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First in a fast-paced Templar Knight adventure series from New York Times-bestselling author Boyd Morrison and expert art historian Beth Morrison. Canterbury, 1351. Excommunicated knight Gerard Fox is a battle-hardened warrior whose ancestral home was unjustly taken from him. Now, he roams across the known world of Europe looking for work as a man-at-arms. Equipped with only First in a fast-paced Templar Knight adventure series from New York Times-bestselling author Boyd Morrison and expert art historian Beth Morrison. Canterbury, 1351. Excommunicated knight Gerard Fox is a battle-hardened warrior whose ancestral home was unjustly taken from him. Now, he roams across the known world of Europe looking for work as a man-at-arms. Equipped with only his Damascus-steel sword and war bow, Fox takes out tyrannical and dishonorable men in a land still blighted by the Black Death. In his ongoing crusade to deliver justice, Fox comes to the aid of Lady Isabel, who is fleeing from her brutal betrothed. But she hasn't told him the whole story. Isabel is guarding a priceless holy relic. One many men would kill for. Fox and Isabel soon find they are being chased across the continent and try to evade those who seek the relic. But as more assassins close in, Fox realizes they will stop at nothing to possess the sacred treasure that Isabel has sworn to protect...


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First in a fast-paced Templar Knight adventure series from New York Times-bestselling author Boyd Morrison and expert art historian Beth Morrison. Canterbury, 1351. Excommunicated knight Gerard Fox is a battle-hardened warrior whose ancestral home was unjustly taken from him. Now, he roams across the known world of Europe looking for work as a man-at-arms. Equipped with only First in a fast-paced Templar Knight adventure series from New York Times-bestselling author Boyd Morrison and expert art historian Beth Morrison. Canterbury, 1351. Excommunicated knight Gerard Fox is a battle-hardened warrior whose ancestral home was unjustly taken from him. Now, he roams across the known world of Europe looking for work as a man-at-arms. Equipped with only his Damascus-steel sword and war bow, Fox takes out tyrannical and dishonorable men in a land still blighted by the Black Death. In his ongoing crusade to deliver justice, Fox comes to the aid of Lady Isabel, who is fleeing from her brutal betrothed. But she hasn't told him the whole story. Isabel is guarding a priceless holy relic. One many men would kill for. Fox and Isabel soon find they are being chased across the continent and try to evade those who seek the relic. But as more assassins close in, Fox realizes they will stop at nothing to possess the sacred treasure that Isabel has sworn to protect...

30 review for The Lawless Land

  1. 5 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Thrilling medieval novel set just after the battle of Crecy years! A knight looking to right wrongs and avenge his mother, a lady guarding a sacred item handed down from the women of the family over generations, an avaricious Monsignor who would be Pope, a lord looking to become a King. All these machinations play out across England and France, from Canterbury to Mont-Saint-Michel, to Avignon and beyond. A tale of ideals, of friendship, and a condemnation against the might that corrupts, the unyie Thrilling medieval novel set just after the battle of Crecy years! A knight looking to right wrongs and avenge his mother, a lady guarding a sacred item handed down from the women of the family over generations, an avaricious Monsignor who would be Pope, a lord looking to become a King. All these machinations play out across England and France, from Canterbury to Mont-Saint-Michel, to Avignon and beyond. A tale of ideals, of friendship, and a condemnation against the might that corrupts, the unyielding power that kings and church can wield. Can a single knight and a desperate woman change the outcome? A gripping epic adventure written with finesse, upheld by an historian’s rigour. A Head of Zeus ARC via NetGalley

  2. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    This was a Net Galley freebie for a return review. I had hopes for this, but not to be. I did not finish. Made it to about 40%. Cookie cutter good guys versus bad guys. The only thing historical about it is it is set in 1351 England and France. Corrupt Earl. Corrupt Cardinal. During the papal split at Avignon, corruption in the church was rampant. Weak plot. Future happenings are telegraphed by the authors. Predictable. Too bad.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    I do love a good historical fiction novel, but "The Lawless Land" knocked my socks off. It has absolutely everything - and a lot of it feels very light-hearted, making this an incredibly engaging and fast read. I enjoyed the writing, the setting, the characters. The story though! I'm so glad this is the first of a series - and I hope it's a long series! My thanks to the authors, publisher, and NetGalley. This review was written voluntarily and is entirely my own, unbiased, opinion. I do love a good historical fiction novel, but "The Lawless Land" knocked my socks off. It has absolutely everything - and a lot of it feels very light-hearted, making this an incredibly engaging and fast read. I enjoyed the writing, the setting, the characters. The story though! I'm so glad this is the first of a series - and I hope it's a long series! My thanks to the authors, publisher, and NetGalley. This review was written voluntarily and is entirely my own, unbiased, opinion.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Belmont

