Publication Date: September 19, 2013
Hadley Rille Books
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction
This is an impressive debut novel. Contributing factors such as detail, an intriguing narrative, and the well developed characters build momentum in a balanced fashion. Usually a novel leans towards the driving force of narrative or character, however this novel is evenly written where all considerations are equal creating a rapid pace and enthralling read, you won’t be able to put down.
The detail is rich, and attention paid to the minute, enhancing the reading experience hands down. Turner’s sense to detail pulls you into the scenery along with the era. Scotland is described perfectly as well as all the fine details more than developing the environs. Dialogue was spot on with all plausibility.
John Sempill is plagued with uncertainty, a pleaser, questioning his allegiance in battle. John grows and becomes his own person, the once passive boy develops in to a self assured, mature man.
Wonderfully researched, the rawness of battle, the hardships of life are affecting. An exciting read instantly capturing your attention from the start. Turner penned an exceptional debut novel and I look forward to future works from this marvelous authoress.
Historical fiction fans, seekers of excitement, fans of Scottish history will undoubtedly be swept away in this fantastic debut novel by the adroit Louise Turner.
On the 11th June in 1488, two armies meet in battle at Sauchieburn, near Stirling. One fights for King James the Third of Scotland, the other is loyal to his eldest son, Prince James, Duke of Rothesay.
Soon, James the Third is dead, murdered as he flees the field. His army is routed. Among the dead is Sir Thomas Sempill of Ellestoun, Sheriff of Renfrew, whose son and heir, John, escapes with his life.
Once John’s career as knight and courtier seemed assured. But with the death of his king, his situation is fragile. He’s the only surviving son of the Sempill line and he’s unmarried. If he hopes to survive, John must try and win favour with the new king.
And deal with the ruthless and powerful Lord Montgomerie…
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About the Author
Born in Glasgow, Louise Turner spent her early years in the west of Scotland where she attended the University of Glasgow. After graduating with an MA in Archaeology, she went on to complete a PhD on the Bronze Age metalwork hoards of Essex and Kent. She has since enjoyed a varied career in archaeology and cultural resource management. Writing has always been a major aspect of her life and in 1988, she won the Glasgow Herald/Albacon New Writing in SF competition with her short story Busman’s Holiday. Louise lives with her husband in west Renfrewshire.
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