The Book of Dreams (2020)

The Book of Dreams Tim Severin The Book of Dreams Sigwulf a minor Saxon prince is saved from execution after his family is slaughtered by the ruthless King Offa of Mercia Thanks to his Devil s Mark his eyes of different colors Sigwulf is exiled to
  • Title: The Book of Dreams
  • Author: Tim Severin
  • ISBN: 9780230764422
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Paperback
The Book of Dreams Tim Severin Sigwulf, a minor Saxon prince, is saved from execution after his family is slaughtered by the ruthless King Offa of Mercia Thanks to his Devil s Mark his eyes of different colors Sigwulf is exiled to the Frankish court of King Carolus, the future Charlemagne There Sigwulf survives on his wits while at the same time trying to come to terms with disturbingly propheticSigwulf, a minor Saxon prince, is saved from execution after his family is slaughtered by the ruthless King Offa of Mercia Thanks to his Devil s Mark his eyes of different colors Sigwulf is exiled to the Frankish court of King Carolus, the future Charlemagne There Sigwulf survives on his wits while at the same time trying to come to terms with disturbingly prophetic dreams.He gains the friendship of Count Hroudland, Carolus s powerful and ambitious nephew but, mysteriously, several attempts are made on Sigwulf s life When he obtains a Book of Dreams, a rare text that explains their meaning, he attracts the attention of Carolus himself But th Book proves to be a slippery guide in a world of double dealing Sent into Spain to spy on the Saracens, Sigwulf becomes caught between loyalties either he honors his debt to new Saracen friends, or he serves Count Hroudland in his quest for glory, gold and even the Grail itself.One after another Sigwulf s predictions come true, but often not as expected, and he finds himself swept forward into a final great battle that reveals who his enemies are
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  1. Kenny

    Enjoyable A good diverting read from a reliable author This series is unsurprisingly about a Saxon, but one who ends up in Charlemagne s court It s a standard historical fiction template start with a battle, move the characters around, this time into exile and a new court, conniving and politicking, friendship, a quest and a big battle or two to finish up with And that s absolutely fine by me Severin has always been a reliable author for this while the books are genre standards, they re well wri [...]

  2. Cindy Hall

    An OK young adult historical novel Not enough female characters for my taste, but an interesting take on a part of history I knew nothing about Charlemagne s reign.

  3. Robert

    Just ok Kind of a dissapointment after the Viking series This book seemed a bit flat to me Not badly written, just not as complex or interesting.

  4. Rebecca

    I liked this book, found it interesting in terms of the era It s well researched in terms of historical detail, but there are a few occasions where the prose doesn t flow, a few sentences where an odd choice of word sticks out and sounds awkward But it s a decent book and I already have the second one out of the library ready to read.

  5. Graham Crawford

    Whether one likes or dislikes a particular Historical Fiction novel seems to be a matter of taste than one finds within other genres I find it impossible to judge a book of this type from Good Reads reviewers as some folk will award a begrudged one star and an equal number, a gushing five stars.I suspect it s about the precise blend of history to fiction one finds palatable This book is heavy on the history and light on the fiction, the sort of tome an experimental archaeologist or historical r [...]

  6. Kerry Hennigan

    Set in the late 8th century AD, the first novel in Tim Severin s Saxon series is the story of a young man named Sigwulf who is dispatched by King Offa of Mercia to the court of Charlemagne herein called by his actual name of King Carolus.The Book of Dreams is an Arabic translation of a Greek text that purports to interpret dreams In translating it with the help of his servant Osric Sigwulf finds meaning in his own nightmares and in the dreams of the king s nephew Count Hroundland, who has befrie [...]

  7. E.M. Powell

    The Saxon of the title is Sigwulf, a minor Saxon prince The novel opens with the slaughter of his family in 780 AD, but he escapes execution, instead exiled to the court of King Carolus the future Charlemagne Sigwulf is spared because he bears the Devils Mark, with differently coloured eyes He also experiences disturbing prophetic dreams Exiled with him is his crippled slave, Osric, who has long been his protector and his guardian Sigwulf is befriended by Count Hroudland, Carolus s nephew Sigwul [...]

  8. Raymond Just

    The Book of Dreams is written with Severin s usual high level of detail and clean prose The pacing is a bit slow in places, but can be forgiven as The Book of Dreams is the first book in the author s new Saxon series Unlike his previous two series, however, The Book of Dreams is remarkable for its dearth of personal character development and history The story leaves the reader wanting in the way of feeling for the protagonist, Sigwulf, and his boon companions, Osric and Count Hroudland This fai [...]

  9. Ali Muhammad

    This the 3rd series of Tim Severin that I ve read after Viking and Corsair The character of Sigwulf is pretty much the same with Thorgils in Viking, especially on his paranormal ability I do enjoy the book because this is the 1st novel I ve read about Charlemagne, it is interesting to hear a story of him being the 1st to unite the europe and how his kingdom deal with the muslim neighbour in spain.

  10. Jennifer

    I enjoyed reading this novel because of its solid plot and interesting characters Sometimes it lacked a bit suspense, and I was bored The characters were nicely developed, but showed stereotypical traits Still, the book and story were good 3.5 Stars.

  11. Katie

    Adult book but suitable for YA, precious older fiction children who are into this era.Graphic battle scenes but nothing they won t have read before.Basic sex scenes, but nothing too graphic.It is a retelling of the Song of Roland.

  12. Wilde Sky

    A young man becomes involved in intrigue within an ancient royal dynasty.I found the story to be reasonable, but the pace and writing style were plodding The book did pick up in the last 50 pages.

  13. Schrodingers Woofer

    Not up to the same standard as Viking Something lacking Not a bad read by any means but my expectations of the author were high going in.

  14. Philip

    Pretty good yarn by Tim Severin.Some drivel about a book of dreams that gets lost along with all Charlemagne s treasure.

  15. Shady Lubbad

    I really enjoyed reading this book i wanted the main character to be a little booldy and dark and i really enjoyed the fact that this book doesn t show the arabs in a bad light

  16. Oliver Aldous

    Loved the story and the characters First book in a while I ve read through and wanted the sequel Highly recommended

  17. Otávio Ziglia

    A poor literary book both plot and characters uninteresting and boring although has good historical value, thus becoming a little worth of the time spent.

  18. Deborah Foulkes

    I loved this from the moment I picked it up and couldn t put it down I m already starting the next in the series

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