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Age of Iron

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LEGENDS AREN'T BORN. THEY'RE FORGED.
Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary travelling south to join up with King Zadar's army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people.
First, Spring, a child he finds scavenging on the battlefield, and then Lowa, one of Zadar's most fearsome warriors, who's vowed revenge on the king for her sister's execution.
Now Dug's on the wrong side of that thousands-strong army he hoped to join -- and worse, Zadar has bloodthirsty druid magic on his side. All Dug has is his war hammer, one rescued child and one unpredictable, highly-trained warrior with a lust for revenge that's going to get them all killed . . .
It's a glorious day to die.

Look out now for YOU DIE WHEN YOU DIE - first in a new historical fantasy series from Angus Watson.

'Watson's tale is gore soaked and profanity laden - full of visceral combat and earthy humor, and laced with subtle magic. The blend of historical accuracy and authorial liberties suggests an old-school sword-and-sorcery epic, though with some modern sensibilities thrown in for good measure!'
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

'Would I read the next one? Yes, absolutely. Bring me my hammer, bring my beer, bring it on.'
SF CROWSNEST

'Watson has created a brilliant and confident debut . . . If you like your fantasy packed with hammer-wielding heroes, bloodthirsty druids, strong female leads, action, intrigue, betrayal, and a brilliantly conceived world then AGE OF IRON is for you.'
THE BOOK BEARD

'Thoroughly entertaining from the get go . . . I really got a kick out of the AGE OF IRON'
THE ELOQUENT PAGE

For more epic action from Angus Watson, check out:

West of West Trilogy
You Die When You Die
The Land you Never Leave
Where Gods Fear to Go

The Iron Age Trilogy
Age of Iron
Clash of Iron
Reign of Iron
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Product details

  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 126 x 197 x 36mm | 386g
  • Orbit
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0356502619
  • 9780356502618
  • 135,284

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From the intriguing blend of historical fiction and fantasy elements to the engaging sense of humour that underpins his main characters and their interactions, Watson has created a brilliant and confident debut . . . If you like your fantasy packed with bloodthirsty druids, hammer-wielding heroes, strong female leads, action, intrigue, betrayal, and a brilliantly conceived world then Age of Iron is for you. The Book Beard
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Thoroughly entertaining from the get go . . . I really got a kick out of the AGE OF IRON * The Eloquent Page * Watson's tale is gore soaked and profanity laden - full of visceral combat and earthy humor, and laced with subtle magic. The blend of historical accuracy and authorial liberties suggests an old-school sword-and-sorcery epic, though with some modern sensibilities thrown in for good measure! * Publisher's Weekly * Would I read the next one? Yes, absolutely. Bring me my hammer, bring my beer, bring it on! * SF Crowsnest * From the intriguing blend of historical fiction and fantasy elements to the engaging sense of humour that underpins his main characters and their interactions, Watson has created a brilliant and confident debut . . . If you like your fantasy packed with bloodthirsty druids, hammer-wielding heroes, strong female leads, action, intrigue, betrayal, and a brilliantly conceived world then Age of Iron is for you. * The Book Beard *
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About Angus Watson

Angus Watson is an author and journalist living in London. He's written hundreds of features for many newspapers including the Times, Financial Times and the Telegraph, and the latter even sent him to look for Bigfoot. As a fan of both historical fiction and epic fantasy, Angus came up with the idea of writing a fantasy set in the Iron Age when exploring British hillforts for the Telegraph, and developed the story while walking Britain's ancient paths for further articles. You can find him on twitter at @GusWatson or find his website at: www.guswatson.com
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Rating details

1,752 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
5 26% (464)
4 41% (726)
3 23% (409)
2 6% (106)
1 3% (47)

Our customer reviews

Shockingly, I've come across very few books that are set in Britain during the Iron Age. Watson's Age of Iron paved the way for my debut into this sub-genre and I can safely say that it was a delightful experience. What little is known about this time period is mostly learnt from the POV of Julius Casear. Watson makes a bold move by creating an epic story that is based on the could-have-beens of this era. And the touch of fantasy? Brilliant. One of the novel's strongest points is the characters. The story begins with Dug, part seasoned warrior and part world weary mercenary who is hoping for a comfortable life in Zadar's army. Lowa, a female archer in Zadar's army is a force to be reckoned with. And then we have Spring, a mysterious, young girl who is on the run-she was an intriguing characters who was wise beyond her years. What I loved about the characters is that they were not typical heroes/heroines, they were painted in shades of grey and well developed. It was the undeniable realness of these characters that had me hooked from page one. There is no doubt that Dug, Lowa and Spring are an unlikely trio with distinctly different personalities. It was an absolute pleasure to read about each of their internal struggles and interactions with each other especially, the platonic relationship between Dug and Spring. I was a bit wary because fantasy novels sometimes, tend to go overboard with information dumping. Thankfully, this was not the case in Age of Iron! Age of Iron falls on the lighter side of the historical fantasy genre so it was very easy to get into the novel. Even though Watson introduces a multiple characters with switches in POVs, there was no jarring effect so it was relatively easy to keep up with. Although I stated that Age of Iron was on the lighter side of historical fantasy, please note that this is not for someone who shies away from violence and gore. There is a lot of dark humor and considering the time period, it's expected. I didn't mind the dark side because I felt that it made the story more authentic. Where most fantasy novel in this time period tend to be male focused, Age of Iron portrays women as equals and this I LOVED. Watson's writing style is not poetic however, his blunt style suits this novel. The action scenes were well paced and the dialogues were entertaining. Age of Iron brilliantly weaves the elements of history, fantasy, action and humor in this gripping novel. This is a solid must read for epic fantasy fans. I simply cannot wait to meet Dug, Lowa and Spring in the next installment.show more
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