JA is the author who only looks about 15, isn't he? I read this a while ago and had mixed feelings about it. It's a cracking historical adventure in the Bernard Cornwell style set around the northern rebellion by the English two years after the Norman Conquest. There's recently been a slew of novels set around the Norman Conquest. A lot of them do have a tendency to slip into gore-fest mode and Sworn Sword is no exception. I would have preferred more character development, myself, and it can be done - Robert Lyndon's excellent Hawk Quest leads the way in that department. Still, Sworn Sword is at least well-written- streets ahead of something like Stuart Binns' dreadful Conquest.Also reading Sworn Sword by James Aitcheson (sp). It's good writing with a poetic feel. The characters are well developed but there is a lot of fighting in it. It seems mostly to be battle scenes with the quieter moment fitted in to serve as breathers between the next fight scene
Currently reading Gillian Slovo's An Honourable Man, set around the siege of Khartoum.