Saxon's Bane by Geoffrey Gudgion

Saxon's Bane

Fergus Sheppard’s world changes forever the day his car crashes near the remote village of Allingley. Traumatised by his near-death experience, he returns to thank the villagers who rescued him, and stays to work at the local stables as he recovers from his injuries. He will discover a gentler pace of life, fall in love ¬ and be targeted for human sacrifice.Clare Harvey’s life will never be the same either. The young archaeologist’s dream ...


Details Saxon's Bane

TitleSaxon's Bane
ISBN9781781081365
Author
Release DateAug 27th, 2013
PublisherSolaris Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreHorror, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller
Rating

Reviews Saxon's Bane

  • Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
    1970-01-01
    This is a deliciously subtle horror - and because of that even if horror is not your cup of tea I'd suggest you give it a go.It is safe to say that I am fascinated by the history of Britain. I know all sorts of obscure trivia. And this book has added to it! Hooray! I absolutely LOVED the historical and archaeological aspects of this story.The pacing is excellent. The story undulates naturally as the plot unravels. Folklore and tradition play a hu...
  • Paul
    1970-01-01
    Fergus is a passenger in a car with a work colleague and is involved in a serious accident when trying to avoid a stag in the middle of the road. Kate, the driver, dies fairly soon after, and it takes a while for help to arrive, but one of the first people he sees looks unkempt and has a tattoo of a stag in the centre of his forehead. Help arrives soon after and he begins the long process of recovery and recuperation.That same day Clare, and arch...
  • Paul
    1970-01-01
    I’ll begin with a confession, I’ve been told its good for the soul. I have spent the last week agonising over how to write anything resembling a coherent review of this book. Not, I should stress, because the book is bad, quite the reverse in fact, the book is wonderful. The problem I have had is trying to adequately convey in words the myriad of thoughts and feelings that this particular story has provoked. The trauma that Fergus experiences...
  • Richard Sutton
    1970-01-01
    By the dark waters of a quiet millpond lying in the heart of a rural English village, a pair of workers unearth an ancient injustice. Geoffrey Gudgion has skillfully woven the intricate interconnections showing how the power disturbed in this peat bog, ripples outwards -- forever altering the lives of an injured businessman from the city, an academic archaeologist, a local horse trainer, a local pub owner and the rest of the village residents. Sa...
  • Cindy
    1970-01-01
    3,5 starshttp://draumrkopablog.wordpress.com/2...The summary for this book had me intrigued. I immediately imagined a sort of reincarnation story and since I’m a history nut, some old crime from the time of the Saxon’s coming to haunt people today made me eager to read ‘Saxon’s Bane’. Now, it wasn’t fully what I expected, it’s a lot more complex than that, the emotions in this book go a lot deeper and the focus is very much on the c...
  • So, I Read This Book Today
    1970-01-01
    Two stars simply because part of the book was well done.Saxon’s Bane starts out well. The anthropology is done well, and the Saxon history is spot on. Some of the history of the Old Ways is well done: The Old Way teaches us that all living things are sacred, that there is a life force in everything and connecting everything. Gudgion speaks of the Christian church, and how they took over, folding the myths and religion into the church to pull th...
  • Kavita
    1970-01-01
    Saxon’s Bane is a book about how ancient events influence the present. It can be classified as paranormal, but could also fall under the category of a thriller. The main character of the story, Fergus survives a car crash and feels inexplicably drawn to the site of his accident. Claire, an archaeologist, keeps getting nightmares since the time some ancient Saxon remains were found near the accident site. Include Eadlin, the village ‘wise woma...
  • Cindy
    1970-01-01
    Sucks you in from the first page. Believe it or not, the initiating car wreck is told so well, you can smell the spilled gasoline and the stag’s wet fur. After the wreck, Fergus has lots of issues, not least his rehab and the loss of his partner, Kate, but also his developing connection to the town of Allingley. There are good guys and bad guys and an archaeologist, Clare, who dreams her work and worries she might be going crazy because the dre...
  • Lisa Lieberman
    1970-01-01
