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A Queen's Knight: A Medieval Military Historical Fiction Novel

Mercenary for Hire, Book 4
Narrated by: Nathaniel Williams
Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Summary

The Fitzwarren brothers are set on a quest to take back what belongs to them.


Richard has lost everything to Andrew Kineer, even his identity. Whether he will be able to reclaim it remains to be seen. The backdrop to their own struggle is the political tension in England. Mary I, convinced God has given her the task of returning England to the true faith, sends the Protestant reformers a stark and violent message.

Jack finds himself in a difficult and dangerous situation. His patience and his loyalty are sorely tested.

Catherine finds herself uncomfortably close to Elizabeth and is forced to accompany her to court, a court full of watchful eyes and whispers. Christopher Morley soon makes the most of this opportunity, pressing Catherine to embroil herself further in his schemes.

©2018 Sam Burnell (P)2018 Sam Burnell

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Good listen

If you like historical fiction and a good yarn then this is one for you. The books are populated with interesting and colourful characters who are not soon forgotten.

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A series that constantly changes setting

Each time I get one of these books it’s a bit like a travel magazine – I never quite know where we are going to end up next? London, France, Germany, Italy and now in this book Malta! Loved the descriptive passages telling me of sun baked lands in the Mediterranean.

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A Queen’s Knight

The story has moved on through Europe to Malta and to the island home of the Knights of St John. Interesting historical settings and people, loved the sea battles and the shipwrecks.

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Good Audio Book

If you’ve followed this series, Jack Fitzwarren really comes into his own during this book. He takes over the role of leader, all of Richard’s training and patience finally pays off and Jack takes on the dominant role in this story.

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A breathless listen

You do find yourself holding your breath during several really tense scenes. Great narration, the characters do really come alive.

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Enjoyed it and was saddened when it finished

Another rollercoaster ride and I was sad when I found I was going to have to wait for the next book in the series to find out what happened next.

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Powerful and Sad

There’s action, there’s a good plot and of course there is Lizbet! But there are also a lot of serious themes in this book, not least those relating to mental health and addiction.

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Believable

I like these series books. Things rarely run smoothly for the main characters, and they suffer, boy do they suffer. Their reactions to what befalls them are believable, even if at times they seem tragic, and in this book we see Richard suffering drug addiction and Jack trying and failing to deal with his brother’s weakness. Brilliant.

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Another gripping listen

Picked this one up after A Queen’s Mercenary, as I had to find out what happened to the lads next. If I was hoping they might have got a bit of reprieve then I was definitely wrong! Another rocky ride, plenty of action and poor, poor Richard.

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Great narration

Liked the new narrator who has picked up this series of books, Nate Williams brings some real life to the characters and does a brilliant job lending a certain amount of individuality to each one. His takes on Richard is excellent.

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  • Michael Hood
  • 18-01-20

The Nuts and Bolts of the Renisasance

Live the Renisasance in a Queen's Knight with our 2 intrepid brothers as they adventure to make their fortunes. The mind of Sam Burnell never puts them in the situation you expect them or want them to go. Even so, they continue to land on their feet, if not by the skin of their teeth. The harrowing details of their near brushes with death and the plots against them are solved only by their own wits and dedication to one another. It is a time where knowledge, innovation and alcamy began to overcome brut force and the power of nobility. The Fitzwarren brothers make themselves prisoners by design in the mediterranean isles; held by the most fearsome fighters in the world. A gamble of audacity that might or might not succeed.

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  • Frank D. A
  • 27-05-19

Excellent Series

Loved the Mercenary For Hire series, read the books and then got the audio's to listen to in the car journey. I was suprised how much I had missed!

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  • Colin G. Cox
  • 27-05-19

Enjoyable Books

The books follow the lives of two brothers and their journey through Tudor England as they face one trial after another. The author puts them through literally everything and time and again they rise to the challenge.

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  • David
  • 27-05-19

Good Stories and Well Narrated

The English narrator is lovely to listen to and Sam Burnell's books are a real slice of Tudor history - so glad I tripped over these.

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  • Janda Mode
  • 26-05-19

Excellent Series

Loved the Mercenary For Hire series, read the books and then got the audio's to listen to in the car journey. I was suprised how much I had missed!

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  • Hawai HU
  • 24-05-19

Enjoyable narration

The new narrator, Nate Williams is wonderful to listen to and does these stories real justice. He gives each character their own distinctive personality and it's really easy to visualise them as you listen.

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  • Michelle J. Otis
  • 23-05-19

The Saga Continues

I've enjoyed this series so far, and was happy to find another episode in the tale.