Book: Men of the Cross
Series: Battle Scars book 1
Publisher: Blue X Entertainment
Publication date: April 28, 2014
Length: 355 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
War, political intrigue and passion… heroes… friends and lovers… and the seeds for a new Robin Hood legend await you…
Two young knights’ journey to war at Richard the Lionheart’s side sweeps them from England to the Holy Land in this historical adventure set against the backdrop of the Third Crusade.
Henry de Grey leaves Southampton in high spirits, strong in his faith and passionate about the mission to take Jerusalem back from Saladin’s army. Stephan l’Aigle’s prowess on the battlefield is well known, as are his exploits in the arms of other men. He prizes duty, honour and loyalty to his king above all else. But God and the Church? Stephan has little use for either.
Henry’s convictions are challenged by loss and the harsh realities of bloody battles, unforgiving marches, and the politics of the day. Man against man. Man against the elements. Man against his own heart. Survival will depend on more than a strong sword arm.
Men of the Cross is book one in Charlene Newcomb's Battle Scars series. Men of the Cross is every historical fan's dream! It's a truly epic adventure. It's war, love, blood, sweat, tears, triumphs, and failures.
This is told in the POV's of Stephan l'Aigle and Sir Henry de Grey, Knights in King Richard the Lionheart's army. They develop a friendship; which in war, so close to so much tragedy, is normal.
Stephan and Henry's love affair isn't an easy one to fold into. Stephan falls hard for Henry. Stephan being gay and Henry being religiously bound; presented moral questions and a tangle of situations.
We deal with so many political and religious battles in this book.. Written within a time when same sex relationships were forbidden. Where such relationships were a fatal crime. That always pulls at my heart. To have love be denied but it being so strong that the lovers involved would rather die than be forced apart *sigh*
When you take Stephan and Henry's personal and professional situations and meld them together, you get a very intense, rich, intoxicating story.
Charlene Newcomb's writing is exemplary. Her grasp on history is breathtaking; add in the fact she created a love story within history... I must applaud her.
This book, in no way, could have been easy to write, even though it's flawless. It was breath-stealing at times to read.
This is a book for everyone. One I highly recommend for those who love literature.
About Charlene Newcomb
Charlene Newcomb, aka Char, is currently working on Book III of her Battle Scars series, 12th century historical adventures filled with war, political intrigue, and a knightly romance of forbidden love set during the reign of Richard the Lionheart.
While medieval historical fiction has her under its spell at the moment, her writing roots are in the Star Wars Expanded Universe where she published her first short story in 1994 in the Star Wars Adventure Journal. She has also dabbled in contemporary fiction - Keeping the Family Peace is a family saga/coming of age story centering on the lives of a Navy family.
Char was a Supporting Author at GRL2016. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society (HNS) and a contributor and blog editor for English Historical Fiction Authors. Her Battle Scars books are indieBRAG Medallion honorees; Book II is an HNS Editors Choice and also a finalist in the Chaucer Awards for pre-1750 Historical Fiction.
Librarian by day.
Mom to 3 grown, amazing children.
She lives in Kansas. Yes, Toto. Kansas.
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