In a unanimous show of critical acclaim, three of the nation’s top independent book reviews give high marks to J. Boyce Gleason’s debut novel, “Anvil of God: Book One of the Carolingian Chronicles” (published by iUniverse).
The first of a planned series of historical thrillers on the rise of the Carolingian Kings, “Anvil of God” chronicles the personal trauma and political upheaval that besets the family of Charles the Hammer following his death in 741.
“A stellar debut novel,” BlueInk Review says of “Anvil” in a starred review, “meticulously researched, vividly imagined and literally unputdownable.”
Kirkus Review also gives the book high marks, calling it, “An enticing read, sure to please lovers of historical fiction and political and religious intrigue.”
Dubbing it a “sweeping historical epic,” ForeWord Reviews gives the book four stars. “Anvil of God” moves at a swift pace, accentuated by its engaging characters and tension-filled plot…this is no magical world; it’s raw, fictionalized history made exciting by an enthralling plot. The cliffhanger at the end will have fans waiting impatiently for the next in the series.”
Delighted by the feedback, Gleason said, “It is a fascinating moment in history, filled with personal, religious, and political conflict. I’m glad I could bring it to life in a way that is entertaining and relevant to people today.”