Sunday 11 June 2017

Carole's Sunday Review: Lord of the sea castle

Author: Ruadh Butler

Title: Lord of the Sea Castle
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: ebook
Published: June 2017
Where I Got It: My Shelf (Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)

It is 1170 – a tumultuous time for the people of Wales, England and Ireland. Raymond de Carew is in love, but the woman he desires is an earl's daughter and so far above his station that he has no hope of ever winning her.

However, Raymond’s lord has a mission for him: one that if it succeeds will put an Irish king back on his throne and prove Raymond worthy – for in Norman society, a man can rise as high as his skill with a sword can take him.

With only a hundred men at his side, Raymond must cross the ocean to Ireland ahead of his mercenary lord's invasion. There he will face the full might of the Viking city of Waterford... and either his deeds will become legend or he will be trampled into dust.

There are a couple of reasons why I picked this up...1) I wanted a good historical book, 2) I wanted war!! Yes, I got the blood-lust ;D, and 3) It is set in Waterford and I live in a Waterford (not the Waterford that this is set in, but ya know lol). 

There was a lot of battles and blood and war and I liked it!! It was really good and written well. It was not gross, like some novels can be, and it was not boring and didn't drag on. A nice flow. There was a decent balance with the war/action-y parts versus the "calmer" parts. The balance could've been better, but it wasn't bad. 

I wish there had been a hair more time with character development and world-building. I didn't feel connected with the main character until about halfway through the book. And I had a hard time seeing the world. Maybe it was just me? 

It was really interesting seeing this side of the conflict. Mainly books in this time period is written on the English side, so I was happy to read the other side. 

The love story was okay and it added a human element to the story. Without it, I feel it would've felt more like a history book. I wasn't a fan of the girl tho (heck - I can't even recall her name). I feel he could've done better in my opinion. Her family was a pain.

I am curious to see what is going to happen next. There was a little epilogue at the end, but there is so much story left! 

In the end, this was okay. I loved a lot of it, but there was a lot I didn't like or thought was just okay. If you love or need some bloody historical fiction with a touch of romance, this is the book for you. In the end, I'll give this a 3. 


  1. LOL at reason #2 for grabbing it. ::snort::

  2. Like Anna said there's nothing wrong w/blood lust, or lust for that matter. It sounds like one of The Outlander novels a bit. thanks #getsocial17

  3. I feel you on the bloodlust aspect. I always perk up and get excited when an action/fantasy novel gets bloody and limbs start flying. I think mainly because unless you're reading a war novel, whereas I primarily read romance, the author tends to gloss over the more gruesome scenes. I'll have to add this book to my GR. ;) #GetSocial17

  4. aww it sounds like this book would have been fantastic with more character development and world building. Glad you got what you wanted but sorry it fell it a little short

  5. Sounds pretty good. Very different from what I usually read.

  6. The reason number two makes me laugh! Great reasons to read this one!

  7. Yeah I get the bloodlust every once in awhile!



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