This is my first ever Bernard Cornwell book. It took me a quite a while to read it. I started at the end of September. Although I liked the book I found it very easy to put down on favor of something I liked better. Mild spoiler Part of the reasons for that is that from the very beginning we learn that the main character has a long life. You have all these battles, but it takes away the anxiety knowing that our hero isnt in much danger. Honestly I might read some of this authors other books, but I can't see me continuing this series.