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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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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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"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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  • 16-02-21

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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brilliant as ever.

master of war, unusually ,got better and better the only disappointment is when I get to the end. narration perfect.

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Great story line

Another fantastic story following the trials of blackstone and his men during the 13th century awaiting the next book

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Shadow of the hawk.

Fabulous book byone of my authors and the narrator was superb ,just the way I imagined Thomas Blackstone to be.

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sad that it ended

I have loved all the books in the master of War series. if like me you love a great swashbuckling yarn with a tinge of historic fact you need to try these books. wonderful characters that you will hold dear and shed the odd tear for.

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  • 18-08-21

Definitely the best Historical Fiction Series

I have read all of the books, and they are excellent. The characters and the narration is really good, look forward to the next

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Another great adventure

I loved this book, great story, excellent narrative and narrated brilliantly , I loved it.

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Excellent Series

Loved every minute of this series! Thomas Blackstone is a likeable character. I flew through the whole series in no time at all. Can't wait for the next installment! Well done Mr Gilman

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  • 22-06-21

I need more!

The entire book is amazing, but the ending is the best! Just when you think you know what is about to happen, it takes a turn. I have very much enjoyed this series and will be listening to it many more times!!!

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  • 10-02-22

Gilman & Mace

Gilman created a masterpiece with Thomas Blackstone. Colin simply brought him to life with Gilbert and the others. Blackstone's transformation (primarily due to Gilbert and other hardships) shows a man determined to be just aside from religion or wealth; he never needed a means to justify his deeds. His ability to lead a melting pot of soldiers is the blueprint of a great leader. Never mind where you came from but simply can you fight by my side with the others that chose to follow me? Always Defiant Unto Death!!

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  • Chaz R
  • 17-09-21

Exceptional.

Great story and storytelling. Recommended reading. Thomas Blackstone is my new hero. Read it and see for for yourself.

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  • L. E. Belluchie
  • 28-08-21

A rollicking good read

A great read, while there are some historic license it stays true to the time period

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  • L.W.
  • 16-05-21

Sooooo Goood

This writer is amazing. Ok, I am a woman and the killing didn’t thrill me but this writer made it worth reading. You just have to listen to these stories, and the narration is a big 10. Oh my what he gave to this wonderful series. You get so invested in outcomes. Gripping.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-02-21

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.