FREE *Golden Review” Kindle Book! “Freedom’s Sword” by J.R. Tomlin
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The novel is engrossing and rich with detail. Tomlin makes these historic figures approachable and lifelike in a way that makes you root for them and understand their motivation. – The Kindle Book Review
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Before William Wallace, before Robert the Bruce, there was another Scottish hero…In 1296, newly knighted by the King of the Scots, Andrew de Moray fights to defend his country against the forces of the ruthless invader, King Edward Longshanks of England. After a bloody defeat in battle, he is dragged in chains to an English dungeon.Soon the young knight escapes. He returns to find Scotland under the heel of a conqueror and his betrothed sheltering in the hills of the Black Isle. Seizing his own castle from the English, he raises the banner of Scottish freedom. Now he must lead the north of Scotland to rebellion in hope of defeating the English army sent to crush them.
Freedom’s Sword is a prequel to A Kingdom’s Cost, Book 1 of The Black Douglas Trilogy.
Amazon Top 100 in January 2012
#20 War Fiction on Amazon throughout most of January 2012
Other Historical Novels from J. R. Tomlin:
A Kingdom’s Cost, a Historical Novel of Scotland
Countenance of War, a Historical Novel of Scotland
Fantasy Novels from J. R. Tomlin & C. R. Daems:
Talon of the Unnamed Goddess, a Fantasy Adventure
Blood Duty, a Fantasy Adventure
Laying the Odds, a Fantasy Adventure
Wings of Evil, a Young Adult Fantasy
This reviewer gave it five stars!
Year 1296. Andrew de Moray, newly knighted by John Balliol, the Scottish King, is excited to go to his first battle. He is not afraid as he stands next to his father, surveying the long lines of the English army. The enemy is many, but their own forces are numerous as well; the Scots are confident they can win. The English seem to know it, too. In fact, it doesn’t look like they want to fight.Alas, the retreat of the English turns out to be a trap. As the Scots rush into pursuit, they are surrounded, their army is crushed, and the battle of Dunbar is lost. Andrew is among a few survivors. He endures a long, painful journey in shackles, beatings, and the humiliation of seeing the king of Scots stripped of his crown and forced to plead for his men’s lives. Before Andrew is locked alone in a dungeon, his weakened father commands him to continue to fight the English.Andrew vows the same — if he can survive the cold, pitch black dungeon where he loses track of time. He is hurting and nearly starved; his captors reveal nothing of their intentions, his questions are only answered with blows. It’s a miracle that Andrew manages to escape, taking yet another injury in the process. He returns to Scotland and seeks his uncle’s aid to fight for the freedom of their land, impossible as it sounds. Seven men, also other survivors of the battle of Dunbar, join Andrew. His forces grow slowly but steadily after each daring victory, each Scottish castle retaken from the English.
Freedom’s Sword is a fine work of historical fiction, genuine and well-written. I have learned from reading an interview with J.R. Tomlin, the author, that she knows Scotland not only from research, and it shows in the book — in the beautiful descriptions of scenery, for example, or nuances of the language. Andrew is very real, believable in his journey from a thrilled youth to a seasoned warrior. War is never pretty, when truthfully portrayed, and this novel does have its share of violence, blood, pain, and cruelty. It is neither graphic nor relished; it is there because the story demands it.
I’ve noticed several typos, minor things like “horses” instead of “horse’s” or a repeated word — something that probably wouldn’t bother most readers. Overall, I would describe Freedom’s Sword as a serious, well done historical novel and recommend it to fans of historical fiction. – Laura Lond
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