    Medieval fiction? Count me in! The Lawless Land by Boyd & Beth Morrison is a thrilling historical fiction that was clearly well researched. This feels authentic and real, and that is one of the things I think is very important in historical fiction. Love the characters. The good guys are definitely good, with flaws and back stories that make them feel real. The bad guys are vile and convincing. I was very invested in the characters and what would happen to them. Thrilling and action packed, this k Medieval fiction? Count me in! The Lawless Land by Boyd & Beth Morrison is a thrilling historical fiction that was clearly well researched. This feels authentic and real, and that is one of the things I think is very important in historical fiction. Love the characters. The good guys are definitely good, with flaws and back stories that make them feel real. The bad guys are vile and convincing. I was very invested in the characters and what would happen to them. Thrilling and action packed, this kept me thoroughly entertained as I read. I love the fight scenes. It was so easy to see the scenes in my head, making me feel as though I was actually there. Overall, The Lawless Land was an excellent read. I enjoyed the adventure and the action. I loved the medieval time period and the authentic writing. Check it out! Thank you to the authors and publisher for the free review copy. All opinions are my own and unbiased.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    I have come to love historical fiction. This book takes place a few years after the Crecy Wars. It's set in the 14th century. There was so much to enjoy about 'The Lawless Land'. First and foremost, it was well written. With it being well written, it kept my attention. I felt as if I was right there in the 1350's. Second, the characters. They were well developed. Morrison's let the characters develop throughout the book. I saw them grow and become better or worse depending on the character. Thir I have come to love historical fiction. This book takes place a few years after the Crecy Wars. It's set in the 14th century. There was so much to enjoy about 'The Lawless Land'. First and foremost, it was well written. With it being well written, it kept my attention. I felt as if I was right there in the 1350's. Second, the characters. They were well developed. Morrison's let the characters develop throughout the book. I saw them grow and become better or worse depending on the character. Third, there was action galore. Something always happening, from a chase, fight or whatever. I never got bored. Finally, it's the first in a series and I can't wait to see what the Morrisons' have in store. If you enjoy historical fiction, don't miss this one. It published on May 12, 2022. Thanks to Netgalley, Head of Zeus, and the Morrisons'for the Kindle Version of the book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sherwood Smith

    A thoroughly enjoyable late-night read. It's been a while since I've attempted a new historical novel, as so many seem to have made the change into dark-and-gritty, with an extra helping of grime. This is more of a YA read, reminding me a bit of Rosemary Sutcliff, except that her blend of period and modern language was perhaps closer to the ideal. The good guys are good, the villains are utter rotters, and there are plenty of fights, which are the book's high point--here the authors really knew t A thoroughly enjoyable late-night read. It's been a while since I've attempted a new historical novel, as so many seem to have made the change into dark-and-gritty, with an extra helping of grime. This is more of a YA read, reminding me a bit of Rosemary Sutcliff, except that her blend of period and modern language was perhaps closer to the ideal. The good guys are good, the villains are utter rotters, and there are plenty of fights, which are the book's high point--here the authors really knew their stuff. I also appreciated that the authors made a praiseworthy effort to get into period headspace--not all our heroes were hip 21st century nihilists. The language is a little too modern for my tastes, but that's mostly due to unexamined expressions, like "looks that speak volumes" centuries before books were issued in volumes, and suchlike. That's a pretty small quibble. Overall a fun, adventuresome read, which was just what I was in the mood for during late night insomnia. Copy provided by NetGalley

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    Solid Middle Ages Tale Told With Modern Storytelling Structures. This is a tale where the Middle Ages comes alive in a manner very consistent with how it is portrayed in fictional tales of the era such as The Canterbury Tales (and yes, Canterbury itself features in this tale) and The Decameron. As a potential series starter, it really could go the direction of either of those historical books, though the setup for a Decameron type series is less clear here (but I could still see the ultimate dir Solid Middle Ages Tale Told With Modern Storytelling Structures. This is a tale where the Middle Ages comes alive in a manner very consistent with how it is portrayed in fictional tales of the era such as The Canterbury Tales (and yes, Canterbury itself features in this tale) and The Decameron. As a potential series starter, it really could go the direction of either of those historical books, though the setup for a Decameron type series is less clear here (but I could still see the ultimate direction being to do a modern version of each of the ten tales therein). There is not one thing inauthentic to the period that I was aware of, though it is possible an actual Middle Ages historian may claim that X didn't happen until some period later or some such. Still, with Beth Morrison herself being an actual Middle Ages historian... it becomes quite clear just how authentic the siblings tried to make this book. And yet even with the Middle Ages trappings re: customs and available weaponry, the actual story here, of a soldier intent on vengeance who suddenly becomes the protector of a woman and her secrets, could well be told in *any* time period and ultimately reads with a 21st century flair for storytelling even while telling a Middle Ages tale. Truly excellently done, and very much recommended.

