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‘The book makes for a most entertaining read.’
Highly commended - Competition for a Novel. An original idea from a very promising writer.
Winchester Writers' Conference
A series of wonderfully accomplished historical novels. Gripping, insightful, funny and inspiring – unreservedly recommended.
Doug Watts, Jacqui Bennett Writers’ Bureau
Part I was longlisted in the Cinnamon Press Novel Award 2010
Quite simply a superb read. The story was a real page turner and the gritty realism brought early Britain to vivid life. I can't wait for Part II.
A reader in Sydney, Australia
I have just finished reading Bron, Daughter of Prophesy, and what a cracking read it was! You must have researched in considerable depth to have portrayed settlement villages circa 385 AD so convincingly. It certainly gives the reader a wonderful insight to what life was like in those times. Added to this was a wonderful story line tracing Bron's early life and what went on round her, and my goodness me, did life (and death) go on round her! The characters were well drawn and very believable and they were woven into the story so well and how they progressed. This kept the reader involved and towards the end, I found I was reading faster and faster, it was really exciting. I must now try and find Part 11.
From one of my male readers
I enjoyed Bron very much and could not put the book down. In fact, the sites of Crete were put second best to reading the book. I cannot wait until the next instalment.
A reader on holiday in Crete
I haven’t enjoyed a book so much in a long time. I was completely spellbound and can’t wait to find out what happens next. Thank you for giving me such enjoyable reading time.
A reader after finishing Part II
I have just finished your third book and can't wait to find out what happens next. Each book got better as I got involved in Bron's life and I now want to see her have some happiness.
From Newbury Weekly News dated 14th June 2007
Life in Beedon - 1,622 years ago
Making the leap from correspondent to novelist must be difficult, but you wouldn't know that from the quality of this work from Newbury Weekly News contributor, Iris Lloyd.
Bron is the heroine of this tale, set in AD385 in nearby Byden (Beedon as we would now know it). She is a young girl, taken from her family to be educated in the village temple.
It is a fascinating read and educated me about the changing face of Britain at that time. I'm planning a trip out to the site as my imagination has been piqued by the descriptions given.
Life was difficult then, with infant mortality rates high. There is an authenticity about the story, as the author has woven in facts and finds from the time. She depicts a state of flux in the small village, with moves from one religion based on the Sun god to one of Christianity, and shows how confusing and challenging this must have been.
This is a gripping first novel and, as it is part of a series, I eagerly await the next instalment.
As Iris now lives in my home town of Hungerford, if it is tardy in appearing, I might be forced to track her down to read the manuscript.
From the Newbury Weekly News dated 21st February 2008
Second Bron novel is a treat
Flames of Prophecy is the second in a series of novels based around the archaeological site in Beedon, north of Newbury…
Iris Lloyd balances her cast of characters very well. Although there are many individuals involved in the story, she develops them all fully and you become engrossed with the unfolding tale. As the personalities are vividly described, it is easy to invest in them.
This is a brilliantly written book, even more enthralling than her first novel. It has great relevance to anyone living in West Berkshire, but will also be enjoyed by many other readers as the crafting is precise and there is a sense of destiny in the writing.
This second novel builds on the foundations of the first, with no loss of pace. Hopefully, the third instalment, The Girl with the Golden Ankle, will be of an equally high standard and will follow shortly.
Keep writing – I love it!
How’s the book coming along (Part V)? I’m so greedy – but then they are so good!
It took me a while to get into the first book, but then I got the bug and couldn’t put any of them down. A brilliant read and looking forward to Part V. Thank you for a very enjoyable series.
A reader in Seattle, USA: I just love your Bron novels! I downloaded them from the Amazon web site for my Kindle and couldn’t put them down. When is the fifth novel coming out?
© 2006 Iris Lloyd
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