Blood on the Crown

Struggle for the Crown, Book 1
Narrated by: Marston York
Series: Struggle for the Crown, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Based on the actual events of the years 1367-1382, the novel shows the struggle for the crown through the eyes of a young warrior.

Blood on the Crown is set in the latter half of the 14th century. 

Will, son of Harry, is about to join one of the freebooting mercenaries who serve the Black Prince in Gascony and Spain. Soldiers of fortune, they fight for pay and for loot. Circumstances mean that he comes to the attention of the heir to the English throne, Prince Edward, and is chosen as the bodyguard for his sons, Edward and Richard. When the Black Prince dies before his father and his elder brother, Edward, also dies, a young Richard of Bordeaux becomes heir to the throne, and Will has a greater responsibility than he expected. He becomes King at the age of just 10. Intrigue, attempted murder and a revolt by the peasants of Kent, Essex and London put both the young King and his bodyguard in mortal danger.

©2018 Griff Hosker (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Held my interest

The story was interesting and enjoyable. The book, however, needs a good editor as certain phrases were used repeatedly -- at times actually contradicting previous uses -- and the grammar and word choices were not up to par.

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  • David G.
  • 01-11-20

Disappointed

I've read and enjoyed a few Griff Hosker books/series but the storyline was the weakest , with the least believable characters.

The narrator didn't help. Either mechanical/deadpan or almost comical .

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  • Ms P V Jennings
  • 04-22-20

Great story, well told.


‘Blood on the Crown’ is the first book in ‘Struggle for the Crown’ series, and tells the story of Will Strongsword, who served his king dutifully, even though at times he is pulled in different directions.

The story, which is set in one of the most fascinating times in English history, is told from the perspective, not of the hierarchy, but of the sell swords who fought in the wars as a way to earn money by scavenging the battlefields for amour, weapons, coins, horses and food, in the hope of a better life when they return home.

This may not be a book for everyone if you like your historical reads to be factual, as this is a mix of legend and history, but if you love books with memorable characters that you can both love and despise at the same time, then this is a great listen.

Marston Yorks’ story telling is fantastic, loved his accents, although not always accurate.

It is a superbly told story that gripped me from beginning to end.

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  • David Tilley
  • 08-31-19

awsome

great storyline and captures you from the off. looking forward to hearing the next installment of Will and his journey.

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  • Grahame Davis
  • 06-11-19

I liked it<br />I will follow this story to book 2

good story, and easy to find oneself being in 1300s and imagining how brutal life could be, but honour and spirit can take you a long way, and Will looks like he is in for quite a journey