  8. 5 out of 5

    David

    One of my favorite genres is medieval history and this book does it very well. The authors did their homework here. The locations are real world places and much of the action is compelling. I especially enjoyed the tournament portion of the book. The authors painted a very accurate picture of jousting and melees. It kept my interest throughout. I hope there will be more books in this series. I want more of Fox and Willa.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michael Nelson

    Entertaining pursuit tale that educates about the 14th century as you read it. I enjoyed the flawed characters and their ability to evolve and there are a few surprises along the way. Well worth the read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kara Strohmeyer

    WOW. I did not want this book to end, I loved every single second of it. These characters were amazing. Full review to come!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    The Lawless Land was a fast-paced historical adventure. Things moved quickly from the first page. I do feel like some of the “adventure” could have been left out and other situations could have been more fleshed out. After a while it started to feel like “well what else can happen?!” The story started to feel rushed and shallow. On the other hand, I liked that there was a solid villain and solid side characters. Overall it was a fun read. Thanks NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest revi The Lawless Land was a fast-paced historical adventure. Things moved quickly from the first page. I do feel like some of the “adventure” could have been left out and other situations could have been more fleshed out. After a while it started to feel like “well what else can happen?!” The story started to feel rushed and shallow. On the other hand, I liked that there was a solid villain and solid side characters. Overall it was a fun read. Thanks NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melisende

    The premise: a Knight Templar, a damsel in distress, a priceless relic, a pursuit, a villain, redemption. All of which make for an entertaining read. It is the late 14th century - France and England are in the midst of what is referred to as The Hundred Years War; the deathly spectre of plague walks the land; and no-one is safe from landless marauders returning from the war. Into this we find Gerard Fox on his own personal mission, when confronted by a runaway carriage, being hotly pursued - shou The premise: a Knight Templar, a damsel in distress, a priceless relic, a pursuit, a villain, redemption. All of which make for an entertaining read. It is the late 14th century - France and England are in the midst of what is referred to as The Hundred Years War; the deathly spectre of plague walks the land; and no-one is safe from landless marauders returning from the war. Into this we find Gerard Fox on his own personal mission, when confronted by a runaway carriage, being hotly pursued - should he interfere or not. Well, of course he does! From this point onward, Gerard's own mission takes a back seat as he puts all his energy into ensuring this luckless lady achieves her end by placing a priceless relic, kept safe through a long female custodial chain, in the hands of one of the links. Along the way, Gerard and the lady are pursued by a shady French Cardinal and his agent, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the relic, whilst the lady's erstwhile and rather dangerous, jilted fiance is also in hot pursuit with his own agenda. Gerard enlists the aid of old friends as the Templar and lady make their way from England over to France. There are captures and escapes aplenty, tournaments, disguises, deceptions and impersonations, which culminates in a trial by combat between hunter and hunted. The tension builds as we travel ever closer to our destination, and the narrative takes the reader along for a most exciting ride. A well researched story that captures and holds the imagination and attention of the reader. A series ...... one is left wondering.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ramona Harris

