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Gisborne: Book of Pawns (The Gisborne Saga 1) [Kindle Edition]

Prue Batten , John Hudspith , Salt Studio
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  • Length: 414 pages
  • Collection: The Gisborne Saga (Book 1)
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In a story where status means power and survival depends on how the game is played, two people, one a squire wronged in life and one a noblewoman, are drawn together by lust and a lost inheritance in twelfth century England. Guy of Gisborne is a man with secrets, Ysabel of Moncrieff, a naïve and opinionated noblewoman whose world comes tumbling down upon the death of her mother.
Gisborne is ordered to Aquitaine to escort the young woman home to attend to her grieving father and whilst travelling, she discovers Gisborne’s secrets are not just connected with his family but with the throne of England.
And with revenge.
Suddenly Ysabel is confronted with the fact that she and Gisborne could lose their lives as history is shaped unconscionably by those in power .

Highly Commended in 2012 Golden Claddagh Awards. Honourable Mention in the RONE Awards, 2013. Finalist in Readers' Favorite Book Awards 2014. Subsequent Honourable Mention in those same awards. B.R.A.G gold medallion for historical fiction.

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I was born in Australia and studied history and politics at the University of Tasmania. I've worked as a hotel cleaner, a cosmetician in a major department store, a bookseller but most properly as a journalist/researcher for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation where I met my husband, also a journalist.

We now farm in Tasmania, growing the superfine wool for which Australia is famous. I spent almost ten years as a coordinator for the cancer therapy program Look Good Feel Better and time as a walker for Riding for the Disabled and for the local Dogs' Home. I have two adult children, two dogs, too much garden and maybe too little time to write.

I write both historical fiction for which Gisborne: Book of Pawns received an Honourable Mention in the 2012 Golden Claddagh Writing Contest, and historical fantasy for which A Thousand Glass Flowers received a silver medallion in the 2012 Readers' Favorite Book Awards.

I'm what the pundits call a 'niche' writer which means that both the fantasies and the historical fiction don't conform to pre-conceived concepts of their genres.

What better way to entice readers than to offer you a chance to read novels that are unique!

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling... 9 Mar. 2012
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I eagerly anticipated this book becoming available in the UK and started reading it almost as soon as it had downloaded. I was unable to put it down. Thrilling and exciting it kept me completely wrapt in the story from beginning to end. It is beautifully written and wonderfully descriptive. My only disappointment was upon reaching the end and finding out I have to wait until next year for the next part!

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An affair as smooth as silk 12 May 2013
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I have to start this review by stating that Gisborne is not my usual fare in fiction. I read a great deal of Historical Fiction, but tend heavily towards war, bloodshed, murder and action themes. Gisborne is very much a historical romance with side portions of traditional histfic. However, I am a reader and a fan of Prue Batten's Tales of Eirie fantasy works and with a solid knowledge of her writing, I was more than willing to give Gisborne a try.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Sarahj
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I'm not usually one for writing reviews and I don't normally go for medieval anything, but this had such good reviews I thought I'd try a sample and before I knew it, I was reading the whole book.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it! 15 Dec. 2014
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Guy of Gisborne - a character little known to me other than the halfwit thug from the Kevin Costner film 'Robin Hood Prince of Thieves'. The author portrays a much more refined and educated man, yet still managing to keep him suitably embittered by his life's events. Ysabel of Moncrieff, however, was completely unknown to me, and a delight to get to know! Such an independently minded and plucky girl - instantly likeable. Tumultuous emotions, political machinations, and ambitious men turn lives upside down and inside out in this whirlwind of history. Read it. Just read it. I dare you not to be taken in by either of the two main characters!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars transport yourself back in time 7 July 2012
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First of all, this story has nothing whatsoever to do with Robin Hood - it is, however a marvellously written book about Guy of Gisborne. The author has portrayed him excellently - he is charismatic, secretive, dangerous, brave, handsome and above all else, an enigma. You never quite know whether he is on the side of good or evil and that doubt keeps you reading on because you just have to find out. Guy is charged with collecting Lady Ysabel of Moncrieff from her foster home in Aquitaine and returning her to England on the death of her mother. Not quite as simple as that, because Lady Ysabel also has to contend with the evil Baron de Courcey who is determined to have her for himself, and his sidekick Halsham who turns out to Guy's cousin. Despite the deep rapport that develops between Ysabel and Guy on their journey, she never quite knows whether she is safe to trust him or not and it is that uncertainty which brings trouble over and over again.

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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Well written and absorbing tale
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good read
Published 20 days ago by kenneth harper
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I like historical novels, they show how people lived in those times, this story was engaging, I liked the fact that Gisbourne was always there to save the day.
Published 1 month ago by Bunty
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read! (eventually!)
This book did seem to drag at first as it comprised of an endless journey beset with endless difficulties! However about half way through something clicked and I was hooked. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. Potter
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Am halfway through and can't wait to find out what happens next. Characters drew me in from the start. Read more
Published 2 months ago by valerie emmons
2.0 out of 5 stars Mills and Boon Novel
Did not enjoy this book, Ysobel really gets on your nerves,she is such a drip. Won't be reading anymore of the series
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Thoroughly enjoyable if a bit frustrating! We're Guy and ysabel ever going to really get together? The evil de coursey and Halsham lurking at every turn! Read more
Published 2 months ago by elaine white
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent story.
Published 2 months ago by mrs rosemary s mullen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed this book, looking forward to the next book of the Gisborne Saga
Published 4 months ago by Margaret R Ebbrell
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
The slushy bits was just too much .and too many amazing coincidences.and a misleading title.should have been ysabel adventure in medieval times
Published 5 months ago by Nigel Peter Smith
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