Often used to describe bands like Pantera and Exhorder. With mid-tempo riffs similar to those found in Thrash Metal and a tendency to focus more on groovy syncopation and heaviness than outright speed.
The Cadfael books are miracles. The writing is so engaging - she really understands the goodness in people. Even the villains are likeable.
The first book is a little quirky but she locks on to a fantastic style by book 2. If you’re looking for some late-night relaxing I recommend the newly released audiobooks read by Stephen Thorne. Fabulous voice perfectly suited to the quaint Britishness of it all. He only did the first three though and I was saddened when I discovered there were no more after book 3.
They're easy reading. The plot is broad, but there are some very cool subplots. I love the way he fleshes out historical details through some of the characters' experiences. More of a journey than a destination overall, but hey, that's life, right...
I never read the Cadfael books but I liked the TV series. I'm a sucker for medieval abbey settings. Maybe because I loved Redwall so much as a kid (still do). I'm not sure why but I never watched the final episode. Now that I've forgotten most of the storylines, maybe it's time to revisit.