A Might Dawn by Theodore Brun blog tour.

My book review for #AMightyDawn by Theodore Brun. 

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A gripping and brilliantly realised debut epic adventure set in eighth-century Denmark. This is the beginning of an ambitious new series in the vein of George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones.

Hakan, son of Haldan, chosen son of the Lord of the Northern Jutes, swears loyalty to his father in fire, in iron, and in blood. But there are always shadows that roam. When a terrible tragedy befalls Hakan’s household he is forced to leave his world behind. He must seek to pledge his sword to a new king. Nameless and alone, he embarks on a journey to escape the bonds of his past and fulfil his destiny as a great warrior.

Whispers of sinister forces in the North pull Hakan onwards to a kingdom plagued by mysterious and gruesome deaths. But does he have the strength to do battle with such dark foes? Or is death the only sane thing to seek in this world of blood and broken oaths?



 My Review of A Mighty Dawn

*I was luckily sent this book in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much to Kate asking me to participate.* 

I do not normally read this genre, or when I do it centres around Tudor England but I thoroughly enjoyed it and am now eager for more. 

I found this book to be riveting, captivating and not predicable in the slightest, which I loved. This is the first book that I have read about Eighth-Century Scandinavia which was both informative and educational.  I also have not read a lot about the Vikings, so I eagerly delved into the book with no preconceived ideas. 

This is the first book in what I hope will be a brilliant historical fiction series which I will definitely pick up in the future. *EX-CIT-ING…GIVE ME MORE NOW!* 

Within A Mighty Dawn, Brun effortlessly creates a complex world full of intriguing, well put together and compelling characters that will suck you in. While reading this novel, I was fully immersed within the world and at the mercy of Brun cleverly crafted narrative. 

Another part of A Might Dawn that I thoroughly enjoyed was the construction of the narrative. The novel is split in three parts, with each section showing a different side to Hakan aka Erlan (the protagonist). At the beginning of the novel, Hakan is the chosen son, then he goes on a journey of self discovery and finally we (the reader) see him under the ruling of a new king.

After tragedy strikes Hakan’s life, he abandons his old identity and instead takes on the new identity of Erlan. This journey of discovery is one that can be felt by all readers and the tragedy element makes it a page turning extravaganza. 

I do not want to give away any of the book but if you are a reader of historical fiction or fantasy, go check out this wonderful book. This book deserves all its recognition and much much more.

Release date for paperback: 4th January 2018 
Book extent:  608 pages
Publisher: Corvus Books (an imprint of Atlantic Books) 



Author Bio:

Theo is an established author and public speaker. At Cambridge, he studied Dark Age archaeology (amongst other things), graduating with a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology and an MPhil in History. After university he trained as a solicitor, qualifying into the area of arbitration law where he worked for several years, including for two Magic Circle firms. His career took him first to London, then to Moscow, Paris and finally Hong Kong.

However, in 2010, disenchanted with the law and with the germ of an idea for a series of novels already in his head, he quit his job in Hong Kong, jumped on a bicycle and pedalled 10,685 miles across Asia and Europe to his home in Norfolk. At this point he sat down in a spider-infested cottage to write the first volume in his epic historical fiction series, the Wanderer Chronicles. Four years later, A Mighty Dawn was published by Corvus Atlantic. Its sequel, A Sacred Storm, is due for release in July 2018.​

Theo is a third generation Viking immigrant, his Danish grandfather having settled in England in 1932. One could say Viking stories are in his blood. They did also form a small part of his degree, but the truth is they only came alive for him through the discovery of Wagner’s Ring Cycle when he was studying for his law exams. Through this unlikely portal, Theo discovered the hoard of stories from the old Scandinavian and Germanic worlds which underlie many of the works of authors like Tolkein, CS Lewis, George RR Martin, Neil Gaiman, Giles Kristian and Bernard Cornwell to name a few. It was this material that provided the inspiration for the first two novels in his Wanderer Chronicles series.

Besides writing, Theo is also an acclaimed speaker and has presented to a wide variety of audiences about his epic bike journey and about creative writing, as well as inspiring young people to dream big and pursue their passions.

Theo is married to Natasha. They live in London together with Natasha’s daughter, Ella, their baby girl, Talitha, and an unruly dog named Wilmo. 

For more information visit the below website:

Website – www.theodorebrun.com/home

Facebook – www.facebook.com/theodorebrunauthor/

Twitter –twitter.com/theodorebrun




Book Club Recommendations needed…

Hello lovelies,

I need some help. I need you to leave me some book recommendations in the comments below!!  Myself and my university friends are planing on starting a book club and I need some great book titles to suggest.


What have you read recently?

Also don’t forget to go and check out my Instagram or ‘bookstagram’ over at book_captivation. 

What I have read in 2017 so far 👏🏻

Dissertation Books-

SOOOOOOO many research books for my dissertation, I am not going to bore you with all the titles though. It is like 76 or something now and I think don’t want to bombard you with trauma and gender theory. everywordiknow.gifUniversity Books- (books read for my course.)

  • Child of God by Cormac McCarthy
  • Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
  • Close Range by Annie Proulx
  • The Road Cormac McCarthy
  • No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  • The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban giphyFun books-
  1. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
  2. The Girl Before by J.P.Delaney
  3. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
  4. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  5. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

It makes me really really sad that I have only read five books for fun this year so far…ahhh…so annoying!

Do you have any book recommendations?? 

Oops (more books) 

I Was Here by Gayle Forman

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated.

