What (am I currently reading)?
I am currently reading the historical fantasy novel The Coronation by Justin Newland. This was published in December 2019 by Matador Books.
Book Blurb (supplied by www.zooloosbooktours.co.uk )
It is 1761. Prussia is at war with Russia and Austria. As the Russian army occupies East Prussia, King Frederick the Great and his men fight hard to win back their homeland.
In Ludwigshain, a Junker estate in East Prussia, Countess Marion von Adler celebrates an exceptional harvest. But this is soon requisitioned by Russian troops. When Marion tries to stop them, a Russian Captain strikes her. His Lieutenant, Ian Fermor, defends Marion’s honour, but is stabbed for his insubordination. Abandoned by the Russians, Fermor becomes a divisive figure on the estate.
Close to death, Fermor dreams of the Adler, a numinous eagle entity, whose territory extends across the lands of Northern Europe and which is mysteriously connected to the Enlightenment. What happens next will change the course of human history
About the Author
Justin Newland is an author of historical fantasy and secret history thrillers – that’s history with a supernatural twist. His stories feature known events and real people from history which are re-told and examined through the lens of the supernatural. He gives author talks and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio Bristol’s Thought for the Day. He lives with his partner in plain sight of the Mendip Hills in Somerset, England.
Books by Justin Newland
The Genes of Isis is a tale of love, destruction and ephemeral power set under the skies of Ancient Egypt. A re-telling of the Biblical story of the flood, it reveals the mystery of the genes of Isis – or genesis – of mankind.
The Old Dragon’s Head is a historical fantasy and supernatural thriller set during the Ming Dynasty and played out in the shadows the Great Wall of China. It explores the secret history of the influences that shaped the beginnings of modern times.
Set during the Great Enlightenment, The Coronation reveals the secret history of the Industrial Revolution.
His latest, The Abdication (July, 2021), is a suspense thriller, a journey of destiny, wisdom and self-discovery.
Follow Justin Newland at:
Website : http://www.justinnewland.com/
Why (have I chosen to read it)?
I enjoy historical fiction, and thought some history of Prussia, Russia and (particularly) Austria would be interesting. I live close to the walking route Adler’s Way here in Austria and thought background to that might be included. Turns out the Adler’s Way is named after the shape of the walk, which is like an Adler/Eagle, and nothing to do with the Adler/eagle of The Coronation. But hey, this is how one finds new authors.
While (I am reading it)
I haven’t been walking the Adler’s Way, instead I’ve been enjoying the Easter decorations people display in their gardens, or in local restaurants, such as this:
All the best, Emma