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The seventh instalment of David Gilman's gripping chronicle of the Hundred Years' War, following Thomas Blackstone, Edward III's Master of War.

Winter, 1364. Sir Thomas Blackstone, Edward III's Master of War, has travelled to France to secure Brittany for England. In the throes of battle, he rescues a Castilian boy, Lazaro, who just witnessed the murder of the young queen. It is suspected that the king - along with Velasquita Alcon de Lugo, the beautiful witch who serves him - assassinated his queen. But Lazaro knows that is not the case.

With the king in hiding and the French army advancing Castile is on its knees. So Blackstone is ordered to Castile, to defend England's ally from the French.

Accompanied only by a small band of his men and a group of Moorish cavalrymen loyal to the king, Blackstone must protect Lazaro if they are to uncover the true assassin. They will face extreme danger, savage battles and a cold and bitter winter on their journey, and Blackstone will find himself the assassin's target. For the Master of War, the shadow of death is always present.

©2021 David Gilman (P)2021 Head of Zeus

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-02-2021

Master of War

I absolutely love this series of books. Fantastic! Every single one. The master of war series would make an outstanding tv show! If you haven’t read these before, do yourself a favor and get them. You won’t be disappointed.

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  • nev kidd
  • 08-02-2021

Once again this master of storytelling delivers

The Master of War books are unlike any other historical fiction series, they get better and better with every volume.
Only a writer who has experienced life in the military can describe in such detail the lives of fighting men. Every character in these books is readily visualised by the reader, from the enigmatic strength and savagery of Thomas Blackstone, the scathing humour and misanthropic tendencies of Blackstone's right hand man Gilbert Kilbere are brilliant, and offer up real insight into the minds of the warriors involved in the adventures of Blackstone.
Gilman as always provides insight into the political nuances of the kings of England, France and other regions, and their entourages.
With amazing historical accuracy and stories told at breakneck speed, it is nearly impossible to put this book, or any David Gilman book, down!
Plus I think it's only right to acknowledge that Colin Mace's reading of the story, truly brings it to life.

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  • TW
  • 16-02-2021

Another Fantastic Episode

This is another thrilling episode in Sir Thomas Blackstone’s life. I’m constantly amazed by the detailed battles, places & characters. Over the seven books you become part of Blackstone’s entourage and become utterly invested in their lives ... every event causing shared elation or sadness.
I sincerely hope David Gilman is already writing another episode ... because we want more of Thomas, Will, Kilbere et al ...
I highly recommend this book & urge all new readers to start from the beginning of the series!
The book was well narrated by Colin Mace again - bringing these wonderful characters to life and reading with feeling.

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  • Roy H.
  • 09-04-2021

Raptor Perfect.

As usual beautifully and skillfully narrated.
It was a pleasure to listen and imagine the story.
Legendary.

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  • Samedi
  • 02-04-2021

Another great addition to the Blackstone saga.

It's impressive that the seventh book in the series can live up to the first. Another great romp through the middle ages with Sir Thomas Blackstone. Well researched, well written and well performed.

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  • S. Reynolds
  • 26-03-2021

Brilliantly written.

what a fantastic series of stories. This book has urged me to relisten to the whole 7 books again.

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  • S Barratt
  • 19-03-2021

Great book

another great book, gripping story and interesting characters. I do feel that things dropped off a little towards the end of the book, almost as if the story was a rush to be finished... Still very enjoyable, can't wait for the next installment.

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  • David Tilley
  • 14-03-2021

Awesome storyline

Keeps you guessing and pleading for a positive end. Great read and I look forward to the next one.

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  • scottie
  • 12-03-2021

"same old same old", the second weakest

It's not a bad book at such and i am glad to have listened to it but ...
More of the same really, the story has run its course i think. A bit of an anti-climax and the usual "shock" events to make you think it's a new story. Not one to write home about, and i think the story needs an injection of new characters if it is be renewed and move the story along a bit. The author's treatment of women as "evil witches" is getting a bit tired now, and he needs to move on. Maybe Sir Thomas will find a new "wench" and marry her. Perish the thought he might settle down and have a "wider" character again

Even "Sir Gilbert" needs to be retired now, nothing new to hear from him, apart from his incessant needs for "whoring and taverns". - Gilbert's own words

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  • Scott Sherriden
  • 12-03-2021

The best audio book I've listened to so far

I have read all the other books in this series and they are excellent. I was reluctant to change from book to audio because I have enjoyed the books so much. However, not only is this possibly one the best installments of the whole series but Colin Mace is the best person to read this sort of book. IMO audio books live or die by the person reading story and it's disappointing how many good books somehow get this critical element wrong.
Brilliant from start to finish and what an ending this is to the book..I won't say any more than this 😉
10/10 all day long!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-03-2021

It just gets better.

One not to miss if you have followed the series. Gives The reader an uncomplicated look into a Continent in turmoil. With a great cast .

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