Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Defiant Unto Death by David Gilman

 A LEGEND FORGED IN BATTLE: Thomas Blackstone must face an implacable foe as the 100 Years' War enters its bloodiest phase.

Ten years ago, the greatest army in Christendom was slaughtered at Crécy when Thomas Blackstone and his fellow archers stood their ground and rained death on the steel-clad might of French chivalry. Blackstone left that squalid field a knight.

Now, Blackstone commands a war band and has carved out a small fiefdom in northern France. But the wounds of war still bleed and a traitor has given the King of France the means to destroy first his family, and then the English knight himself.

As the traitor’s net tightens, so the French King’s army draws in. Blackstone will stand and fight – in pitched battle and in single combat. He will defy his friends, his family and his king. He may yet defy death, but he can’t defy his destiny: BLACKSTONE: MASTER OF WAR.

I would like to thank Jenny from Neverland blog tours for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This book can be read as a standalone however I think it would have been far more enjoyable had I read the first book in this series.  As I have be read that book like other readers/reviewers I can't compare with that book.

I loved the story and felt I was taken back to medieval times with the descriptions and have seen comparisons with Bernard Cornwell which it is well worth the comparison.  Personally I think this is more of a mans books but it is a great story and I will be recommending this to my brother who likes this kind of book.



David Gilman was raised in Liverpool and educated in Wales. By the time he was 16 he was driving a battered 1946 Ford, ferrying construction workers in the African bush. A variety of jobs followed in different countries: fire and rescue, forestry work, JCB driver, window dresser and professional photographer in an advertising agency. He served in the Parachute Regiment’s Reconnaissance Platoon and then worked in publishing. In 1986 he turned to full-time writing. He has written many radio and television scripts including several years of ‘A Touch of Frost’. In 2007 his ‘Danger Zone’ trilogy for YA was sold in 15 countries. The first in the series – The Devil’s Breath was long listed for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and won the French Prix Polar Jeunesse. He also writes for younger children. MONKEY and ME has been nominated for this year's Carnegie Medal. ‘MASTER of WAR’ is the first in a series of HF for adults that follows the fortunes of Thomas Blackstone during the 100 Years’ War.


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