An action-packed tale of chivalry and betrayal set during the Hundred Years War.
September, 1356. Poitiers. The greatest knights of the age were ready to give battle.
On the English side, Edward, the Black Prince, who’d earned his spurs at Crecy.
On the French side, the King and his son, the Dauphin. With 12,000 knights.
And then there is William Gold. A cook’s boy – the lowest of the low – who had once been branded as a thief. William dreams of being a knight, but in this savage new world of intrigue, betrayal and greed, first he must learn to survive.
As rapacious English mercenaries plunder a country already ravaged by plague, and the peasantry take violent revenge against the French knights who have failed to protect them, is chivalry any more than a boyish fantasy?
This book, and the entire series so far, is absolutely exceptional. I mean it, it is an excellent, excellent read. Being a historical fiction novel, getting the details right is essential, and Christian Cameron absolutely nails it. Not only does he have a great way of explaining the intricacies of the society and arms of the time, he does it in a way that speeds the story, not slows it.
The character of William Gold, and the many surrounding characters he falls in with, are so well done you feel that this is the “Band of Brothers” of the age. This is a “Knight’s Tale” like no other, following a boy’s journey from street urchin, to soldier, to routier, to knight. Literally, from the kitchens to the battlefield, I’ve rarely seen a hero’s journey so authentic and compelling. I burned through the first book and went straight into the sequels – I couldn’t put it down.
This is historic military fiction done right, and absolutely sets the standard in my mind for any book…[Read more]
I am crazy impressed by this book. I should have known it would be good from “Traitor Son” but still. It’s taking me forever to read it because I am seriously engaged – literally reading every single word.
I’m almost done and will move into the rest of the series.
Saw this one was reduced to $4.99 – grabbed it today. Cameron’s “Traitor Son” trilogy is incredible, and this looks like it follows a similar path. Looking forward to reading it… Getting a bit tired of space marines lately, time for something different.