In Somerled, the boy with integrity and a fighting spirit, who grows up to be a leader of men, Antonia Senior has created a perfect hero for our times: caught between the old gods and the new, Somerled and those who love him show us ourselves, reflected back in a simpler, harsher world. This is passionate, wonderful, windswept writing, full of the wonder of hill and heath and sea. If you care about Scotland, if you care about life, this is an anthem to passion and the duties of power. Wonderful. One of the must-reads of the year.Manda Scott
Senior's prose is beautiful and powerful, poetic and yet immediate... She has taken a Norse-Gaelic legend and made it ring true, which is no small feat. The historical setting of twelfth-century Scotland and its islands is incredibly well-evoked... Fearlessly and deftly done. I loved this book deeply.Giles Kristian
Antonia writes so beautifully, so convincingly about the west coast of Scotland in the 12th century that the reader is instantly whisked back to those stormy days of Viking-style raids, Celtic marriage alliances, heroic warriors and hardy women and their battles to live and love and prosper on the watery edge of the world. Her prose is exquisite - lyrical, sensitive, constantly and delightfully surprising. Her characters are utterly believable, rounded, engaging and absolutely of their time... Antonia has proved herself once again to be in the very first rank of British historical novelists.Angus Donald
A spirited narrative that combines the violence and energy common in such sagas with a subtlety that is much rarerNick Rennison
Scottish history, rebooted... The world as described here is brutal, violent and dangerous but Senior finds moments of tenderness and humanity in her characters, making them sympathetic and surprisingly modern-and the action is as fast-paced as a thriller.Rachel Joyce
There's passionate love and battlefield gore, and everything between... It is epic historical fiction to perfectly suit modern tastes.Ronald Frame
There are echoes of The Miniaturist in this picture of a seventeenth century marriage but Antonia Senior's depiction is more complex. The particular setting of The Tyrant's Shadow, in the turbulent wake of the civil wars, means the stakes are stratospherically high, making the novel as much a political thriller as a domestic drama. ...a gripping journey that twists and turns to the very final page. This is refined historical fiction at its very best.Liz Freemantle
An extraordinarily good historical novel by an author at the top of her game... If there's any justice in the world, it should be a bestseller.Andrew Taylor
Senior's fresh, forceful writing breathes new life and relevance into the most destructive, dangerous era in English history. Totally gripping.
Kate Saunders, The Times on Treason's Daughter
This is passionate, wonderful, windswept writing, full of the wonder of hill and heath and sea... One of the must-reads of the year.
Manda Scott on The Winter Isles
Senior's prose is beautiful and powerful, poetic and yet immediate... Fearlessly and deftly done. I loved this book deeply.
Giles Kristian on The Winter Isles
A spirited narrative that combines the violence and energy common in such sagas with a subtlety that is much rarer.
Nick Rennison, The Sunday Times on The Winter Isles
The world as described here is brutal, violent and dangerous but Senior finds moments of tenderness and humanity in her characters, making them sympathetic and surprisingly modern - and the action is as fast-paced as a thriller.
The Times on The Winter Isles
Gods, but this book is magnificent! One of the best books I've read in the last five years. Magical.Ben Cane on THE WINTER ISLES
Senior's fresh, forceful writing breathes new life and relevance into the most destructive, dangerous era in English history. Totally grippingKate Saunders
This study of a family divided by the Civil War is powerfully engaging. Senior is equally convincing on the fast-moving, 'male' world of politics and war and the more pragmatic (but equally painful) battles fought by the women who must somehow live with the results. Hen is a delightful heroine; I was rooting for her right up to the novel's heartbreaking conclusion.Maria McCann, bestselling author of THE WILDING
Senior's prose is as fresh as a country walk in spring, and arrestingly original... This is a compelling book that truly gets under the skin of its characters, and does so with compassion and passion... I predict a glittering future for its hugely talented authorAngus Donald, bestselling author of THE OUTLAW CHRONICLES