Freedom's Sword

Freedom s Sword Before William Wallace before Robert the Bruce there was another Scottish heroIn newly knighted by the King of the Scots Andrew de Moray fights to defend his country against the forces of the

  • Title: Freedom's Sword
  • Author: J.R. Tomlin
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Before William Wallace, before Robert the Bruce, there was another Scottish heroIn 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 returBefore William Wallace, before Robert the Bruce, there was another Scottish heroIn 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 from the English, 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.Freedom s Sword is a prequel to A Kingdom s Cost, Book 1 of The Black Douglas Trilogy.

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    1. This book follows the life of Sir Andrew de Moray, who was one the Scottish leaders at the battle of Stirling Bridge alongside the more famous William Wallace. The story takes us from the initial English invasion of Scotland, through Andrew's incarceration in an English cell, before he returns and helps to build an army to re-take Scotland and defeat the English at Stirling. If you have seen the movie Braveheart or know your Scottish History then you should already know the basic premise to be h [...]

    2. Four thousand mounted horsemen in the English army in the 13th century? It sounds a lot, and while J.R. Tomlin's novel, Freedom's Sword, rang true to the individuals, I found myself fact-checking and wondering at the events. To the author's credit, her novel is very well researched. I might choose to doubt the initial size of the army, and the love-making technique of the lord, but the art of war, of raising a rebellion, of dungeon, pike and sword, is very well-told. And the history of Scotland' [...]

    3. Reading this book was a very unique experience. On the one hand, I really enjoyed the story. The characters are interesting. The setting is rich with such detail that I had no doubt Ms. Tomlin had not just done her research but had thoroughly enjoyed it. It's very obvious when an author has done research simply for the sake of showing it off to the reader versus when an author take the time to weave their knowledge delicately into the fabric of their tale. Ms. Tomlin definitely falls into the la [...]

    4. FREEDOM'S SWORD, free ebook, was a wonderful read! This part of history I've not read much. The book is a prequel to the BLACK DOUGLAS TRILOGY regarding Scotland's wars for independence from England. The mechanics of good writing were good taking into account that ereaders seem prone to a glitch or two. Any such errors did not affect my enjoyment of this book.From this book I felt the heart of Scotland's people. Good books make readers feel the books' subjects regardless of what those feelings m [...]

    5. Did you like Braveheart? Are you a fan of history? Love everything Scottish? Then this is the book for you. Freedom's Sword is a fictionalized account of the real life events of the Scottish fight against the British invaders under King Edward Longshanks in the 13th century. Andrew de Moray is knighted by King John Balliol just before their defeat at Dunbar in 1296. De Moray is dragged in chains to an English dungeon, which he manages to escape. He returns to Scotland to find it under British co [...]

    6. The price of Scotland’s freedom from the King of England is paid for with blood, sweat and tears of those willing to sacrifice everything for love of country. *** This is a fast paced adventure story that tells the struggle of those willing to fight to free Scotland from the rule of the King of England in the 13th century. Andrew de Moray is forced to fight for his life and country after he and other key players in the Scottish royalty and military are killed or taken prisoner fighting the Eng [...]

    7. I liked the first in the series (A Kingdom's Cost), and the day after I finished it, the second was a freebie on , so I grabbed it. Sadly, this one's nowhere near as good. The characters seems to be wandering round aimlessly, and I couldn't make myself care about them enough to finish.The quality of the editing is, as before, dreadful. It's as if the book was dictated to a computer which regularly confuses oak and oat, to and too, their, they're and there, horse and house, and so on. I struggled [...]

    8. This book by Tomlin is an enjoyable one. It is a piece of Scottish history. The characters are well developed and you feel for and with them. The plot naturally has to do with history but it is well done so you feel a part of it. Enjoyable and a good read.J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"

    9. Fans of historical fiction will love this accurately researched, well written novel.I really enjoyed the entire story line, repeatedly racing ahead to see what happens next. Filled with heroic heroes and villainous villains, Tomlin paints a picture of rugged Scotland at one of it's momentous turning points in history.I'm already looking forward to the next book.

    10. Every scot should know the name of Andrew De Moray, the unsung hero who begun the fight for our independence!

    11. This is a historical fiction book about Andrew de Moray, a fighter for Scottish independence who is less popularly well known than his contemporary William Wallace. As I started this book, I was thinking that it would be about a 4 star book. The author writes battle scenes very well, and the book starts off briskly. However as it goes on, especially after the halfway mark, the pacing becomes erratic, and the grammar and spelling starts to get sloppy. There really needed to be a couple more proof [...]

