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Often if you are lucky you pick up a book that you just don't want to put down and you are racing through the pages to find out what happens. Very rarely do you come across a book that is so good that while you want to know how it ends you are sad that the pages left to read are getting fewer and shortly you will lose contacts with the characters that have become your friends. David Gilman’s Master of War fits into this latter group.
The period is the start of the Hundred Years War. Thomas Blackstone a stone mason and an outstanding archer is forced to flee along with his brother to avoid the hangman’s rope for a crime he did not commit. They join the army of King Edward III and his son the Black Prince to invade France and seize the French Crown for Edward. They land in Normandy and begin fighting their way across northern France learning the skills of war as they go. At the great battle of Crecy, Thomas is knighted for his great bravery in saving the life of the Black Prince and helping to bring about the English victory. Although his injuries received in the battle mean he can no longer be an archer a whole series of changes in his life set Thomas on the road to becoming Master of War.
This book is set in a period of history that I know little about but Gilman’s excellent research skilled and excellent writing took me on a journey through history that enthralling and exciting. I can think of few authors that have captivated me as Gilman has perhaps C S Forester and James Clavell stand out. Much more on the way I hope