Master of War is the first book in a gripping new series
from award-winning author, David Gilman

England, 1346: For Thomas Blackstone the choice is easy - dance on the end of a rope for a murder he did not commit, or take up his longbow and join the king's invasion of France.

Page turning novel … a gritty book sparing nothing in its descriptions of the realities of Medieval warfare Daily Mail

Master of War is an extremely exciting novel. It's pace rarely pauses. But above all else it is steeped in the blood, rage and grief of war, where death can come from every side at any time and in the most horrible of ways, where life off the battlefield can be almost as fragile as on it and where love and friendship have a price. Life was short for archers, knights and the poor. No wonder then that Thomas changes before our eyes to a man that even his friends fear as a harbinger of death. I hope we get a sequel.

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'Excellent…In David Gilman I see flashes of brilliance that surpass Bernard Cornwell'
Ani Johnson on BookBag

I really did love this book … a great read … an epic story - it certainly deserves the second volume and I will want to read it as soon as I can.

This review is based on a pre-publication copy of the full book. 'Nigel' on Goodreads


01 August 2013
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This is an excellent book. Many have been written about the 100 Years’ War, the prowess of the Black Prince, Crecy, Poitiers, etc., but this story is told from a totally different angle. Thomas Blackstone is a commoner, a peasant, a stone quarryman by trade with few rights or privileges but who rises in life to make a name for himself. After Crecy we learn of the war from the French side through Godfrey de Harcourt who, despite his family’s divided loyalties, is himself loyal to King Edward. To a certain extent we see how ‘the other half lives’.

I was gripped by this book from page one and learned a lot about the age from it. The characterisation was good and the fictitious blended well with the facts. It will certainly stay on my bookshelves. Thoroughly recommended. Historical Novel Society

This book is a brilliant mix or characterisation, intrigue, battles, nationalities, history, enmity, courage, cowardice, fear and bravery. Robin Carter Parmenion Books

If you only read one historical debut this year, make it this one. The prose is sharper than a bodkin arrow, the pace faster than thought and it was a book I just couldn't put down' Falcata Times

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