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Freedom's Sword by J. R. Tomlin

Freedom's Sword (edition 2011)

by J. R. Tomlin

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Title:Freedom's Sword
Authors:J. R. Tomlin
Info:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2011), Paperback, 250 pages
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Freedom's Sword: A Novel of Scotland by J.R. Tomlin



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This is the little known story of Andrew de Moray, who led the Scots in a Northern uprising against King Edward I of England and his armies. His uncle was the Bishop of Elgin Cathedral and lent a helping sword, supplies, and arms to his people's cause. This is an engrossing book that I didn't want to put down and so managed to finish it in about two days. ( )
  lisa.schureman | Sep 20, 2014 |
[[J. R. Tomlin]] has been writing epic fantasy for a good while, but, from what I can tell, is recently making forays into historical fiction. [A Kingdom's Cost] was the first book written in the Black Douglas trilogy, and was an exciting, engrossing read. James Douglas' father sent him to France to keep him safe from England's King Edward I, aka Longshanks. Soon after his arrival in London, he witnesses and is profoundly affected by the execution of William Wallace, strengthening his resolve to take back Scotland from the English.

[Freedom's Sword] is the prequel to the story of James Douglas. Tomlin takes the reader back some years to the rise of William Wallace and the early days of Robert the Bruce. A little-known figure, Andrew de Moray, is knighted by Scotland's King John de Balliol, goes into a battle the Scots lose, and gets captured by the English. Typical teenager that he is, he is unable to keep quiet in the face of his captors. King Edward and his minions find nothing "precocious" in young Andrew's outspokenness, causing young Andrew to be taken to perhaps the worst dungeon in all of England. He escapes, returns to his home, and proceeds to show the occupying English exactly what he thinks of their "expansion plans." He escapes, returns home, brings hope and renewed resolve to his people, and the battle begins. I must stop here, or risk giving the away the ending to the non-English-history-expert readers.

[Freedom's Sword]'s storyline is orderly, cohesive, concise - there is no jumping back and forth in time as seems to be popular now. Tomlin seems to adhere to historical accuracy, and I appreciate the "Historical Notes" and citations included.

As in [A Kingdom's Cost], the characters in this story are developed very well. The reader easily learns the relevant backgrounds and understands the motivations of the main historical characters. In Andrew de Moray, the young knight is an impetuous, hotheaded youth who becomes, in a very short time, a deliberating, calculating war strategist who keeps his family life separate from his work.

Tomlin's skill is quite evident in the writing of [Freedom's Sword]. Vivid descriptions tell of the battles with sound and fury, of the surface features of the land seen from the eyes of the warrior, of the scents and sounds and sceneries of a young man's more innocent days. The story flows so seamlessly that I often lost track of chapter counts. Editing was thorough and as complete as I have seen in too long of a time.

It is definitely one I will read again. ( )
  Betty30554 | Jan 16, 2013 |
I got this for free from Amazon.com. I don't know the accuracy of the history. The book not only brought out the experiences of the nobles but also the common people. There were comments on the English drive to conquer other people and the importance to the Scots to have their freedom. I read the book on my Kindle which made it easier for me to look up Medieval terms. There is a map of Scotland at the beginning but that is difficult to use with a Kindle. At the end of the book is a brief summary of the historical period, a list of historical characters, and the author's description of what were historical facts (and the source) and what was historical fiction in the book. I enjoy reading historical fiction and really appreciate it when authors include this information. ( )
1 vote Alice_Wonder | Oct 28, 2012 |
Freedom's Sword was really an exciting read. Though there was some word choice and grammatical errors which took me out of the story, it was overall a well-constructed, well-written, exciting book. For those who are into history,
action, and military fiction, you'll love it!

This book was provided free in exchange for a review. ( )
1 vote Jon.Roemer | Jan 26, 2012 |
Very interesting and absorbing book about Scottish History during the war with Longshanks of England. Shows the hopes and brutality of the times. Very well written and exciting book, a very good read. ( )
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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.

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