THE REAVERS, by George MacDonald Fraser

A ridiculously fun read from the inventive author of the Flashman series. Sadly, this is the last of Fraser's tales; he died in 2008. But this is a great last work, fittingly manic and wacky in the one-of-a-kind Fraser style, full of witchcraft, nubile maidens and confused but handsome heroes, evil fiendish bad guys, and a lot of eye of newt. All set in the 17th century in the Scottish border country where lawlessness was a given, and might was the only right. It's a big, disorderly, laugh-a-page 4.