It is so graphic you can immediately put yourself there, imagining the faces and the clash of weapons. It also elaborates on the historical context and fleshes out the characters. It draws you in and is a compelling novel you cannot put down. So much research must have gone into the book; the detail is incredible. I enjoyed it so much.
Ideal for anyone who loves historical fiction and anyone else who wants a well written and intricate read
An outstanding contemporary writer
Young's fans will not be disappointed as she meticulously ploughs through the sweep of history and brings to life one of its most enigmatic characters
A cracking plot and charismatic characters are set against the convincingly researched background of the violent, gory Anglo-Scottish civil wars
Richly worked and captivating . . . an epic story of war, intrigue and heroism
Immaculately researched and carefully written, evoking a very particular - and largely unexplored - time and place. The fights are sensational.
This is a big book, and the trilogy a huge project to undertake. From the evidence so far, Young's fans will not be disappointed as she meticulously ploughs through the sweep of history and brings to life one of its most enigmatic characters
Given the events are fixed in historical fiction, the trick is to find supplementary reasons for actions, and Young's conceit - that Edward I is trying to capture four relics (one of which is the Stone of Destiny) - gives a great ulterior motivation. The learning is never cumbersome, a deft trick when describing medieval warfare in all its clunking barbarism.
One of the best historical debuts in recent memory. Exciting and enthralling.
Leads you in swiftly and doesn't let you go
Wonderful . . . loaded with atmosphere, action, and intrigue
The fast and furious start to a majestic new trilogy
This tale captures the struggles of a tumultuous time
another fine novel by Young and a promising start to an exciting new series
Young writes with remarkable accuracy, action-packed efficiency and gut-wrenching violence
A sweeping historical adventure as well as a cracking sequel