Monday 9 April 2018


Daughter of War (Knights Templar #1)Daughter of War by S.J.A. Turney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Having conquered ancient Rome, Simon Turney turns his hand to medieval Spain.

Daughter of War is set in 1198. It is a period of upheaval and violence, a time of bloody reconquest, as Christians battle Moors to reclaim the kingdoms of Iberia. In this tumultuous time there are several factions, each vying for power, land and wealth and not all followers of Christ are friends of the Knights Templar. Against this canvas of intrigue, greed and uneasy alliances, Turney brings us the gripping tale of Arnau de Vallbona, a young knight, who finds himself thrust into conflict with a ruthless noble. Along with the lady he is sworn to protect, the honourable Arnau joins the "Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon" where he learns there is great strength in giving oneself over to higher causes. And victory can come from placing one's faith not only in God, but in his new brothers and sisters of the Temple.

Turney is a master-storyteller and this is a classic, epic adventure that hurtles headlong like a galloping destrier. With prose and plotting as polished and sharp as a Templar's longsword, Simon Turney propels the reader into the turbulent time of twelfth century Spain.

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Sunday 1 April 2018


It feels like it's been a long time coming, but finally the day is here for book five of The Bernicia Chronicles, WARRIOR OF WODEN, to be unleashed on the world! If you pre-ordered, it should have already appeared magically on your e-book reader. If you didn't pre-order, what are you waiting for?!

I hope you enjoy the book, and please leave a review on your online site of choice once you are finished reading it. As writers are so fond of saying, reviews really do help others to find books and to take a chance on a new author.

WARRIOR OF WODEN is currently available as en e-book and print on demand paperback. It will be available soon as an audiobook (date TBD) and in other print formats (hardback and mass market paperback) next year.