The Smoke of Her Burning: An Uncivil War 4

The Smoke Of Her Burning

Yorkshire 1644

There's a lot of miles between Essex and Cheshire....
...and newly-promoted Colonel Hollie Babbitt is cursing the most recent additions to his company, for every step of them.

A scarred lieutenant with a death wish, and they don't call him Hapless for nothing.
Captain Drew Venning. And his dog.
Captain Penitence Chedglow, last seen smashing up the inside of Worcester Cathedral in an excess of godly zeal, and his new companion in bigotry, the silent but violent Webb.
The mysterious Trooper Gray, a one-man insurrection.

Forced to leave a posting to Cromwell's Eastern Association as a result of some more than usually scatter-brained chivalric meddling by the posh poet Lucey Pettitt, Hollie finds himself up to the elbows in freezing mud at Nantwich, mired in intrigue and insubordination. 

When Hollie's old nemesis Prince Rupert relieves the siege at Newark, freeing up a cavalry force to hammer Fairfax’s garrisons in Yorkshire, it looks as if the gallant Parliamentarian defenders will be overwhelmed in the North. But after a fierce attack is repulsed, the Northern Royalists retreat to their foothold at Selby, with its vital strategic command of both the Ouse and the road to York.

It will be hard. It will surely be bloody. But can Hollie’s rebel rabble make the difference between victory and defeat for Parliament in the North?

Praise for "The Smoke Of Her Burning"

"Being a Selby resident and a history buff this book totally grabbed my attention. This was the first of Logue's books I'd read and from that one read would quickly become a fan. The array of characters were hard to hold onto at first. It felt very much like a whirlwind that I was being dropped into, but I suspect that this was due to joining the adventure late on. However, that said, I became invested very quickly in each of the characters, each being unique in everyway, which is testament to Logue's writing. The story is full of adventure and humour and the Battle of Selby is wonderful and accurate. I would definitely​ be buying more."
A Selby resident

"This book – as the preceding ones – should come with a WARNING: ADDICTIVE label. Because once you pick it up, it is more or less impossible to put down, what with ”judas-haired” Hollie’s domestic bliss being derailed by Thankful’s utter misery and potential death, Luce’s determination to stand up for that weird little trooper nobody – nobody – likes, Hollie’s holier-than-thou father, and the general turmoil, mud, blood and gore of Civil War. Plus there is Het, Hollie’s wonderful, sensible wife, an evil-tempered stallion named Tyburn and a somewhat enervating dog that does not belong to Prince Rupert.
Rich in historical detail, this book grabs the reader by the ears and drags him/her along on a fast-paced, rather dark, romp through the 17th century, accompanied by a cast of characters that by the end of the book have become almost as near and dear as flesh-and-blood family members – with the benefit of not having to wash all their bloodied, dirty linen…"
Anna Belfrage, author of The Graham Saga

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Awarded for Excellence in Research by 17th-Century Specialists