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Fire & Sword by Louise Turner w/ Giveaway


Publication Date: September 19, 2013
Hadley Rille Books
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction

This is an impressive debut novel. Contributing factors such as detail, an intriguing narrative, and the well developed characters build momentum in a balanced fashion. Usually a novel leans towards the driving force of narrative or character, however this novel is evenly written where all considerations are equal creating a rapid pace and enthralling read, you won’t be able to put down.

The detail is rich, and attention paid to the minute, enhancing the reading experience hands down. Turner’s sense to detail pulls you into the scenery along with the era. Scotland is described perfectly as well as all the fine details more than developing the environs. Dialogue was spot on with all plausibility.

John Sempill is plagued with uncertainty, a pleaser, questioning his allegiance in battle. John grows and becomes his own person, the once passive boy develops in to a self assured, mature man.

Wonderfully researched, the rawness of battle, the hardships of life are affecting. An exciting read instantly capturing your attention from the start. Turner penned an exceptional debut novel and I look forward to future works from this marvelous authoress.

Historical fiction fans, seekers of excitement, fans of Scottish history will undoubtedly be swept away in this fantastic debut novel by the adroit Louise Turner.


On the 11th June in 1488, two armies meet in battle at Sauchieburn, near Stirling. One fights for King James the Third of Scotland, the other is loyal to his eldest son, Prince James, Duke of Rothesay.

Soon, James the Third is dead, murdered as he flees the field. His army is routed. Among the dead is Sir Thomas Sempill of Ellestoun, Sheriff of Renfrew, whose son and heir, John, escapes with his life.

Once John’s career as knight and courtier seemed assured. But with the death of his king, his situation is fragile. He’s the only surviving son of the Sempill line and he’s unmarried. If he hopes to survive, John must try and win favour with the new king.

And deal with the ruthless and powerful Lord Montgomerie…


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Amazon UK (eBook)
Amazon UK (Paperback)
Amazon US (eBook)
Amazon US (Paperback)

About the Author

Born in Glasgow, Louise Turner spent her early years in the west of Scotland where she attended the University of Glasgow. After graduating with an MA in Archaeology, she went on to complete a PhD on the Bronze Age metalwork hoards of Essex and Kent. She has since enjoyed a varied career in archaeology and cultural resource management. Writing has always been a major aspect of her life and in 1988, she won the Glasgow Herald/Albacon New Writing in SF competition with her short story Busman’s Holiday. Louise lives with her husband in west Renfrewshire.

For more information please visit Louise Turner’s Website and Blog. You can also find her on Facebook.

Fire & Sword Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 6
Review at Rainy Day Reviews

Thursday, October 9
Spotlight at What Is That Book About

Monday, October 13
Character Interview at Boom Baby Reviews

Monday, November 10
Guest Post at Let Them Read Books

Thursday, November 13
Spotlight at The Lit Bitch
Spotlight at Historical Tapestry

Monday, November 17
Review & Interview at Dab of Darkness

Monday, November 24
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews

Tuesday, November 25
Review at Broken Teepee

Sunday, November 30
Review at Unshelfish


To win one of five Fire & Sword eBooks please complete the Rafflecopter giveaway form HERE. Giveaway is open to US residents only.

Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on November 30th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
Winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter on December 1st and notified via email.
Winner have 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.


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  1. I don’t tend to read Medieval historical fiction novels. But your description of this one makes me want to give it a try! Thanks for another great review!


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