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Blood of Ironside (The Lost King Book 3)

Blood of Ironside (The Lost King Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Martin Lake
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Edgar Atheling has been betrayed by his allies and defeated in his attempt to win back the throne of England from William the Conqueror. The Normans hunted for him across the north of England, devastating the land in the process. He only just escaped to the sanctuary of the King of the Scots.

Once there he is tempted to give up the fight. But there are still some in England who resist the Normans. Edgar decides to return home to lead the battle. He allies himself with the King of the Danes and Hereward the Wake and stakes all on a gamble to win back his birthright.

William invades Scotland and Edgar is forced to flee to Europe. Once there he discovers new friends and new enemies. But William decides to put an end to Edgar's resistance once and for all.

"Once more into the fray as Edgar continues his struggle to reclaim his throne from William the Bastard."

"Disowned by his brother-in-law, betrayed by the vikings, Edgar lurches and stumbles from one crisis to the next."

Praise for the earlier books in the series:


Martin Lake is a terrific writer and deserves to be better-known. I've read plenty of historical fiction and much of it is heavy-going. I couldn't put this one down!

This book is a good read, a fast paced historical adventure utilizing colourful and complex characters to tell a truly dramatic story.

I really enjoyed the character development in this book, especially the complex and occasionally subtle interplay between Edgar and William the Conqueror.

One of the better novels on the English resistance after 1066. Edgar Atheling is a complex, elusive and frustrating historical character but that allows for some scope in trying to portray him within a novel such as this. Martin Lake is convincing in his characterization of the key figures including Edgar.

Did not know what I was getting into - but wow- how did I miss this one - what a great read, face paced, plenty of action and the right amount of detail to be convincing. Went straight on to the second book which was equally brilliant and can't wait for the next one.


Every bit as good as its prequel, The Lost King: Resistance. Don't be put off if you don't like history. This story will appeal to anyone, whether interested in history or not. I wanted Edgar to win, even though I knew he wouldn't. Writing style, characterisation, storyline all first rate.

Martin Lake has written an extremely tense historical thriller as we follow the devastation of England and the despair of Edgar as he sees his country suffering and his own life in danger. Now I am waiting to read the next volume in this excellent trilogy.

A great sequel in the story of the real king of England when William the Conqueror took over. Believable characters, gripping story, from a history I didn't know. Makes me root for King Edgar even though history tells us he doesn't win. Can't wait for the third book!

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Ever since I was young I've been fascinated by two things: books and history. In the last few years I've been lucky enough to combine these two passions.

After studying at the University of East Anglia I worked as a lecturer, trainer and company director. But when I suffered a serious accident I had to reduce my work which I moaned about for a while. But every cloud has a silver lining and I decided to concentrate on my life-long passion for writing.

It's a decision I've never regretted. Since then I've written six novels and a number of short stories. I hope you take a look at them and enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them.

You can find my blog at
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Read 21 Oct 2013
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Disowned by his brother-in-law, betrayed by the vikings, Edgar lurches and stumbles from one crisis to the next. But whatever Fate chucks at him, and it chucks an awful lot of ordure, he keeps going. One door is slammed in his face, so he finds another. That, too, is denied him, so he searches for a third. And finds it ...
I think this is why Edgar is such an engaging character - he never gives up. And although he is repeatedly presented with difficult moral dilemmas, he doesn't betray his friends, which is why the best of them stick to him.
The Edgar we meet here is not the same as the one we met in the first volume, RESISTANCE. Then, he was a boy. Here, he is a man, and one with the potential for a lot more development. As I know from my own authorship of a series (see: BloodstainsTerminusBloodhound) a continual "refreshing" of your protagonist is essential to keep them believable. Lake does just that, and does it well.
This volume is just as pacy and readable as its two predecessors, and leaves you wanting more. Buy it, read it, and nag the author for a fourth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More please! 21 Oct 2013
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I have read the previous two books in this trilogy with great enjoyment and this one did not disappoint. I don't really regard this book as a sequel because each book picks up where the other left off, so it could almost be one big book a la 'Lord of the Rings' or 'His Dark Materials.' But of course it would be an extremely long book.
I particularly like the way in which Edgar's character develops throughout the three novels. He is much more hardened and, when necessary, ruthless in 'Blood of Ironside'; which of course he had to be in order to survive.
I would love to pursue his story further. Of course I know he never became king, but since he lived to a good age there is probably much more that could be told.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blood of Ironside by Martin Lake 17 Sep 2013
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Once more into the fray as Edgar continues his struggle to reclaim his throne from William the Bastard(or Conqueror depending on your point of view). What is most intriguing to me at least in this series is the historical fact that we know that William wins in the end, yet the author provides us with the hope, forlorn though it may be, that maybe Edgar can be successful. He is certainly determined enough as there are numerous occasions for him to just throw in the towel and submit to William or to just head elsewhere such as Constantinople.

In this volume, the author has Edgar confronting not only his failures but also the internal process of what kind of King would he be. Edgar grows much in this part of the story as he grapples with the lessons he learns about kingship and the power derived from that position and also the limits to that power.

One of the aspects of writing that I feel the author does well is character introduction and development as there is a host of great characters that fill up these pages. Edgar has a core of followers that include outlaws, nobles, reluctant thugs, Counts and Kings. He also has a host of enemies, so many in fact that I liken Edgar to some half dead warrior surrounded by a flock of carrion crows and vultures just waiting for the chance to finish him off. That he survives to continue the quest is a testament to his character and to his friends. He is certainly the most likable tragic figure I've come across in a long time. I highly recommend this series and hope that Martin Lake doesn't wait too long to give us book 4. I rate this at 4.8...well done Martin.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Edgar lives on. 14 July 2014
By Ted
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Still awaiting any battles. I have found the story abit slow but the book is well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 7 Aug 2014
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The story carries on! The author captures the brutality of a world that we know little of because no one really learns about Edgar in school. His absolute belief is well penned and the small band of loyal followers keep the pages Turning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding read! 16 Oct 2014
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Really enjoyed this trilogy and raced through it.
It is a really interesting insight into the thinking of a young man as he learns what it is to be a king.
Plenty of action too.
Highly recommend these books
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both these books by martin lake are easy reading there fore will keep you coming back for more .The two books are blood of ironside and wasteland
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By Geoff
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The third book by this author I read in a couple of weeks hope there is more to come.If you like Barnard Cornwall you must read this series.
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