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She now farms in Tasmania with her husband, in a cropping and grazing operation. She spent almost ten years as a state coordinator for the cancer therapy program Look Good Feel Better and time as walker for Riding for the Disabled and for the local Dogs' Home. She has two adult children, two dogs, and claims she has too much garden and too little time to write.
Prue writes historical fantasy for which A Thousand Glass Flowers (Book Three of the quartet, The Chronicles of Eirie) received a silver medallion in the 2012 Readers' Favorite Book Awards in the USA. She also writes historical fiction, for which Gisborne: Book of Pawns received an Honourable Mention in the 2012 Golden Claddagh Writing Contest (USA), a 2013 Rone Award (USA) and a 2014 Indie Book Readers' Appreciation Group's gold medallion (USA). The Huffington Post has done a story on her work and she has been interviewed a number of times by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
She has concluded The Gisborne Trilogy and has just finished writing Tobias, the first in an historical fiction trilogy called The Triptych Chronicle and which escalated to Top 100 with Amazon.co.uk (Biographical Fiction) within a day of being released. She has also completed two short story anthologies which are to be published in 2015. Each of her e-novels have ranked unbroken in Amazon.co.uk's Top 100 since publication and continue to rank, for which she thanks all her readers!
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Guy of Gisborne, a character I'm only familiar with through the BBC TV series of Robin Hood was everything I hoped he would be and so much more. A complex and interesting character whose loyalties I was never quite sure of until the end...the suspense of it quite thrilling. And I found myself somewhat in awe of Ysabel...a feisty lady if ever their was one!
A wonderful adventure that I will no doubt read again and again.
I'm fairly sure, you see, that Prue could write her own version of the phone book or a dictionary and make it intensely readable, smooth and languid in places, couched in language and descriptive that would leave me marvelling at her writing talent. Simply, the book is a smooth delight to read.
One thing that struck me particularly with Gisborne was the depth of research she must have put in to achieve the kind of detail that is so evident in the book. Clearly, Prue's knowledge of Medieval England outstrips mine and grows with each chapter. I cannot imagine a historical accuracy puritan finding anything in thee to dislike.
Beyond this, I am interested in the setting. Most of us who read histfic will have read something set at the end of the 12th century, or at least seen movies. But we have all seen them from one of two angles. Either those tales centre on the famous Robin Hood, or they revolve around Richard Coeur de Lion. This does neither! It gives us a view of the time of the early days of King Richard from the point of view of a minor noble with no close connection to either. Indeed, Robin is not mentioned or even hinted at once, despite Locksley being used as a location in a scene or two.Read more ›
The book is simply beautiful. It evokes your senses and you really feel for the main character, Ysabel. She is a lady of means, and you can relate to how she feels about things. For example she is used to being clean, and yet she spends most of her time, with filthy hands and dirt under her nails, but she doesn't act diva-erish; she just accepts it. I really felt for Ysabel in this book; you really go through the motion with her, and there were times I could have sobbed for her situation, yet she remains headstrong and defiant, when you yourself feel like giving up.
Guy is a complex character. He is kind and gentle with Ysabel, but he treats her dreadfully. However, I still have about an hour left to read so maybe he will redeem himself, though perhaps not as there is a sequel out in May 2013. I feel sorry for Guy and I know there must be a very good reason for the things he did - we shall see !
Don't hesitate to buy, it really is that good and definitely a keeper.
There is a fair amount of description in the book, which I usually hate, but this is done is so skilfully that it never gets boring, and there is plenty of dialogue interspersed between and in it.
Cannot wait for May now, and desperately want to read more by this author and in this series.
The writing is absolutely wonderful and you are immediately transported back to the 13th century and drawn into the tale. Guy's character has been especially well thought out in addition to that of Ysabel, although there are times when you really want to scream at her because of the choices she makes.
Some of the finer points of detail in the book are absolutely superb - the author has obviously done her research well and really thought out every single scene in the story to produce a beautiful portrayal of the characters, as well as the country and the political scene at the time. I would never, for instance, have even considered the fact that a convent full of nuns would have smelled so bad because of their lack of bathing!
I was absolutely furious when I got to the last page because I really want to know what happens to Guy and Ysabel next!
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. A quite different take on the Guy of Gisborne I met many years ago in the TV series Robin Hood. Refreshing, gripping and well researched. Read morePublished 1 month ago by HazelRC
I thoroughly enjoyed this the first book of Guy of Gisborne. It was great to see how the two main personalities guy and Ysabel interact with each other, and how their relationship... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mrs M.
Never heard of this author and came across this book by luck. Thoroughly enjoyed it and have already bought the next. Was not expecting such a good bookPublished 2 months ago by Mrs G Salmon
Fantastic, another Prue Batten page turner, I shall keep it to read again!!Published 2 months ago by Kathleen Edwards
I thought this was just dreadful. I kept pinching myself to stay awake and force myself to read another chapter. In the end I kept flicking through my Kindle and gave up. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Toots
Loved this book and couldn't wait to start on the second. Enjoying that just as much.Published 7 months ago by A convert
A privileged young woman, Ysabel of Moncrieff, while staying with relatives in France is summoned home to her father's castle in England and escorted by Guy of Gisborne. Read morePublished 9 months ago by superscribe
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