Winter, 1362. After years of successful campaigning in France, Thomas Blackstone, a common archer knighted at Crécy, has rised to become Edward III's Master of War.
But the title is as much a curse as a blessing. Success has brought few rewards: his family – bar his son Henry – are dead, slaughtered; his enemies only multiply. Death, in so many guises, beckons.
As he battles to enforce his King's claim to France's lands, Blackstone will assault an impregnable fortress, he'll become embroiled in a feud between French aristocrats, he'll be forced into pitched battle in the dead of winter... and he'll be asked to pay an impossible price to protect something much more precious to the King than mere land...
All the while, a group of trained killers, burning with vengeance, draw ever-closer.
Daily Mail 'Page-turning and gritty'
Ben Kane 'The 100 Years' War is the new Rome for historical adventure novels'
Historical Novel Society 'a thrilling, fast-moving, engaging tale, with unexpected twists, beautiful prose, excellent characterisation and dialogue, human sentiment and motivation, and graphic descriptions of war. The reader is utterly convinced by the medieval world in this stunning work.'
Wilbur Smith 'A gripping ride'
The Times 'Gilman does heart pounding action superlatively'
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