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Hi, everybody.  I've just published Wasteland, the second part of 'The Lost King' series. Here is something about it.

The year is 1069. The Norman invaders are stealing the lands of the English people, building castles to subdue them and relentlessly making a once free people into serfs.

The English will not, however, submit easily. Armed resistance flares across the land. Yet, to become effective, it needs a leader who can unite the nation.

That leader is Edgar Aetheling, heir of Alfred the Great, a young man born to be king.

Edgar knows he must defeat William the Conqueror, a ruthless leader and formidable foe. But how can a 17 year old boy with an ill-equipped army challenge such a man for his birthright, the throne of England?

Edgar's one hope of victory is to forge an alliance with the ancient Viking enemies of the English and pray that the rest of his people rise up in support of him.

Wasteland tells how the agony of war shapes and matures Edgar and how he learns to inspire loyalty from his allies and respect from his enemies.

It is book 2 of 'The Lost King' series.
 

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Book giveaway

To celebrate my first three months as an indie writer I am giving away free copies of my books. Any resultant reviews and tags will be most gratefully received.

5 copies of each of my titles are available. To get a free copy please email me on:

[email protected]

saying which title you would like.

I am keeping this offer open for 24 hours and will email everybody after 12 noon GMT on Monday.

Here are the titles.

The Lost King: Resistance. The long suppressed story of how Edgar, the legitimate heir to the English throne led the resistance to William the Conqueror.

Wasteland: Book 2 of The Lost King series. Edgar enters into an alliance with the Danes. The combined armies experience swift victory against the Normans. William, however, plans his revenge.

Nuggets: Fast fiction for busy readers. These stories are phone-friendly.

Mr Toad's Wedding: The prize winning story of the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story in the style of 'The Wind in the Willows.'

My collection of short stories Pick and Mix is not included in this giveaway as I am giving proceeds from these sales in July and August to Alzheimer's Charities.

Thanks very much for your interest,

Martin Lake
 

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If there was not a good time to move from childhood to manhood it was 1069.  Especially if you had to challenge William the Conqueror, the deadliest warrior of the age, for your Kingdom.
 

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Three years after the Battle of Hastings the Norman grip upon England was threatened by an army led by Edgar Aetheling.
 

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The harrying of the north was the sin which even William the Conqueror's clerics said could never be forgiven.  Wasteland tells part of this terrible history.
 

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The year is 1069. The Norman invaders are stealing the lands of the English people, building castles to subdue them and relentlessly making a once free people into serfs.

The English will not, however, submit easily. Armed resistance flares across the land. Yet, to become effective, it needs a leader who can unite the nation.

That leader is Edgar Aetheling, heir of Alfred the Great, a young man born to be king.

Edgar knows he must defeat William the Conqueror, a ruthless leader and formidable foe. But how can a 17 year old boy with an ill-equipped army challenge such a man for his birthright, the throne of England?

Edgar's one hope of victory is to forge an alliance with the ancient Viking enemies of the English and pray that the rest of his people rise up in support of him.

Wasteland tells how the agony of war shapes and matures Edgar and how he learns to inspire loyalty from his allies and respect from his enemies.

It is book 2 of 'The Lost King' series.
 
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