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Gisborne: Book of Pawns (The Gisborne Saga 1) by [Batten, Prue]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in The Gisborne Saga (3 Book Series)
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Highly commended in 2012 Golden Claddagh Awards and with a five star rating with Reader's Favorites, Gisborne: Book of Pawns is followed by its sequel Gisborne: Book of Knights and Gisborne: Book of Kings. Pawns was won a Highy Commended award in the 2014 Readers' Favorite USA Book Awards. 'We are proud to announce that GISBORNE: BOOK OF PAWNS by Prue Batten is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree.' This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!' 'Batten is a masterful writer using her knowledge of the Middle Ages to craft a ... story you won't want to stop reading until then end, and then you'll want to find the next one in the series...' Amazon review 'I am now a fan of Prue Batten and heartily agree with another fan who once told me that she could write a phone book and make it compelling.' Hoover Book Reviews - USA 'With sensual prose Ms Batten sets precedence for a traditional mediaeval style romance based on a legend and the romantic chivalry of knights, and has penned this lovely novel in first-person narrative.' Amazon review

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1034 KB
  • Print Length: 414 pages
  • Publisher: Darlington Press; 1 edition (7 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007DJK8G2
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,898 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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