Book Review: Falls Ende: The Oath by Paul W. Feenstra

Falls Ende: The Oath by Paul W. Feenstra

September 25, 2017

147 Pages

Historical Fiction/Novella


Created in a similar style as acclaimed authors, Bernard Cornwell and Ken Follett, ‘Falls Ende’ pits Herdsman Odo Read against the knight, Sir Wystan Ainsley, Lord of Mellester Manor in a conflict of revenge and survival. In mid-eleventh century, England, the picturesque and peaceful hamlet of Mellester Manor is devastated by the unthinkable, and the effects are lasting. The cold depths of ‘Falls Ende’ can only shame and kill. While managing some of the king’s affairs in his absence, Sir Hyde Fortescue, a powerful lord of a neighbouring manor discovers a litany of lies and deception. Can he act with honour and serve justice, or will ‘Falls Ende’ claim yet another? For Odo, there is more at stake than just his dignity and pride because they’ve already been taken, all he has left is his life.





 “A man has his word, even when he has nothing else to give.”

A story of greed and integrity. The difference of behaviors and way of thinking between the corrupt and revengeful Sir Wystan and the honorable herdsman Odo who has been punished and charged for crimes he did not commit. An interesting read that kept me captivated. Fantastic storytelling.


A1CdaWMU7UL._SY200_  Paul W. Feenstra is a historical fiction novelist. He has authored four novels, Boundary, The Breath of God, For Want of a Shilling, and Tied to Mae. He is currently writing his fifth ‘Into the Shade’. Meticulously researched, and set in beautiful and mysterious New Zealand, Paul’s novels frequently detail early colonial life, and the impact colonialism had on native Maori. Says Feenstra, “History is about the untold story, and writing historical fiction is a wonderful way to present the past in a compelling and entertaining way.” Born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1959, to Dutch immigrants, Paul still commutes frequently to Los Angeles, California, where he worked as a multiple ‘Emmy’ nominated entertainment industry professional. For over 25 years he called the USA home and was fortunate to travel extensively throughout the country. His two grown children still reside in Los Angeles. Sought after as a public speaker by various learning institutions, professional member networks, and countless organisations, Paul has toured the length of New Zealand lecturing about his unique experiences in the Hollywood film and television industry. Recognised for his contribution in helping his country, Paul was honoured by the New Zealand government and invited to join the prestigious, ‘World Class New Zealand,’ network. In his spare time he enjoys photography and wrestling bears.


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