Roland Inness desperately needs meat for his starving family, but he takes the wrong deer on the wrong nobleman's land. Worse yet, he uses his longbow, a weapon outlawed and suppressed by the Norman overlords of England. Now they are coming for him. With one shot the 14 year old peasant boy is launched on a desperate flight that takes him from the mountains of Derbyshire to the wild frontier of Wales and on to the court of Richard the Lionheart. Along the way he is hunted by a paid killer, aided by a strange monk named Tuck, and taken in by a gruff Norman knight, who values his amazing skill with the bow. That skill and his courage are sorely tested as he fights to earn the trust of his new master. Longbow is the first novel in The Saga of Roland Inness. It is followed by Warbow, which takes Roland and his companions to the Holy Land on King Richard's Crusade, and The Broken Realm, which tells the story of his return to England to find a country in the midst of a civil war. The final book in the series, The Ransomed Crown puts Roland at the center of the struggle to save Richard's crown while he is imprisoned by the Holy Roman Emperor and his brother John seeks to usurp the throne.
If you could sum up Longbow in three words, what would they be?
Gripping historical adventure
What was one of the most memorable moments of Longbow?
Certainly the opening scene is extremely atmospheric.
Which character – as performed by James Young – was your favourite?
Roland. He's an ideal hero.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
There were several.
Any additional comments?
This is historical adventure that manages to be both exciting and entertaining. The style of storytelling is lively and descriptive. The novel makes more than a passing nod to the Robin Hood legend, and contains a colourful cast of characters, with all the makings of a fantastic hero. A promising start to the series.
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a great story, all action and no flowery bits. looking forward to Roland's next adventure.
While the story is standard for the genre, it would be entertaining if it were not for what must be the worst narration I have experienced. I have no idea how anyone could have thought the weak voices this narrator offers could possibly fit the characters. They all come across as wimpish and effeminate. Suitable for a children's story (up to 8 years-of-age) but hardly fitting for fighting men.
Dull story, dull reading. I can forgive the reader but what he had to read wasn't worth the effort. Shame, because the idea and concept are good but the end result just didn't engage me.