    12. Interesting and Captivating Story I read the books about Robert The Bruce that this book is a prequel to, and I loved reading those as well as this one. I think to be brave back in those times was putting your life and everything you had in the line. I'm fascinated by what life must have been like for these people who were at constant battle for their land and their rights and I love reading about it in a novel type setting. The only bad part about this book was there were a bunch typos and erro [...]

    13. Grabbed My AttentionEnjoyed the read from start to finish. It peaked my interest in the history of Scotland's struggle for freedom from a tyrant.

    14. I like historical fiction. I like military history. I like Scotland. So I was pretty sure I'd like Freedom's Sword, and as I turned off my kindle after reading the last word, I sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed my visit to the first Scottish War of Independence.A little background: Scotland was once upon a time a completely free and independent entity from England. But back in the 1200's a squabble between potential claimants to the throne ended up with Edward I deciding he was in charge. This spar [...]

    15. 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 [...]

    16. Brilliant writingThis is an informative story to learn about this time period and the file of royalty. And the story is solid, historical, and scene accurate. But I most enjoyed this book for the author's flowery, well-researched language. Yes, truly a five-star book.

    17. The central Character is Andrew de Moray, a very real knight who fought along side William Wallace (yes, the Braveheart guy) for Scottish Independence way back in the 1200s, though he has largely been forgotten, though I’m sure there are some history buffs who would disagree with me. Ms. Tomlin added several appendixes at the end, citing where most of her research came from and how she tried to stay mostly historically accurate, though there were some instances where she had to make things up, [...]

    18. A win for the scots & a win, win for meAnyone whose read my reviews (thankfully, not many) knows i like a tale that holds my interest, beginning to endat i read purely for enjoymenti enjoyed this bookt too long & with a tad of romance (sex) thrown in too

    19. Argh! Such an abrupt ending! Interesting account that parallels and intersects with William Wallace. Lots of editing misses or I would've given it four stars.

    20. A fine work of fact mixed with a little bit of fiction. What made the book for me was the use of the Scottish language . . . it kept it in front of me as if it were happening just as I was reading it. Five stars, but, if I could have done it, I'd have given it seven stars.

    21. 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 t [...]

    22. February 13, 2013A Review by Anthony T. Riggio of the book Freedom’s Sword (A Novel of Scotland) by J.R. TomlinI read this book in the Kindle Format and was surprised at the lack of editorial oversight on this edition. There were a number of spelling errors. I certainly hope the printed edition was free of these errors and had better editorial oversight.This being said, the book was very enjoyable and while very historical it was fairly on target with the events portrayed. I just finished read [...]

    23. TO see my full reivew:wp/p1jhaj-2JoIf you’re a fan of Braveheart, then you’ll probably really enjoy this novel following the life of Andrew de Moray. I’m not a history buff by any means, but based on what I know of Scottish and English history, I’d say that J.R. Tomlin has done a phenomenal job capturing the events and putting them to paper. It’s a very historical novel, mixing fact and fiction and spurring the reader on as de Moray fights for the freedom of Scotland.What I liked the m [...]

    24. The Brutalities of English/Scottish WarsIn 1296, Andrew deMoray, son of Lord Andrew de Moray, was captured in a battle of the Scots against King Edward I of England. Lord Andrew was taken to the tower, but the son Andrew was thrown into a dungeon in isolation where he suffered from starvation, dehydration, and beatings until he thought he would die. Only his will to fight the English kept him alive. He managed to escape the prison, but was very weak due to starvation. He tricked a merchant out o [...]

    25. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and especially the medieval times. This story seemed to have an interesting premise, and the price was too good to resist.It follows the trials and struggle of Andrew de Moray against the English invaders, and as a second POV character Caitrina, the youngest daughter of a lord, destined to become a nun against her will. The character development of Andrew is excellent, and I saw him grow and react to each obstacle life throws at him. The secondary [...]

    26. Another chapter of history overlooked by many. While it is fiction, it is based in fact, and enough fact that I felt compelled to read more about the fascinating Andrew de Moray.

    27. I will admit to being somewhat hesitant about the book "Freedom's Sword", by J.R. Tomlin. I enjoy historical fiction but 13th century Scotland is a little further back than I usually venture. Tomlin's prose and characters made it a pleasure trip.The story begins with newly knighted Andrew de Moray in battle against the English invaders led by King Edward. In a surreptitious rout the Scottish are defeated and Andrew is taken prisoner.Andrew spends approximately a year locked up in a pitch black d [...]

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