Blog Tour Spotlight: The Other Side of the Whale Road by K.A. Hayton

Today I’m bringing attention to the book The Other Side of the Whale Road by K.A. Hayton. I’ll take you through the blurb, about the author, and a few tour excerpts!


‘The Vikings are better armed than we are. They have long, heavy axes that can take a man’s head from his shoulder. I know this because I see it happen’

When his mum burns down their house on the Whitehorse estate, sixteen-year-old Joss is sent to live in a sleepy Suffolk village.

The place is steeped in history, as Joss learns when a bike accident pitches him back more than 1,000 years to an Anglo-Saxon village. That history also tells him his new friends are in mortal peril from bloodthirsty invaders. Can he warn their ruler, King Edmund, in time?

And will he ever get home?

Book CWs: For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on

About the Author

K.A. HAYTON was born in Lincolnshire and read English at Sheffield University. She lives in Suffolk with
her husband and has two daughters. The idea for The Other Side of the Whale Road came from her study of old
English poetry at university, and from living in a place where Anglo-Saxon history feels very close.

What readers have to say

I have found Joss to be a remarkable young boy, and a very intriguing character. He is honest, strong, kind, humble, and caring, and the way he deals with the things that should be impossible is one of a kind. The adventures he faces, as well as all the hardships he fights are incredibly moving and definitely worth a read.

The Artsy Reader

I found this book surprisingly difficult to put down – I really enjoyed it and couldn’t figure out how it would end!

Sue’s Musings

The Other Side of the Whale Road is such a remarkable and powerful book that I couldn’t help but love. The characters are so incredibly interesting and likeable, especially our main character, sixteen-year-old Joss. The whole aspect of time travelling back to the Anglo-Saxon era was so fascinating to read about, gripping me until the very last page.

Ellie Mai Blogs

Very well done, super well written, a main character you really root for and it’s even a great educational read. Absolutely recommended for any teenager, young adult or in fact older reader like myself.


I award The Other Side of the Whale Road a full 5 out of 5 stars. Readers get the downtrodden foster kid theme alongside a feel-good journey to the past. I’ve never seen this done before, and K.A. Hayton did it so well. If you get the chance to read this book, I encourage you to pick it up. It was a fast read at only 230 pages, but there is a lot of content spread through its pages so, it felt much longer.

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