    Sir Gerald Fox was traveling down the road when he heard the on the rumble of pounding hooves running toward him. He was wary of marauders roaming highways preying on pilgrims and haggard families escaping from villages ravaged by the Pestilence as the ones. He had never encountered bandits, riding horses but he couldn't be sure of anything these days. He steered Zephyr his horse into the woods concealing himself behind a huge blackberry bush so that only his head picked out above the brambles. Sir Gerald Fox was traveling down the road when he heard the on the rumble of pounding hooves running toward him. He was wary of marauders roaming highways preying on pilgrims and haggard families escaping from villages ravaged by the Pestilence as the ones. He had never encountered bandits, riding horses but he couldn't be sure of anything these days. He steered Zephyr his horse into the woods concealing himself behind a huge blackberry bush so that only his head picked out above the brambles. He always spoke Latin to Zephyr of rare, mottled silver Arabian courser with a black mane and tail. Fox lowered the hood of his cape hoping he would blend in with the trees. What he saw was a woman the atop of the saddle of the lead horse where the coachman would normally set with the coach behind her. The coachman had fallen from his horse and were being dragged along the ground by his foot he was dead with a crossbow bolt jutting from his chest. Her pursuers the same men that killed the coachman that they were not bandits because bandits didn't use crossbow's they were men-at-arms. The woman saw his face. He debated helping the woman out and finally decided to do so him and Zephyr raced into the road and followed after the soldiers following the woman the two crossbowmen were his biggest concern their weapons were easy to use while riding though they were impossible to reload on horseback without a cranequin to crank the bowstring back. He killed all but one man who he severely injured that got away from him. She was wrestling with the soldier trying to take the reins from her in the carriage with no semblance of steerage appeared to the side of the road and it dropped into the creek bed. The coach tipped over and smashed into a tree the team of horses’ drug in a little further before stopping. The last living man called to Lady Isabelle saying he was not done with her. Pulling her towards him he pulled his dagger from his scabbard, Lady Isabelle turned over and with a stick from the creek bed crying get away from me and jabbed him in the face. He howled at what she had done and screamed you'll die for that and reared back ready to plunge than the dagger into her chest unaware that Fox had closed the distance and with one slice of his sword and cut his head off. She introduced herself as Lady Isabelle to work and he introduced himself as Gerald Fox. The Morrisons have written an excellent book which is a page turner. Keeping you trying to find out what will happened next. It leaves you wondering exactly how and when they will be free from the man tracking them. It's an excellent book that you need to read, and I highly recommend it...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Roger Davidson

    THE LAWLESS LAND By Boyd Morrison and Beth Morrison *** THE LAWLESS LAND, the opening story in a forthcoming series of novels set in 14th Century Europe, is a masterpiece of adventure and history. Set at the time just after the Plague, it reflects not only the life and travails of Sir Gerard Fox and his family and friends, but also the struggles engendered by the corruption and hypocrisy in both the Church and the nobility of the time. This is a book not to miss, as it combines the pacing of a mode THE LAWLESS LAND By Boyd Morrison and Beth Morrison *** THE LAWLESS LAND, the opening story in a forthcoming series of novels set in 14th Century Europe, is a masterpiece of adventure and history. Set at the time just after the Plague, it reflects not only the life and travails of Sir Gerard Fox and his family and friends, but also the struggles engendered by the corruption and hypocrisy in both the Church and the nobility of the time. This is a book not to miss, as it combines the pacing of a modern thriller with the much slower pacing of life in Medieval times — not an easy feat to accomplish, but one which the authors have most admirably achieved, both in the narrative and the dialogue. The challenges of writing such a book must have been considerable, given the differences in customs, traditions and social expectations between the 1350s and the present. The English and French languages were also very different in Sir Gerard’s time, and the dialogue had to be presented in modern English and French to be comprehensible to contemporary readers while also maintaining the kinds of social interactions typical of that era. But also in this respect, the authors met those challenges commendably! The first part of the book draws you into the life and history with the kind of pacing that reflects the time of the story, without missing the slightest beat. The rhythm of the story continues throughout the book with increases in tempo and intensity, making this book almost impossible to put down. Moreover, the flashbacks are handled so seamlessly that one does not feel they are interruptions at all, but rather reflections of the consciousness of the characters as they progress throughout the story. And the surprises in the narrative are multiple and very engaging. In conclusion, I highly recommend THE LAWLESS LAND to any reader with a bent for adventure and history! Roger Davidson

  15. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    The Lawless Land By Boyd Morrison and Beth Morrison This sister and brother team have written a novel which takes place in England and France during a period which is often called the dark ages. It is the time of the plague, when thousands of people died, sometimes decimating whole villages and towns. It is also a time when the Catholic Church reigned supreme, although many of the clergy were venal men. Cardinal Molyneux was such a man. Many years previously he had kidnapped the mother of Gerard F The Lawless Land By Boyd Morrison and Beth Morrison This sister and brother team have written a novel which takes place in England and France during a period which is often called the dark ages. It is the time of the plague, when thousands of people died, sometimes decimating whole villages and towns. It is also a time when the Catholic Church reigned supreme, although many of the clergy were venal men. Cardinal Molyneux was such a man. Many years previously he had kidnapped the mother of Gerard Fox, the hero of this tale, and impregnated her so that he could have a son. Emmeline died during childbirth, but she bore a son named Bastian, the Cardinal's bastard. The Cardinal, knowing that Gerard's father had no proof of his crime, gloated to him about what he had done. Gerard, a young inexperienced knight, lost control and tried to attack the Cardinal; whereupon the Cardinal excommunicated both Gerard and his father and confiscated their lands. Some time later, while trying to prove the Cardinal's crime, Gerard meets up with a lady fleeing from her fiancé, the Earl of Tonbridge's, armed men trying to capture her. He helps her escape and the two find that they have common enemies. So they begin an adventure to stymie the Cardinal's ambition to become pope and the Earl's ambition to become King of Jerusalem. Thus begins a tail of murder and mayhem, which includes much information about the social hierarchy of that time. The total helplessness of the "inferior" classes to defend themselves from their "betters" is very clear. It was truly a time of lawlessness, with those in power grabbing what they wanted with no one to get in their way. This is a very interesting novel. It has a complicated plot with lots of historical background. And the best part is it leaves the reader with the prospect of a sequel.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carlee

