My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A sequel to his debut this is even better. Tancred has been awarded a manor for his services to Lord Robert. The catch is that the manor is on the Welsh border and the Welsh aren’t happy with Norman neighbours. Raiding from small parties is bad enough but rumour has it that some English thegns have allied to the Welsh kings to assist the Aethling win England back from William.
Tancred is summoned away from his manor to serve his lord who has come to Shrewsbury to form an alliance with Fitz Osbern. He once again finds himself making enemies amongst his fellow knights as well as discovering there is a price on his head from the Aethling after York!
History with blood and guts and grim truth about fighting in the early medieval period. With action from Wales all the way up to York it shows the extent of the battles William had to face to cement his hold on his new kingdom after Hastings. It was a nasty time as William wasn’t too happy about the rebellions.
Tancred really doesn’t have a good time in this book! Hope the next one brings him a bit more joy…