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5.0 out of 5 stars Third in an Excellent Series
James Aitcheson's writing style is free flowing and eminently readable. It is easy for the reader to understand that the author is extremely comfortable with the period of history that he is writing about. The story flows off the pages and maintains the interest of the reader throughout the book. No boring long passages or superfluous chapters from this author...
Published 4 months ago by J. Chippindale

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3.0 out of 5 stars Knights of the hawk
Enjoyable but not as fast moving as other Tancred adventures. A little slow in the middle of the story and many repeated phrases
Published 7 months ago by Tony edney


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5.0 out of 5 stars Tancred Returns!, 14 April 2014
England, 1071. In this third book in a series, Tancred a Dinant, the young Norman knight who has been serving one lord or another since he was fourteen, and who is a veteran of Hastings, is now fighting in the marshy Fens. England is still not completely won, and Tancred continues to use his impressive battle skills to help King William. He seeks to build his reputation and win honor and wealth through battle, but his headstrong lack of tact can undermine him. The strategy in the Fens battle and also the fate of Hereward the Wake are fictional, but make sense. Tancred then sails to Dublin and the Hebrides on a personal quest that will have readers cheering for him and his comrades as they struggle for victory of another kind--one that has nothing to do with King William.
This book will keep the reader up far too late into the night. It is a fast-moving adventure and a gripping love story that sets the reader firmly in the 11th century with authentic details that never slow the plot. More Tancred stories, please.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read!, 8 Feb 2014
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3rd book in a series which seems to be getting stronger. The characters seem better developed than in the first book and the pace is good.
Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, 30 Jan 2014
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the story grips from the start, and the book is hard to put down. Descriptions of people and places good
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3.0 out of 5 stars Knights of the hawk, 27 Jan 2014
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Enjoyable but not as fast moving as other Tancred adventures. A little slow in the middle of the story and many repeated phrases
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even the Normans had a taste for adventure, 6 Dec 2013
A Norman epic saga adventure that could put most Anglo Saxon and Danes to shame with the battles and voyages Tancred survives.
The first half and it is quite literally 50% is an amazing and quite true-ish retelling of how William the Conqueror and his many, many knights, including our own Tancred and his Lord Robert, helped turn the tide of the weary battle at the Island of Ely against Hereward the Wake and his rebels. As always James plunges us straight into the action full tilt and has us witness a truly shocking scene - where a certain knight shows genuine fear for the first time in the series.
Then when the battle is won but not quite in the way you might expect or know of - things seem to be at peace again for Tancred, his Lord claims his inheritance from his deceased father, Tancred and the original Lord Malet make amends, they all get a bit of gold and some horses, and then!!!! Well dear reader I won't say what happens but something does that turns Tancred's world entirely upside down. And if you think Tancred's discovery of his lover in Splintered Kingdom was shocking this will truly make you want to run into the story and tell him surely everything will be alright, it will work out in the end, James Aitcheson can't be that cruel an author-god can he?
Thus the second half of the tale begins with Tancred saying a lot of goodbyes, I won't say to whom, where or what, as he does what the Viking ancestors of his liege lords would have done, grab a boat, sail on the sea and have an almighty life-changing adventure! That's right folks - Tancred is leaving the British Isles! Not that far though, he's only heading west to a land that should have 'dire' in it's name. Where it will take all his strength, honour and determination and a bit of cunning to perform a task that seems utterly impossible. And the ending is simple yet dramatic leaving the reader asking the only question anyone would ask in the situation - what will Tancred or for that matter James Aitcheson, do next?
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5.0 out of 5 stars good books are rare, 6 Dec 2013
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great story, well told, unputdownable so please buy it and read it.what more can I say but I must apparently, its superb
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early Norman Conquest novel, 2 Dec 2013
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A continuation novel of England in the early period of the Norman conquest.
It deals with the isle of Ely and Hereward from the Norman perspective.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Third Outing, 19 Nov 2013
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Ah I love spending time with the English Rebels who fought against William the First, holding out against his conquering of the British nation and perhaps no other author out there is tackling it in quite the way that James Aitcheson is. The book is wonderfully addictive, leaving the read exhausted from their reading sessions as that infamous "just one more chapter" phrase will echo around many a readers house.

But what makes it so addictive? Well first of all James' prose will lulls you into a false sense of security with its relative simplicity and when you add some cracking twists alongside an author's unique writing style and cracking dialogue all round makes this something pretty special.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Set of three books, 15 Nov 2013
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Borrowed Sworn Sword from Library and enjoyed it enough to by Splintered Kingdom and then knights of the Hawk on kindle. Not read about this period of history before and the descriptions were very good bringing the period to life. Wish there was another follow up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 28 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Knights of the Hawk (The Conquest) (Paperback)
Very well written, looking forward to a sequel
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