February 1643, the beginning of the English Civil War and for once Captain Hollie Babbitt thinks his luck's turned. After a typically daredevil assault on Prince Rupert's elite cavalry troop, he's presently in favour with the Army of Parliament's commander. He's also personally in favour with Luce Pettitt's fragrant Auntie Het. And although they haven't managed to break Luce of the poeting habit, he's turning into a competent and capable officer. But what seems on the surface to be a minor promotion to a quiet backwater posting, sees Hollie forced to confront the demons of his past.
Praise for "Command the Raven"
"In this book we learn of the events in 1643. More battles, very well described without bogging the reader down with unnecessary prose. The flavour of the turmoil, the sheer brutality of it all, comes vividly to life in a few paragraphs. We travel long weary mile after mile, from Essex to Hull via Bolton, we feel the exhaustion, the heat of a broiling summer, the tedium. Hollie, of course, is as incorrigible as ever, the proverbial loose cannon, and the scene in the church made me laugh out loud. That was not the only time I laughed, either. Some scenes had me giggling for ages.
All the characters come vividly to life. Lord Essex, Thomas Fairfax, and even Oliver Cromwell himself are well drawn. The research seems to be effortless, yet I know it probably was a great deal of work. I love the way the author gets inside the heads of the lead characters. We feel what they feel, their passions, sadness, anger, fear, and see the events through their eyes. The writing style is different to any other I've come across, extremely readable, drawing the reader in.
I would unhesitatingly recommend this book for an entertaining (and dare I say instructional) read. I absolutely loved it, and I can't wait to start on number three."
Evelyn Tidman, author of "For the King" and "One Small Candle"
"Another wonderful book by MJ Logue, I thoroughly enjoyed this second book in the 'Babbitt' series. The author develops his characters so well that we feel that we know them, and a strange and mixed bag they are. I also was pleased to note that he always used language current to the period with no jolting current day phrases like 'Okay' ect, 'Command the Raven' and 'Red Horse' make all other reading on the subject of the English Civil war seem tame by comparison......'Command the Raven' has left me with a great yearning for more of the same. I very much hope there will be a book 3 in this series very soon!"