"Fans of the sword-swinging drama still mourning the end of HBO's epic Game of Thrones will find plenty to love in this uncompromising slice of historical fiction ... Breathlessly paced and packed with action, it's a mightily accomplished debut in a major new series" (ShortList)
"A fantastic novel ... utterly convincing ... The plot is superb, clever and as true to the sources as is possible ... a brilliant achievement" (Dr Elisabeth van Houts, Emmauel College, Cambridge)
"The setting and historical detail are superb and there is more than enough excitement to keep you hooked to the final page" (New Books)
"Action packed, this is the first in a promising series, set in a fascinating period" (Mail on Sunday)
From the Inside Flap
January, 1069. Less than three years have passed since Hastings and the death of the usurper, Harold Godwineson. In the depths of winter, two thousand Normans march to subdue the troublesome province of Northumbria. Tancred a Dinant, an ambitious and oath-sworn knight and a proud leader of men, is among them, hungry for battle, for silver and for land.
But at Durham the Normans are ambushed in the streets by English rebels. In the battle that ensues, their army is slaughtered almost to a man. Badly wounded, Tancred barely escapes with his life. His lord is among those slain.
Soon the enemy are on the march, led by the dispossessed prince Eadgar, the last of the ancient Saxon line, who is determined to seize the realm he believes is his. Yet even as Tancred seeks vengeance for his lord's murder, he finds himself caught up in secret dealings between a powerful Norman magnate and a shadow from the past.
As the Norman and English armies prepare to clash, Tancred begins to uncover a plot which harks back to the day of Hastings itself. A plot which, if allowed to succeed, threatens to undermine the entire Conquest.
The fate of the kingdom hangs in the balance ...--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From the Back Cover
'Rarely have I been so transported into the world of the medieval knight and his environs' Ben Kane, bestselling author of The Forgotten Legion
January 1069. In the wilds of Northumbria, rebellion is stirring. Less
than three years after their defeat at the Battle of Hastings, the English
are rising again.
Marching to crush them are two thousand Normans, among them Tancred a
Dinant, an ambitious and oath-sworn knight. But in the streets of Durham
the Normans are ambushed and slaughtered almost to a man. Badly wounded,
Tancred barely escapes with his life. His lord is among those slain.
Even as he seeks vengeance, however, Tancred finds himself caught up in a
plot that harks back to the day of Hastings itself. The fate of the
kingdom hangs in the balance ...
'Breathlessly paced and packed with action, it's a mightily accomplished debut in a major new series' ShortList