    I was lucky enough to receive an e-ARC on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved this story! From the very beginning, I was hooked! We follow Sir Gerard, a knight who had his lands taken from him wrongly and he is searching for a way to prove that. Along his way, he rescues a woman fleeing from guards. She was fleeing her betrothed who sought to take something that was rightfully hers. Her betrothed is the very man that Sir Gerard was going to see. Understanding he could I was lucky enough to receive an e-ARC on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved this story! From the very beginning, I was hooked! We follow Sir Gerard, a knight who had his lands taken from him wrongly and he is searching for a way to prove that. Along his way, he rescues a woman fleeing from guards. She was fleeing her betrothed who sought to take something that was rightfully hers. Her betrothed is the very man that Sir Gerard was going to see. Understanding he could no longer go to this man after killing some of his men, he agrees to take the woman to a city so that she can find safe passage to Paris. There is so many aspects to the plot that I would end up spoiling so many things by going into what I loved specifically. So, I'll just say that there's a manipulative and corrupt cardinal, family drama, a holy relic at risk, adventure, battles, and a little romance. It all makes for a very well-written plot and a solid storyline to follow. The main characters are endearing and relatable. I LOVE that we have a strong female lead so is intelligent and independent and not instantly falling for our hero. It's a slow-burn without much done about it until the very end. It does have a happy ending, but their story isn't over yet! I can't wait for a sequel!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Heather L

    Wow, this was a fantastic book, I really loved it and I would look forward to reading another by these authors who are siblings. There is so much that happens in this book it's hard to condense it into a review. Things get off to a bang from the first page, a knight is on his way to visit a Lord that he hopes will be able to help him with a family issue that has troubled him for some time. As he's riding he sees a carriage being pulled by several horses, one of whom has a woman riding it, after Wow, this was a fantastic book, I really loved it and I would look forward to reading another by these authors who are siblings. There is so much that happens in this book it's hard to condense it into a review. Things get off to a bang from the first page, a knight is on his way to visit a Lord that he hopes will be able to help him with a family issue that has troubled him for some time. As he's riding he sees a carriage being pulled by several horses, one of whom has a woman riding it, after it passes, a number of men follow clearly trying to stop the carriage. The Knight, Gerard, follows the carriage which eventually runs off the road and turns over. Gerard intervenes and saves the woman, Lady Isabel, and they decide to set off together to give a holy relic to her cousin to save from being sold. The action is non stop after that opening, the pages literally fly by, Gerard and Isabel are chased across England into France, at a time when France and England were at war and the Black Plague was just ending. They have several close calls with the bad guys, hook up with some friends of Gerard's and take part in a jousting tourney. I would highly recommend reading. Thank you to #Netgalley and #Head of Zeus for the ARC.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Naomi Bell