    The accidental clarity. I read this line in an Alice Munro story years ago and it has stayed with me. Something causes you to step back and look at your life, ask yourself why you've ended up in the place you're in, the job you're in, the relationship you're in. A fleeting insight, and you realize how it all might have gone differently.Here it's a near-death experience that has Fergus wondering if he's losing his mind. Vivid dreams that bring Cla...
  • Mieneke
    1970-01-01
    After reading the synopsis for Saxon's Bane, the book immediately piqued my interest and I put it on my books-to-look-out-for-list. Then last November, I had the pleasure of meeting Geoff at WFC. We chatted for a bit and I admired the huge helmet that was on display at the Solaris table during his signing. It was a lovely chat, which made me want to read my review copy for Saxon's Bane even more. It took me a bit longer than I'd planned, but I re...
  • Matt
    1970-01-01
    There was a moment early in Saxon's Bane, as the protagonist hurtles down a dark road in the English countryside on Samhain, when I thought, "Yes! Yes! Yes!" Geoffrey Gudgion maintains that propulsive energy throughout much of his debut novel.Saxon's Bane is a story of intersecting fates. Fergus, the main character and the author's proxy, suffers a debilitating car accident in the opening chapter. (Not a spoiler.) Clare, an archaeologist, begins ...
  • Janette Fleming
    1970-01-01
    Fergus Sheppard’s world changes for ever the day his car crashes near the remote village of Allingley. Traumatised by his near-death experience, he returns to thank the villagers who rescued him, and stays to work at the local stables as he recovers from his injuries. He will discover a gentler pace of life, fall in love – and be targeted for human sacrifice.Clare Harvey’s life will never be the same either. The young archaeologist’s drea...
  • Lucy
    1970-01-01
    This is a psychological thriller with strong characters and a lively plot, but it is also more than that. Geoffrey Gudgion has a gift for describing things – the look or feel of a particular landscape, elements of the natural world, psychological or emotional states – in a way that can sometimes be quite uncanny, as though he’s captured something you’d always felt or known, but had never consciously articulated. The story is set in the fi...
  • Marcus Bicknell
    1970-01-01
    Saxon’s Bane is a cracking read. It is easy to get sucked in by the car crash on the effects it has on the hero Fergus; much of the text here rings very true including the women he meets and the horse he makes a bond of trust with. The man's background in business, in the manner of his walking out of it and his need to escape the image of his colleague killed in a car crash gnaw way persistently at the bone of reality.The parallel story of Clar...
  • Sarah Potter
    1970-01-01
    A superb debut novel by a master storyteller. It's always so exciting to stumble across new talent and know you've found an author whose novels you will always rush to buy on publication day. Geoffrey Gudgion, I've joined your fast-growing fan club."Saxon's Bane" is a story set in a contemporary village, where the extraordinary starts to encroach on the everyday after two happenings in quick succession: the unearthing of a Saxon warrior at an arc...
  • Leah
    1970-01-01
    Really pedestrian 'horror' with minimal character development and a truly ordinary antagonist. Gudgion's real weakness would appear to be women. Any women. All women. Women with cleavages, and rumps* that get all up in his character's grill so's he can't think none too straight. All I can say, after too many pages of our hero's pained and constantly distracted internal monologues, is that if being a straight man is like this then thank god for my...
  • Jo
    1970-01-01
    Saxon's BaneBy Geoffrey GudgionSummery courtesy of goodreads.comFergus Sheppard’s world changes forever the day his car crashes near the remote village of Allingley. Traumatised by his near-death experience, he returns to thank the villagers who rescued him, and stays to work at the local stables as he recovers from his injuries. He will discover a gentler pace of life, fall in love ¬ and be targeted for human sacrifice.Clare Harvey’s life w...
  • Phyllis Brooke
    1970-01-01
    Saxon's Bane hits all the right notes for me. Set in picturesque rural England, it's an intriguing, mystical and moving story in which the present reawakens the past, with violent consequences. It's well researched and beautifully told, through the eyes of some great characters. Geoffrey Gudgion's prose transports you right into his world and holds you there from the first to last page. I can see, hear and smell the countryside; can feel the heal...
  • Abbie DiscoSuperFly
    1970-01-01
