A hugely enjoyable book. Christian Cameron continues to get better - good characters, good history, and a level of self-reflection in his heroes that is enormously satisfying. The young man of this new epic behaves so exactly like a young man, but learns and grows, gets better at everything (especially fighting) through the school of hard knocks and a few decent people who see something in him worth helping. Great atmospheric sense of the time, and of the chaos of mediaeval war. I had no idea that this was actually what had happened in France. One can see the historian in the background of the writer, but it is not at all oppressive. I really enjoyed this book and it is responsible for my not having done all sorts of things I intended over the weekend, because I simply did not want to put it down. Great entertainment, and I learnt something too.