She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, and some secrets of his own. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

Lying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman 


Skye is looking for an escape from the reality of last summer when her sister died in a tragic accident. Her parents think that a camp for troubled teenagers might help her process her grief. All of the kids at the summer camp have lost someone close, but is bringing them together such a good idea? And can everyone at camp be trusted? When Skye starts receiving text messages from someone pretending to be her dead sister, she knows it’s time to confront the past. But what if the danger is right in front of her?


Buying books makes me so happy, legit reading just transports me to my happy place and I get soo much enjoyment out of browsing books. 



Hillow City by Ransom Riggs 

September 3,1940. Ten Peculiar Children Flee an army of deadly monsters. And only one person can then-but she’s trapped in the body of a bird. The extraordinary journey that begins in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. There, they hope to find a cure for their beloved head-mistress, Miss Peregrine. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around the corner. And before Jacob can deliver the peculiar children to safely, he must make an important decision about his love for Emma Bloom. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience. 

Always with Love by Giovanna Fletcher  

The next much-anticipated romantic chapter in Billy and Sophie’s love story from bestselling author Giovanna Fletcher.

Sophie’s got used to being the girlfriend of Billy Buskin, the biggest movie star in the world. Sort of.
But when she and Billy take a trip to visit his family in Los Angeles, she quickly discovers she’s totally unprepared for the chaos of Hollywood, the paparazzi and Billy’s controlling mother.
And when Billy extends his stay in LA, leaving Sophie to fly home to Rosefont Hill alone, it seems there’s more than just miles between them.
Now Sophie must decide if they can overcome their differences for good. Because not every love story lasts the distance . . .
Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King 

There is a treasure here for every reader: a man who keeps reliving exactly the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again; a columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries; a poignant tale about the end of the human race and a firework competition between neighbours which reaches an explosive climax. 

The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave 

Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella Riosse dreams of the faraway lands her father once mapped.
When her closest friend disappears into the island’s Forgotten Territories, she volunteers to guide the search. As a cartographer’s daughter, she’s equipped with elaborate ink maps and knowledge of the stars, and is eager to navigate the island’s forgotten heart.
But the world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland – and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a legendary fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself. 
What Light by Jay Asher  

Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. 
Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.
By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.
What Light is a love story that’s moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable. 
The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle 

This is a life told back to front.

This is a man who has lied all his life.
Roy is a conman living in a small English town, about to pull off his final con. He is going to meet and woo a beautiful woman and slip away with her life savings. But who is the man behind the con? 
What has he had to do to survive a life of lies?

And who has had to pay the price? 

Can I do it?

*Drumroll please*

At the beginning of the year I decided to set myself a reading challenge and if you have been reading my blog for a long time now, you know the ultimate number changed a few times...50/75/115/100… you get the idea.   

A few posts of mine about the reading challenge-

Nearly half way…

62 out of 100 reading challenge.

As you know, we don’t have very long left of 2016 and I am starting to panic a little bit because I  have only read 88 books this year. That means that I still have to read 12 more books to reach my goal of 100 books read in 2016. 

I need your help…please motivate me in the comments below with book suggestions/ books you have loved this year etc. JUST PLEASE MOTIVATE ME!! I REALLY WANT TO ACHIEVE MY GOAL. 







62 out of 100 reading challenge.

**Due to working full time over summer, I have decreased my reading challenge from 115 to 100, just because I really want to complete this challenge. If I reach 100 before the year is over, I will put it up to 115 again. **

  1. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
  2. As I lay Dying by William Faulkner
  3. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  4. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  5. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Scwab
  6. Grief Is Thing with Feathers by Max Porter
  7. Lolita by Vladimir Nabovok
  8. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn (read again)
  9. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (read again)
  10. Girl Online by Zoe Sugg (read again)
  11. Girl on Tour by Zoe Sugg
  12. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (read again)
  13. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  14. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  15. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  16. All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher (read again, I love it!)
  17. Love, Tanya by Tanya Burr (read again)
  18. Ripples of Hope by Josh Gottheimer
  19. City of Bones by Cassandra Claire
  20. The Lovely Bones (read again)
  21. The Pictures of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  22. Tender is the Night by F.Scott Fitzergald
  23. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  24. The Jugle by Upton Sinclair
  25. Anthem by Ayn Rand
  26. The return of the King by J.R.R Tolkien
  27. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  28. Room by Emma Donoghue
  29. Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
  30. Lucky by Professor Green (finally finished it, left it at home 😭)
  31. The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff
  32. After You by Jo Jo Moyes
  33. Where she Went by Gayle Forman (read it again)
  34. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  35. The bees by Carol Anne Duffy
  36. Sylvia Plath: poems selected by Ted Hughes by Sylvia Plath
  37. A Book Addict’s Treasury by Julie Rugg
  38. The Widow by Fiona Barton
  39. The Cambrige introduction to F.Scott Fitzgerald by Kirk Curnutt
  40. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (read again)
  41. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  42. F.Scott Fitzgerald and the Art of Social Fiction by Brian Way
  43. Reason to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
  44. Writing Essays: A Guide for students by Richard Marggraf
  45. One with You by Sylvia Day
  46. **** the Anatomy of Melancholy by Mattew Selwyn
  47. Middlemarch by George Elliot
  48. The Diver’s Seat by Muriel Spark
  49. Gone by T.J.Brearton
  50. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
  51. Monster by Allan Hall
  52. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L.Armentrout
  53. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens by J.M.Barrie
  54. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (read again)
  55. How to Be a Woman by Caitlin
  56. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  57. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  58. Matilda by Roald Dahl (read again)
  59. Falling Man by Don DeLillo
  60. The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett
  61. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  62. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  63. Bridget Jones – The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding

63 out of 100 – 63% of my ‘Goodreads’ reading challenge.