    The Lawless Land by Boyd Morrison & Beth Morrison is an epic full length saga that is absolutely fascinating, steeped in historically accurate historical detail and set in the Middle Ages. The premise of the tale is that a treasured manuscript, handed down through generations of women via a handmaiden, is coveted by a man who would use it to gain power for himself. Gerard Fox and Lady Willa know how important it is to keep such a holy object out of the hands of those who would do evil with it. F The Lawless Land by Boyd Morrison & Beth Morrison is an epic full length saga that is absolutely fascinating, steeped in historically accurate historical detail and set in the Middle Ages. The premise of the tale is that a treasured manuscript, handed down through generations of women via a handmaiden, is coveted by a man who would use it to gain power for himself. Gerard Fox and Lady Willa know how important it is to keep such a holy object out of the hands of those who would do evil with it. Fox, an English knight, helps Willa escape with the treasure. They flee in search of a safe guardian for the relic. Their travels take them through the English countryside, detailing their stop at Canterbury cathedral, picturesque France, including the city of Paris and the cathedral of Notre Dame, the tidal island of Mont-Saint-Michel, and the monastery La Sacra di San Michele in the northern Italy. The settings are richly detailed and awe inspiring. The characters are complex and profound. The Morrisons are masterful story tellers who weave together a fascinating tale of family dynamics, the Plague, religious tyranny, justice and love. It is an exceptionally well written, engaging tale of medieval proportions.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I am a fan of this particular genre, histsorical/medieval fiction. I was not sure what to expect but the summary had drawn me in, and was I ever glad that I read it! At the time of The Pestilence in England, the country was in chaos. The characters highlighting this story are the chivalrous Knight Sir Gerrard Fox, and the Lady in distress holding a secret close to her heart, Lady Isabel.. Little did Sir Gerrard know that by stepping in to save Lady Isabel, he would be traveling across the contin I am a fan of this particular genre, histsorical/medieval fiction. I was not sure what to expect but the summary had drawn me in, and was I ever glad that I read it! At the time of The Pestilence in England, the country was in chaos. The characters highlighting this story are the chivalrous Knight Sir Gerrard Fox, and the Lady in distress holding a secret close to her heart, Lady Isabel.. Little did Sir Gerrard know that by stepping in to save Lady Isabel, he would be traveling across the continent to help her keep safe her family's religious artifact, but that it would also bring him into contact with the men who have ruined his life by taking all that he held dear. The other characters in the story bring danger, loyalty, and religious corruption to their eventful journey. We find out the back-story of both Sir Gerrard, Lady Isabel, and her servant Willa through chapters designated to bring the character history into the storyline. Well worth the read, and hoping there may be a sequel to this book! While the rating shows a 4-star...in my mind a 4.5 star. Thank you to NetGalley and Head of Zeus Ltd. for the opportunity to read and review this advance reader copy. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. #TheLawlessLand #NetGalley.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    3.5 rounded up. The authors have a background in Medieval history which added authenticity to the setting. They wove fact with fiction effectively. Overall, I enjoyed this story, though I found the tone to be more YA than adult fiction. The story lacks the complexity that I expect in adult medieval fiction. The authors state that they tried to represent Medieval swearing and other language in the text. This may explain the lack of present day curse words. The story also included no sex scenes, an 3.5 rounded up. The authors have a background in Medieval history which added authenticity to the setting. They wove fact with fiction effectively. Overall, I enjoyed this story, though I found the tone to be more YA than adult fiction. The story lacks the complexity that I expect in adult medieval fiction. The authors state that they tried to represent Medieval swearing and other language in the text. This may explain the lack of present day curse words. The story also included no sex scenes, and the violence seemed superficial for the most part. The characters were clearly good or bad with very little dimension. I did not feel invested in any of them. The good guys (and girls) all blended together as did the bad characters. This book is a mental twinkie for Medieval fiction fans. It's a fun, swashbuckling read. However, I personally like a little more grit in my historical fiction. It was an enjoyable story that took place in a well developed atmosphere. It just seemed far more tame than the Medieval fiction I am used to reading. This is the first in a series, but I doubt I will read the next installment. The characters do not compel me to invest more time. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    The Lawless Land by Boyd Morrison and Beth Morrison is a great historical fiction novel that is the first in what is sure to be an exciting and successful new series: Sword and Honour. Quite good! This book is a very addictive and engaging read that has it all: history, action, suspense, mystery, intrigue, and romance. We have heroes, villains, secrets, and it continually kept me coming back for more. England during the mid14th century was quite the happening time and place. Swashbuckling, battle The Lawless Land by Boyd Morrison and Beth Morrison is a great historical fiction novel that is the first in what is sure to be an exciting and successful new series: Sword and Honour. Quite good! This book is a very addictive and engaging read that has it all: history, action, suspense, mystery, intrigue, and romance. We have heroes, villains, secrets, and it continually kept me coming back for more. England during the mid14th century was quite the happening time and place. Swashbuckling, battles, and changing fortunes and tides are all abound…I dare anyone not to find it interesting. Gerard and Willa are great characters and I loved following along on their quests and adventures…the ending was awesome, and I am looking forward to the next move. 4.5/5 stars Thank you NG and Head of Zeus -- an Aries Book for this wonderful arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication on 5/12/22.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shirley

