A very enjoyable read set in the initial years of the 100 years War. The main heroe Thomas Blackstone develops into an adventurous character fighting in wartorn France for the cause of King Edward III and his son The Prince of Wales later known as The Black Prince. I gave it a 4 star rating due to the battle scenes not described as well as by other authors such as Cornwell, Iggulden or Scarrow. But the storyline is very exciting covering the events of the landings in France of the English King's army, the subsequent Battle of Crecy, the political games played out by Norman Barons, The Black Death and the seige at Calais. A lot to fit into one novel and perhaps the author could have dedicated more pages on these events instead of concentrating too much on Blackstone's rehabilitation period in a Norman nobles castle. Nevertheless, the novel is very well written and the characters surrounding Blackstone are developed well albeit towards the end of the book. I shall definitely buy the next book in the series which no doubt will be even better. I recommend the book to all historical fiction lovers.
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