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Picked this up ages ago under the impression that it was a first installment of a fantasy epic series. No such luck; it's a gritty account of the 1340s war between England and France, with our dashing hero, whose humble birth belies his noble blood; the women who love him; the bad guy who attempts to thwart him at every stage; and his quest for a sacred relic which turns out to be just a piece of wood. There is a lot of sexual violence, and the gallant English win most of the battles. I don't particularly recommend it.

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chickenfeet2003
Oct. 5th, 2014 08:31 pm (UTC)
Sharpe's longbow?
redfiona99
Oct. 5th, 2014 08:35 pm (UTC)
I think Bernard Cornwell is one of those writers where if his stuff works for you, it really works, and if it doesn't, it really doesn't. And that's from someone who loves his books.
alitheapipkin
Oct. 6th, 2014 09:24 am (UTC)
I'd pretty much agree with this, I dragged my way through this some years ago and I think read the sequel as well but I'm not really sure why I bothered!
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