    Review - "The Lawless Land" (Tales of the Lawless Land Book 1) By Boyd Morrison and Beth Morrison Marvelously told! An entertaining adventure with excellent historical fiction set in the 14th century. A tale of a dishonored Knight Sir Gerard Fox who is trying to reclaim his lands and reputation taken by corrupt forces of church and government. Chivalrous Sir Gerard Fox helps a noblewoman, Lady Isabel, escape with a holy relic as they are chased through England, France and into Italy. Their frien Review - "The Lawless Land" (Tales of the Lawless Land Book 1) By Boyd Morrison and Beth Morrison Marvelously told! An entertaining adventure with excellent historical fiction set in the 14th century. A tale of a dishonored Knight Sir Gerard Fox who is trying to reclaim his lands and reputation taken by corrupt forces of church and government. Chivalrous Sir Gerard Fox helps a noblewoman, Lady Isabel, escape with a holy relic as they are chased through England, France and into Italy. Their friendship blooms as they encounter dangerous oppositions along the way, including the Black Plague! Brother and sister authors blend their talents and knowledge of the Middle Ages time period to enhance the tale with wonderful descriptions of Canterbury, Mont Saint-Michel and Sacra di San Michele. This reader will anxiously await more stories in the series to come! Thoroughly entertaining and recommended! I received a free advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. This is my honest review. Shirley Weidner 5-16-22

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cynde

    Historical fiction/thriller at it's finest, co-written by brother and sister, Boyd and Beth Morrison. Boyd has written action thrillers in his own series and coauthored several books with the late Clive Cussler. Beth Morrison is a scholar in medieval art and art history and Senior Curator of Manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Both are brilliant researchers and know how to make history come alive. In this first book in the series we meet Gerald Fox, an excommunicated Knight, who fought for Historical fiction/thriller at it's finest, co-written by brother and sister, Boyd and Beth Morrison. Boyd has written action thrillers in his own series and coauthored several books with the late Clive Cussler. Beth Morrison is a scholar in medieval art and art history and Senior Curator of Manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Both are brilliant researchers and know how to make history come alive. In this first book in the series we meet Gerald Fox, an excommunicated Knight, who fought for the British in the Battle of Crecy and an intrepid Lady Isabel who is fleeing from a cruel fiance who is marrying her to get the manuscript her family has been guarding. A bishop in the Catholic church has promise a kingdom to the fiance in exchange for the manuscript which he needs to insure his selection as the next Pope. Danger, intrigue, thievery, corrupt officials, and adventure abound as the story unfolds This is an excellent reading experience , sure to be enjoyed by fans of historical fiction and adventure readers alike!.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Wytzia Raspe

    This book is a project by two siblings: one a writer one a scholar of the Middle Ages. I found that out from the post script but make an introduction out of that because the medieval elements and the way things are explained from the viewpoint of the characters makes the book a very interesting read and then you know you are reading facts not made up nonsense. But hey I am a history lover. The story itself is more or less two heroes fleeing all the way across a Europe that just survived the Black This book is a project by two siblings: one a writer one a scholar of the Middle Ages. I found that out from the post script but make an introduction out of that because the medieval elements and the way things are explained from the viewpoint of the characters makes the book a very interesting read and then you know you are reading facts not made up nonsense. But hey I am a history lover. The story itself is more or less two heroes fleeing all the way across a Europe that just survived the Black Death but is still in the middle of The Hundredth Years War.. While I got a bit fed up with the mad cardinal and characters are not really opening up their emotions so stay quite flat it is the historical background and the well researched locations that are really coming to life in front of your eyes giving you a time travel experience.. The "history book" part made me award it with 5 stars.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    This book is set in the Middle Ages, which is not usually my cup of tea, but for some reason it just appealed to my mood that day and I thought I would try it. I am so glad I did! Honestly, the title and the cover just grabbed me. They say don't judge a book by it's cover, but in this case you can. It has action and adventure, it has mystery, it has good vs evil and it throws in a little romance. There is a highwayman, a damsel in distress, who ends up being a strong independent woman - especial This book is set in the Middle Ages, which is not usually my cup of tea, but for some reason it just appealed to my mood that day and I thought I would try it. I am so glad I did! Honestly, the title and the cover just grabbed me. They say don't judge a book by it's cover, but in this case you can. It has action and adventure, it has mystery, it has good vs evil and it throws in a little romance. There is a highwayman, a damsel in distress, who ends up being a strong independent woman - especially for those times. There is a corrupt clergyman who you love to hate. This book offers some really interesting history of the times, without boring you to death. There is non-stop action and some really interesting characters. Funnily enough, as I write about this book I am realizing how much I really did love it. This will be my first 5 star review in ages! Thank you to the authors, the publisher and #netgalley for the ARC which did not impact my review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mark Easter

