The Bastard of Colonia, T.J.S. Hayes

The Bastard of Colonia is the first volume in the anticipated historical fiction series, The Song of the Francs. Set at the end of the seventh century, the novel recounts the early years of the life of Charles Martel, son of Pepin of Herstal and grandfather of Charlemagne. Decades before he becomes the greatest general of his generation and the saviour of his people, Charles is merely a child. He is the last and least of the bastard sons of the mighty Pepin of Herstal, Duke of the Francs, Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia, and the most powerful nobleman in Western Christendom. Taken from his mother’s arms and the idyll of innocence in which he was raised, the child must find his place in the great city of Colonia, where his estranged father rules alongside Plectrude, his legitimate wife. Under the tutelage of his kinsman, Father Leuwin, Charles must learn to navigate the perilous relations among his extended family, including with his cousin, Clovis, nominally King of the Francs. But Clovis does not intend to be Pepin’s puppet-king for long… Herein is the first epic adventure of the boy who would one day become the greatest of all the Francs, and whose name rulers would take for a millennium to follow. So begins the Song of the Francs, the story of Charles. The Bastard of Colonia.

The Bastard of Colonia is an action-packed, and thrilling historical adventure from start to finish that will take its readers on a thrilling, shocking, but above all, incredibly entertaining journey! The journey the reader will encounter throughout The Bastard of Colonia will keep you entertained, enthralled, and excited from start to finish. This is all thanks to the author T.J.S. Hayes who hooks his readers from the very start to the very end. That is why I already have to recommend this book to you lovely readers! However, if you need more convincing then continue to read to learn more about this captivating story!

The Bastard of Colonia is a fast-paced, adventure-packed novel with many themes laced throughout. The reader in The Bastard of Colonia will be taken back in time to the late seventh century and will meet the real-life historical fiction, Charles Martel, the son of Pepin of Herstal. The reader will follow Charles on his journey to becoming the greatest general of his time. We will witness Charles’ rise to greatness but also how he navigates his family and adversaries and this book lovers is the short premise of the incredible The Bastard of Colonia!

The story laced throughout The Bastard of Colonia is full of action and suspense and these two themes, combined with many others, even poignant ones! Are weaved together flawlessly by the author T.J.S. Hayes and the result is an incredibly entertaining story that I will not forget for a long time!

T.J.S. Hayes is the author of The Bastard of Colonia and I wish so much I had found his work sooner! I wish I had because it has been a long time since I have read a tale of this nature so I was thrilled to discover The Bastard of Colonia! It is an incredible book, full of twists and turns galore and sensational literature courtesy of T.J.S. Hayes.

T.J.S. Hayes has managed to write a historical tale that is not only thrilling but informative too as it takes the reader back in time. Hayes knows just how to inform his readers by his wonderful ability to whisk readers away on a journey and perfectly place them in the thick of the drama. As well as this the descriptions laced throughout The Bastard of Colonia are beautiful and they will correctly place you in the thick of the story, making you imagine every detail as well as making you imagine you are right there with the protagonists of the novel! This, in turn, keeps the reader hooked and turning the pages which is what a reader would want in a novel!

Overall The Bastard of Colonia is a magnificent, sensational, and entertaining book that will easily entertain its readers and captivate them to read for many hours so I, of course, have to award this incredible book five stars!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is follow the links below!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Below I have attached some links about the author and this wonderful book so if you would like to learn more about the author and the book then please have a browse. Thank you so much again for reading book lovers!

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