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This review is from: Master of War (Hardcover)
I am the sort of reader that writers of historical fiction fear! Not only was I, until I retired, a tutor in Early English History at a University, I am a re-enactor! My main periods of interest are Pre-Conquest England and the 100 Years War. My re-enactor persona is that of a yeoman archer in the reigns of Edward III and Richard II ([...] As an archer I was attracted to Master of War as it covered both a main character of the same ilk as myself and it was `my period'. I almost didn't buy the book as the picture on the front cover is so wrong from an archer's perspective, but having read a few extracts I decided it was worth a read (see the author's Face Book page).
This book certainly IS worth a read. The plot is well thought out, the concept, that of an archer becoming a Knight Bannerette, is historically valid, the life of an archer on campaign and fighting a battle realistic, the historical framework is accurate and the story flows and keeps you wanting to stay reading the book. So: Highly Recommended from a very critical reader. My only poor criticism is that, unless using a fire arrow, archers never `fire', they shoot or loose their arrows - the term `fire' come into use with the matchlock musket.