Reviews Breath of Kings
"It's a tale of palace intrigue and of extraordinary patience in waiting for power...Farrington...makes extensive use of dialogue for which he has a real flair..." (of Breath of Kings)
ROGER HARRIS NEWARD, SUNDAY STAR LEDGER
"In dealing with the past; and especially a past as remote as the 11th century, an historical novelist has, basically two choices. He can simplify drastically...the historical situation...endowing his characters with attitudes which are his own rather than those of his remote world. This is the course taken by most poor historical novelists...the other course taken by...Farrington is also the approach used...by the one great historical novel of our age H.F.M Prescott The Man on the Donkey."
THOMAS FLANAGAN, WASHINGTON POST
"...interesting because the complicated intrigues are closely based on historical research...Richly evocative of the sights and sounds (and stenches) of the time."
"...pages swirl with incident and sizzle with action both horrid and magical...atmospheric seascapes; comic appearances and some amusingly caustic repartee among the royal and clerical swine and saints...zesty historical entertainment in a cocky modern idiom."