    What I liked: The idea, and the setting. The setting sounded beautiful!What I didn't like: I was quite confessed during the story, and in the end did not understand the entire part of the Saxon. The dreams did not really help anyone, nor did they effect the story. The Saxon did not play a big part, and I thought at least he would be helping them at some point....but I was disappointed. Some of the characters were interesting, but a lot were prett...
  • Annielaural
    1970-01-01
    Loved the vulnerability of the protagonist. Enjoyed the strong female characters. Took pleasure in the puns and the imagery. Enjoyed stepping into small town, rural England. Enjoyed the mythological/historical background. Descriptions like 'morning light sharp enough to cut glass' and 'he parked her words in the mental corner as'...delightful details, nasty bad guys, a great tale written by a man who obviously loves women and has had a fine exper...
  • Patricia Dusenbury
    1970-01-01
    This is an intriguing combination that mixes ancient legends and wisdom with a modern adventure/romance. The result is a well-written page turner that leaves you thinking about some serious questions. The author does a fantastic job portraying the physical and emotional struggles of a man involved in, and barely surviving an accident that kills a very good friend. This near-dath experience leaves him more receptive to, and perhaps a conduit for, ...
  • David
    1970-01-01
    I was expecting a very different book. It's blurbed as a WICKER MAN-esque thriller. It is a thriller, but set very much in the real world. The English village and countryside are substantial enough to rate a as major character in the novel. Supernatural? Only very slightly. This is a thoughtful, meditative ode to England and it's pagan roots. Immensely enjoyable.
  • Joan Fallon
    1970-01-01
    Saxon's Bane has a brilliant opening and you are sucked straight into the story. It is well written and the characters are likeable (some of them) and believable. Although the middle part is a bit slow because the hero is constantly drawn back into his own personal trauma, the action picks up at the end and there is a thrilling climax to the story. Well worth reading.
  • Ute Carbone
    1970-01-01
    Geoff Gudgion's lush and sensual descriptions alone make this a must read. Add myth, great characters and a bit of suspense sprinkled with magical realism and you get a brilliant book that should be on every book lovers to be read list.
  • Darby Karchut
    1970-01-01
    Strong characters, a creative take on some of the mythology revolving around the early Saxons of Great Britain, and a page-turning plot. Highly recommended. The only tiny issue I could not get a clear picture in my head what the main character, Fergus, looked like.
  • Saxonjus
    1970-01-01
    I loved this book! A sort of modern Wicker Man meets A Cult meets Gladiator.This book kept my imagination flowing
  • Melisende d'Outremer
    1970-01-01
    This is one of those stories when the reality of the main characters collide with something all-together unreal.At the time Fergus is involved in a car accident outside of a small English village, archaeologist Clare is making a discovery of her lifetime. Fergus' return to the village is some sort of catharsis whilst visions of a past life of the Saxon warrior unearthed from the bog plague the dreams of Clare. As Beltane approaches, are Clare and...
  • Mel
    1970-01-01
    Not for me. Saxon's Bane was intricately descriptive and clearly very well thought out, but I personally struggled with the lack of dialogue as there was far more description. This didn't give me a chance to warm to any of the characters and meant the book was quite dry and laborious to read. The plot was very slow moving. Overall, a very interesting idea but disappointing.
  • Bames
    1970-01-01
    I have received a copy of the book courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.The story revolves around the character Fergus Sheppard. He and his colleague were travelling in a car on their way to a meeting with a client. They were already late and the weather was pretty bad, when they were along the road to the remote village of Allingley, they saw a stag on the road. As they were trying to avoid hitting the animal, thei...
  • Ken
    1970-01-01
    Following a devastating car crash, Fergus finds himself grieving after the death of his colleague. As he tries to recover from his past he finds himself slowly accepting a rural village and it's citizens as he finds love, peace and clarity. At the same time Clare, an archeologist discovers a Saxon's body in the village. This lead her to having incredibly vivid dreams that seems to sends Clare a message. As Clare and Fergus' path intertwined littl...