(Book 2 of The Gisborne Saga by Prue Batten)


Ysabel is now De Courcey’s widow, Gisborne has been caught, imprisoned  and tortured with the accusation of  killing her husband.  Ysabel knows he is safe now but  why can’t he come back to her and their little son?

Gisborne and her, their love,  just past memories. She’s been left alone with their little boy, William. Gisborne has her helped and protected by loyal Ulric and a bunch of reliable servants. She must hide and move throughout Europe, as Gisborne disposes.  Problem is she is not a woman who easily accepts to be ordered  .

Gisborne has been  far away for long now,  a man of King Richard the Lionheart, who spared his life and trusts him.  She fears she will never see him again and  doesn’t know what her fate is going to be, she fears for her little William’s future,  William of  Gisborne. Will she ever see father and son together again?

The memory of them  together  “plucks at her heart like a troubador’s fingers” and makes her fall in love with Gisborne each time, though her feelings are torn.   

In this second volume of the saga, Ysabel has to face a new incredible series of adventures in a long troubled journey toward  reunion.
More than anything else,  she has to fight  her own soul’s  demons: can she trust the man she loves or not? Why does he go on keeping some parts of his life secret to her? Has he ever really loved her?
She can’t bear being moved from one place to  another as a pawn in a game of chess, being lied to, being kept unaware of Gisborne’s real plans. His soldiers and servants are loyal and extremely kind to her,  but they would never reveal their master’s secrets. Hence, she must discover the truth herself, and in her attempt to do it,  she risks all their lives since she ends up in the hands of Gisborne’s most rageful foe, Halsham.  Will that be the end of all of them?

Templar knights, secret agents, exciting twists, thrilling scenes make Gisborne: The Book of Knights an adventure- packed, fast- paced read.
 But that is not all. After reading The Book of Pawns (book 1) I  had been eagerly waiting for this second installment in The Gisborne Saga and when I started reading it, I immediately noticed it was even better than the first book, which I had been  fond of.
On several occasions I have sung the praises of Prue Batten’s skills at creating magic with words, since I must admit, I am  one of her fans. I wrote once and want to state it again:  “Her rich, refined prose creates an embroidered picture full of little delightful details, stitch after stitch” (from my own review of Gisborne Book of Pawns).  But this time what I most admired while reading Gisborne: Book of Knights was characterization.

All the characters have their own peculiar voice, their portrayals  are so vivid, even if they are only minor ones .  Ysabel , Gisborne and Ulric  are more mature, complex  and even more gripping  in this second book, but the new characters are extraordinary .  I love little William very much, for instance. 
This is first – rank historical fiction, thoroughly researched, with relatable characters,  rich language, gripping plot, unexpected twists and unforgettable moments.

If you love the genre, I highly recommend you to grab your copies of book 1 and 2, and undertake the wonderful ride with Ysabel and her Gisborne. My stars for Prue Batten? Five out of five, of course.


Take your chances to win a Kindle version of book 1 + book  2 of  THE GISBORNE SAGA. Use the rafflecopter form below and good luck! The contest is open internationally and ends on August 21th.

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maribea said...

wow...templars, knights, love and dames...it reminds me of Ivanhoe and how I fell in love with the corteous love. I'd really love to read both the novels. Congratulations on such a huge accomplishment!

Lúthien84 said...

The premise of the second novel sounds intriguing. I would love the chance to win both books. Thank you very much.

dstoutholcomb said...

I enjoy historical novels

chattypatra said...

As my blog followers know, I am a passionate defender of Richard's favorite 'baddie'. I am also a consummate bookworm. Therefore, those books sound like a lethal combination to me, in the best possible way. I am salivating at the thought of being fortunate enough to win those copies. Otherwise, I'll have to wait for Santa to reward me for being a good girl. ;)

Rafaella said...

I enjoyed the first book and have been eagerly awaiting the second instalment

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I liked so much the first book and I'm looking forward to read the second!

Terry said...

I love reading about this time period and these books sound like they would grab me and hold on.

BeckyC said...

I love historical novels, but who can not be intrigued with Richard Armitage as Guy. Thanks for the giveaway!

Marcia Belloube said...

VEry interesting!!! I love Guy of Gisborne since I watched Robin Wood. Only now I discovered this novel.

I will buy in my next visit to amazon or book depository.

I am curious to read!!!