I have never seen plague bring a man back from the dead. Nor do I know of any sickness, in England or upon the continent, that gives its victims a taste for living flesh. So declares Sir Edward Dallingridge, a noble knight whose years defending England on the battlefield haven't prepared him to face an enemy as chilling - and relentless - as the living dead. But even as his countrymen flee in horror, Sir Edward rides straight into the unholy infestation. For his lady love lies trapped behind a hundred miles of fiendish terror, and nothing will keep him from her. With little more than the armor on his back, the blade in his hand, and the loyalty of the two fellow warriors at his side, he is willing to spill an ocean of tainted blood to reclaim the country he serves and the bride he worships.
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This is a beautifully detailed dark quest through a broken and twisted medieval England. The characters are strongly written and Evers-Swindell does an excellent job making them stand out as individuals.
I would have loved a sequel - and now I see that one has been published since I read this. I will buy it and listen with great pleasure, I have no doubt.
If this book has a flaw (and it is very fine indeed), it is that it is, if anything, too action packed. The main protagonist never gets a moment but is always running to or from something. It was a little exhausting for the reader and must have been even more so for poor Sir Edward.
A damn fine read, well worth the time.
"IN THESE TIMES OF MADNESS, ONLY MADNESS WILL SAVE"
Can't understand why this does not have higher ratings. Picture Michael Sullivan with Zombies and you have Roberto Calas' The Scourge. There are three great main characters. The interaction between the three is often funny, which helps with the anxiety from all the danger they face. They go from one dangerous situation to another. I have read several Zombie books and I felt they were used in this book a little differently. Some shades of the same, such as using female zombies as whores (Zombie Fallout) or as an army, one Maberry book, Zombie Fallout again and Clines Ex series. One reviewer mentioned this is not the first medieval zombie book, but I did not recognize the author or book and it is not available at audible. In my humble opinion this was better written then those books and is on par with Sullivan. This should appeal to Zombie fans and Fantasy epic fans.
THE NEW TESTAMENT IS A BEAUTIFUL QUILT THROWN OVER A BED OF NAILS
The book has a lot of religion talk and at first seems anti-Christian, but may have changed toward the end. I found the discussions about the grumpy old testament god and the loving new testament god to be thought provoking.
INTENT IS THE TRUE MEASURE OF FAULT
If you like sarcastic humor, Zombies or fantasy epics, I urge to give this a try, I do not believe you will be disappointed.
The narrator is very good and makes the book a better listen then a read.
"Exciting Quest with Knights and Zombies"
I like a good zombie book but there are not too many really good ones - this is a GOOD one. We follow the trials and tribulations of three earnest and yet wonderfully humorous knights as they quest north to find the beloved wife of one of them, praying that the "plaguers" have not taken her. The zombies are considered victims of a terrible plague in the land. But I'll tell you what - you better have the next book in the series ready to go. Nostrum it is named and I'm not sure why Audible is not showing it as part of a series. Book 1 ends - wham - and you will really want to have book 2 standing close by in the wings.
Wonderfully narrated by Nico Evers-Swindell. I do love narrators who can do a wide variety of voices as well as he does.
"Loved the story"
I loved the story. The personalities were great. I think the only complaint I have was that it ended in the middle of things rather than at a real conclusion. I will be reading the next one.
"A great take on on old topic"
Medieval zombies, with a wonderful scientific explanation in there. Add some historical accuracy and you have a really interesting book. The characters play off each other well. I highly recommend this book.
"The Walking Dead meets Ivanhoe!"
The zombie apocalypse in the middle ages? Sign me up! This first in a trilogy deals with a knight and his 2 knightly companions trying to rescue the knights wife from an abbey a 100 or so miles northeast of London during a zombie apocalypse. This is in the 1300's, when that would seem like a really long distance on horseback, especially with a horde of zombies in the way. They still make the attempt. It seems mail, swords, maces and crossbows are actually good weapons and defense against zombies. The intrepid knights travel across a nightmare England, with a ravenous population, warlords staking their claims in a lawless land, and even French incursions! The plot is fast moving, the characters engaging, and the religions aspect is handled well, especially in an age where everything is seen through a religious prism. The battle scenes really shine, showing just how well an armored knight can do against the walking dead! Using real locations, and a main character who actually existed just adds realism to the story. I would recommend this to any fan of zombie and knight stories.
"Knights vs Zombies - Epic"
My new fav author!!!! I honestly didn't think any new zombie books could be written without being "just another" zombie novel. I was mistaken, this book is great.
I love how the author wrote in quite a bit of humor. I laughed, I cringed and most of all I was spellbound.
Can't wait to read more from this author and continuing on to more Scourged!!
"An interesting new spin on a zombie apocolypse"
Tristan's endless supply of sarcasm and wit is just what this story needs to keep it from being too dismal.
The end is rather abrupt, so I was very happy to see that Calas continues the story in his next book.
"I loved it"
As a rule I typically don't like zombie fics. I tried this one because it's a historical and referenced to some degree the black plague in the 14th century. The book doesn't really have much to do with the actual history of the plague but by the time I finished the first chapter I didn't care. I had forgotten that for the most part I don't like zombie fics and was enjoying this one to the fullest. It's funny and engaging and I couldn't put it down. I recommend it to anyone who can deal with the sometimes off-color humor. I couldn't stop laughing.
Medieval zombies. That's all you really need to know about this book. If you like zombie genre books, it's a different take, although it uses nearly all the same apocalypse cliches as a book set in the present would just with horses instead of cars. If you don't like zombie books, then what are you doing even reading reviews of the book?
To be warned though, it ends kind of abruptly, or maybe not really having resolved things. So if you are the type to get really invested in characters, be prepared to buy the next book.
I was going to give the book a fourth star for plot, but then I got to the last half hour or so of narration. At the end of the plot part of the book, the narrator embarks on a chapter by chapter self-important ego trip about all the historical research he did when he wrote the book. I made it about five minutes in and then called it quits on that front. A short note with some suggested reading for those interested in social/geographical/military aspects of the medieval period would have been sufficient. Reading reviews of the next book, it sounds like the author has switched (or maybe the narration is arranged differently) and these historical notes are read at the end of each chapter instead of the end of the whole book. If this is the case, I won't be getting the next one for sure.
"Something different, pretty good"
So Sir Edward and his two pals, Morgan and Tristan ride to the north in search of...you guessed it, Edwards wife! So the typical zombie story and elements are intact; we follow them as they encounter one weird and crazy group after the other until they get to his wife.
The difference is the setting, its medieval England which is done really quite well. The zombiesm in this story is kinda ill defined, being treated more like what they know of from before, the plague. They don't seem to make huge hordes and chase humanity around forever, they can in fact get distracted and lose interest if you keep galloping away from them.
But they're still zombies, need to chop at the head and all that. An advantage these knights have compared to modern stories is that they do in fact have amour! They eventually lose their chain mail, war horses and swords, but still...
Religion is always part of a good zombie story, but here its even bigger since its the middle ages. Morgan I think was a monk and is deeply religious while Tristan seems atheist and plays the comedic side kick.
Lack of any major female character kept the story on track, if you find lovey dovey stuff distracting. I don't and would have preferred some deeper relational aspects in the story. Other than that, its a good read, and look! There is a book 2! Think I'll pick that up, although I think the story could have just ended the way it was. We know there is no cure...don't we?
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