Fresh fantasy of an alt-history bent. Dug Sealskinner, our warhammer-wielding-mercenary, just wants a paycheck. Unfortunately baleful Kings, maleficent Druids, and doing the right thing get in the way. Age of Iron is filled with believable characters, hilarious one-liners, and nearly every use of the exclamation "badgers' bollocks". Seriously this book has everything you've wanted in a period-piece fantasy. Excellent.
Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary traveling 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 has vowed revenge on the king for her sister's execution.
Now Dug's on the wrong side of the 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 small child, and one unpredictable, highly-trained warrior with a lust for revenge that might get them all killed . . .
About the Author
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.
"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 clearly modern sensibilities thrown in for good measure."—Publishers Weekly