This novel by R F Tapsell, concerning the struggle of a sedentary people against a medieval nomadic empire, has won in the Historical Fiction-Medieval category.
Online PR News – 21-August-2014 – Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK – The long-lost historical novel The Year of the Horsetails by R. F. Tapsell, first published in 1967, long out of print, and republished last year by the specialist company CNPosner Books, has won Gold in the Historical Literature Fiction- Medieval category of the 2014 Dan Poynter's Ebook Awards. A Synopsis of the plot (non-spoiler) follows below:-
Eastern Europe: Early Middle Ages. The nomad warrior Bardiya must flee from the evil empire of the Mongol-like Tugars and their ruthless Kagan. He receives hospitality from the sedentary Slavic Drevich people; but fears that they also might succumb to the might of the Tugar empire. Will he be able to convince them of their danger and teach them the skills necessary to defeat their new enemy?
Some reviews of the book:-
“Year of the Horsetails is a great example of historical fiction that Tapsell keeps short and to the point, but still very information and interesting, and a delight for any fan of the genre.” Alex Telander: City Book Review
“Originally published in 1967, "The Year Of The Horsetails" is one of those 'lost treasures' of popular literature that has been ably recovered and once again made available to a whole new generation of appreciative readers. A thrilling action/adventure tale that is a deftly woven entertainment from first page to last, "The Year Of The Horsetails" is very highly recommended reading.” Midwest Book Review