Master Of War: The Blooding (Master of War, #1) by David Gilman

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Read Master Of War: The Blooding (Master of War, #1) Online Free - England, 1346: For Thomas Blackstone the choice is easy - dance on the end of a rope for a murder he did not commit, or take up his war bow and join the king's invasion of France.

As he fights his way across northern France, Blackstone will learn the brutal lessons of war - from the terror and confusion of his first taste of combat, to the savage realities of siege warfare.

Vastly outnumbered, Edward III's army will finally confront the armoured might of the French nobility on the field of Crécy. It is a battle that will change the history of warfare, a battle that will change the course of Blackstone's life, a battle that is just the first chapter in a book of legend - Blackstone: Master of War.

Title : Master Of War: The Blooding (Master of War, #1)
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ISBN : 1781850100
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 512 pages


Bookdragon Sean rated it ★★★★☆

October 05, 2015

Some men are made for war even if they don’t know it. Thomas Blackstone is an accomplished archer and a stonemason by trade. He has the killing tools to necessary to succeed in battle, and he has the intelligence to plan and strategize. From his days working with stone, he has learnt how to perce...

Marita rated it ★★★★☆

January 15, 2015

Beware! The Hundred Years' War was a brutal time, and this novel does not pull any punches. It is not for the faint hearted. The Master and hero of the novel is Thomas Blackstone. He is a complex character, and his character develops further as the story moves along. Not only is he an ace archer,...

Celia rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 22, 2014

I had been enjoying this book. Until I made it halfway through, and it went from being a reasonably well written story about the adventures of an archer to a navel-gazing pile of boring teenage slush. If you're an author promoting a book based on a certain thing, it seems incredibly stupid to buil...

Robin rated it ★★★★★

August 18, 2013

Review Is Rome becoming the period of the past? More and more books and series seem to be gravitating to medieval periods and warfare. This is no bad thing, a change to different times, different outlooks on the aspects and manner of war. A change in weapons and a change in the pre-eminent There ar...

Kris43 rated it ★★★★★

March 27, 2015

wonderful book, loved it! it is obvious a ton of research has gone into this and tnx to this i now have a much better understanding of the period. also much care is shown to medieval military tactic, strategic positioning, army compositions and that sort of things. very very fascinating. and best...

Sean rated it ★★★★☆

July 17, 2017

Or "Hobelars Go On a Chevauchee and Encounter Some Villeins, With Romance and Courtly Life Also." I picked this up on a whim, thinking it was a quick 2.5 stars read. Turns out, it was a 4 star and quite lengthy read. A cold, calculating yet sympathetic enough mason-turned-archer-turned-man-at-arm...

Richard rated it ★★★★★

May 05, 2017

All I can say is WOW! I've read just about everything by Bernard Cornwell, GM Fraser, Robert Harris, CS Forester etc - and Master of War is right up there with the best of them. Similar mold to Cornwell, but in my humble opinion, Gilman is better. If you haven't read this book yet, you are missin...

Chris rated it ★★★★★

September 21, 2013

For a guy who shoots 131lbs English Warbows for a hobby. this novel wasn't to be missed by me. 100 years war era, 1346. And of course the battle at the Crecy ridge, one of the heydays and highlights of English Warbow archery. It starts off quite commonly. a young man, Thomas Backstone, stonemason...

RJay rated it ★★★☆☆

October 04, 2017

While I enjoyed this book, for me it was a mixed bag. It was an easy read that brought to life the travails of an English bowman on the Normandy campaign of 1346 which culminated at the Battle of Crecy. However, I felt the premise too closely resembled that of Bernard Cornwell's trilogy about Tho...

Clyde rated it ★★★★☆

January 01, 2018

Young Thomas Blackstone is forced to take his great bow and head off to war. It is either that or hang. And a great war it is -- what we now call the hundred-years war. He is blooded, quite literally, on the killing field of Crecy. In this book we get brutal medieval warfare, the horror of the bla...

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