At long last. My copy of Tim Willocks' sequel to his masterpiece The Religion is on its way from Amazon UK. Where The Religion was set in the 1565 Great Siege of Malta, the sequel is set during the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre in 1572. His hero is a Saxon-born, Turk-captured former Janissary named Mattias Tannhauser.
This from The Cimmerian:
Tannhauser is a magnificent, brawling soldier-of-fortune to warm the cockles of any Howard aficionado’s heart. Captured as a youth and raised as an Ottoman Janissary, he is a man apart, a skeptic of all faiths, an arms dealer, a lover of women and of life.
Twelve Children has been a long time coming — seven years. Willocks says his Tannhauser tales are all-consuming. It shows in the writing; the reader, too, is consumed. Few books have transported me as completely as The Religion. For days I lived in 1565. I expect the same of Twelve Children. It will likely be a harrowing experience. Willocks spares nothing.
Those who look deeply into Howard's work will find reading Willocks rewarding. Ain't that right Deuce?
An in-depth interview may be found here.