What if King Arthur’s knights met a very different metal-clad warrior?
What if you were ordered to execute a statue, and hanging just didn’t seem to work?
These short stories explore different aspects of history, some of them grounded in reality, some alternative takes on the past as we know it. Stories of daring and defiance; of love and of loss; of noble lords and exasperated peasants.
This short collection contains five stories:
Holy Water – a pair of medieval peasants struggle with faith and futility as they try to execute a statue.
Farewell to a Foreign Shore – a Viking sets sail from the raiding lands.
Odin’s Mirror – Vikings face the image of the divine in an alternative Dark Ages.
From the Sea – a messenger is plagued by visions on his run from Marathon.
Sir Cai, the Shining Knight – an Arthurian warrior proves to be more than he appears.
From a Foreign Shore is available on Kindle through Amazon.
From reader reviews:
‘ “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” Andrew Knighton has crafted some tantalising gems in this anthology, each one a different take on that musing. He uses the short story format to give us illuminating glimpses of lost worlds and worlds that never were, and they all fire the imagination.’
‘I loved how Knighton’s writing style changed to suit the material of each story, with the tone of a serious Norse epic in Odin’s Mirror and more of an adventurous romp for Sir Cai, the Shining Knight.’
‘Stories from the less populated areas of historical fiction – which are strong on the history (even when they are of a more alternate nature) but also with well-drawn and realistic characters.’
‘What I was surprised about, and will draw me to explore other areas of the writer’s work is, the clean clarity of narrative. There’s no sense of stumbling, or an ambiguity of intention.’
‘It’s always interesting to read about a mentality SO different from ours, and I thought the story really captured that well… I am such a sucker for stories with last lines that really punch you in the face, and this one totally did.’ – full review on the Often Clueless, Always Shoeless blog.