Synopses & Reviews
A brutal raid on the quiet coastal English village of Hookton in 1342 leaves but one survivor: a young archer named Thomas. On this terrible dawn, his purpose becomes clear to recover a stolen sacred relic and pursue to the ends of the earth the murderous black-clad knight bearing a blue-and-yellow standard, a journey that leads him to the courageous rescue of a beautiful French woman, and sets him on his ultimate quest: the search for the Holy Grail.
"Cornwell picks a new epoch to play in and, to no one's surprise, has a ball....Another top effort from one of today's truly great storytellers." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Reviews)
"[H]eroic characters; a fast-moving, action-packed plot; and enough twists and turns to keep the narrative from lapsing into formula....[A] promising new series that brings an intriguing period to life." Publishers Weekly
"Perhaps the greatest writer of historical adventure novels today." The Washington Post
"Cornwell has crafted an extremely well-written novel, grounded in actual historic events....Highly recommended." Library Journal
"The direct heir to Patrick O'Brian." The Economist (U.K.)
“Another top effort from one of todays truly great storytellers.” Kirkus (Starred Review)
The first volume in this new series begins a medieval quest for the Holy Grail. When his English village is attacked by French marauders led by a vicious knight, young Thomas vows revenge and to retrieve a holy treasure taken from the church. Traveling to France, Thomas joins the army of King Edward III at the beginning of the Hundred Years War, becoming an preternaturally gifted and deadly archer.
About the Author
Bernard Cornwell is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestsellers 1356 and Agincourt; the bestselling Saxon Tales, which include The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman, Lords of the North, Sword Song, The Burning Land, Death of Kings, The Pagan Lord, and, most recently, The Empty Throne; and the Richard Sharpe novels, among many others.