miércoles, 20 de julio de 2011

Freedom's sword, J.R. Tomlin

Name: Freedom's sword
Author: J.R. Tomlin
Series: None
Publisher:  Smashwords
Format: Pdf
Pages: 275
Website: http://jeannetomlin.blogspot.com
About the author:
Born in the US to a Scottish father and American mother, J. R. grew up in both the US and Scotland, attended university at the University of Texas at Austin and now lives in the US Pacific North West.
She writes both Scottish historical fiction and (non-Scottish) fantasy.

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What goodreads says:
Before William Wallace... before Robert the Bruce... there was another Scottish hero...
In 1296, newly knighted by the King of the Scots, Andrew de Moray fights to defend his country against the forces of the ruthless invader, King Edward Longshanks of England. After a bloody defeat in battle, he is dragged in chains to an English dungeon.
Soon the young knight escapes. He returns to find Scotland under the heel of a conqueror and his betrothed sheltering in the hills of the Black Isle.
Seizing his own castle, he raises the banner of Scottish freedom. Now he must lead the north of Scotland to rebellion in hope of defeating the English army sent to crush them.
My opinion:
J.R. Tomlin sent me this book for a review so thank you so much.
As a student (bear in mind that wasn't that long ago) history was one of my strong points, whether it was English history (which I studied before moving to Spain), Spanish history (which I didn't enjoy that much as it was the modern part), Ancient History, Worldwide history or History of the Art, I loved the subject.
Soon after seeing the rest of my class struggle with a particular exam I decided to help them out, as myself studied the historic events as if they were stories I rewrote that particular event and passed my notes to the rest of the class, and surprising the teacher they all passed the exam :)
So although Historical Fiction isn't the genre I read most, it is one that I enjoy.
I really enjoyed this book as it took me to the battle of the Scots and the English who fought over the Kingdom of Scotland.
I loved how the author stopped to point out details of the battles or strategies for the readers who otherwise might of missed them.
The characters were interesting and in some cases surprising, and the things that happen to them are sometimes cruel and tragic, but they felt so real.
Andrew was a great man, he was everything you could imagine in a warrior fighting for his home, because even if everything seems lost he continues fighting. He's a man who is both strong and gentle, honorable and brave and he quickly gained my sympathy. Add to that that he's an actual historical figure made the book even more interesting.
Some secondary characters will surprise you in the end in a good way.
I especially liked the character of David de Moray, Andrew's uncle as he intrigued me, as a cleric who at the same time was a warrior, who was willing to fight to defend his home.
Although the battle scenes a violent and sometimes cruel I didn't feel like it was overdone, it felt like a battle scene, in which people are killed and kill.
The only thing I missed in the end was a bit more about Caitrina and her family.
Overall I enjoyed this book and I give it 4 stars.
Thank you again and see you next time.

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