    The Lawless land is a worthy addition to my Pendragon Cycle and Bernard Cornwell collections. Set in the thirteenth century, a chance encounter between a knight errant and, of course, a damsel in distress begins a saga taking us through the aftermath of The Pestilence and across England, France, and Italy as righteous protagonists do battle against corrupt nobles and churchmen. I rarely get surprised much by a plot, so when it happens, it is a rare and precious moment, and these moments abound i The Lawless land is a worthy addition to my Pendragon Cycle and Bernard Cornwell collections. Set in the thirteenth century, a chance encounter between a knight errant and, of course, a damsel in distress begins a saga taking us through the aftermath of The Pestilence and across England, France, and Italy as righteous protagonists do battle against corrupt nobles and churchmen. I rarely get surprised much by a plot, so when it happens, it is a rare and precious moment, and these moments abound in The Lawless Land. Pestilence was an interesting plot line having just gone through COVID in our time which makes the period seem more relevant than it might have pre-COVID. Finally, the blooming of Gerard and Isabel's relationship was a great and well-done plot line and makes one eager to see how they fare in the promised continuation of this first book of a new series. The Lawless Land is a good and fun read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dani

    This book was given to me by netgalley. My review is 100% honest and all my own opinion. This book was a great historical fiction novel with detailed and interactive story weaving that kept me turning the pages. And it had it all: action, History, mystery, suspense, romance, anticipation, and making you question what will happen next With this book being weaved during the 14th century england you have the war of France to put some danger as well as danger from highwaymen, battles, swashbuckling This book was given to me by netgalley. My review is 100% honest and all my own opinion. This book was a great historical fiction novel with detailed and interactive story weaving that kept me turning the pages. And it had it all: action, History, mystery, suspense, romance, anticipation, and making you question what will happen next With this book being weaved during the 14th century england you have the war of France to put some danger as well as danger from highwaymen, battles, swashbuckling as well as protecting secrets and fortune that could change history and religion if put in the wrong hands. I loved how the author has spun the story and the world was described in detail. You have heros villains , secrets and longing. I loved this and will be looking forward to the adventures our fox has.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Leann Arave

    I had no expectations going into this read. I had not read the storyline, nor have I read the authors works. I was impressed, with the immediate pull, I felt to the story. The plot held me captive throughout, the characters were well defined and I thought the writing was good. I am not a historian, writer, or editor, just an average reader that likes to be entertained by a good story. The Lawless Land was interesting, intriguing and riveting. Adventure, peril, medieval fighting, were a major par I had no expectations going into this read. I had not read the storyline, nor have I read the authors works. I was impressed, with the immediate pull, I felt to the story. The plot held me captive throughout, the characters were well defined and I thought the writing was good. I am not a historian, writer, or editor, just an average reader that likes to be entertained by a good story. The Lawless Land was interesting, intriguing and riveting. Adventure, peril, medieval fighting, were a major part of the story. I was impressed that the authors maintained moderate decorum while describing the battle scenes. The romance is clean and chaste. The historical and Christian aspects were well executed. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    I found this to be a delightful historical adventure/medieval road trip novel, complete with all the expected medieval elements as well as a lot of juicy, lesser-known facts. The action starts on page 1 and rarely lets up through to its conclusion. The medieval elements of the book are based on co-author and expert medievalist Beth Morrison’s decades of research. She and her co-author brother pepper this epic adventure with fascinating details that never feel overstuffed into the narrative. Prim I found this to be a delightful historical adventure/medieval road trip novel, complete with all the expected medieval elements as well as a lot of juicy, lesser-known facts. The action starts on page 1 and rarely lets up through to its conclusion. The medieval elements of the book are based on co-author and expert medievalist Beth Morrison’s decades of research. She and her co-author brother pepper this epic adventure with fascinating details that never feel overstuffed into the narrative. Primary characters Sir Gerard Fox and Lady Isabel are well rounded characters, as are the secondary characters who support them. The villains are fairly one-dimensionally nefarious, but they provide considerable challenges for the valiant Fox and the formidable Isabel to overcome. The settings throughout Europe were extra-vivid, and I am already imagining where further adventures in this series will lead (Hello, Carcassonne, France, and a bit of Templar history?) In any case, I highly recommend the audio version of this novel, read by Mark Elstob, who deserves 5+ stars for his performance. [Thanks to Head of Zeus and NetGalley for an opportunity to read an advanced reader copy of this book.]

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    What a great book! I enjoyed this book from page one to the end. The many twist and turns, the wonderful characters, perfect passed book and just the right length. I love the writing and character building, you can start to understand the characters and their motivation. As they travel through the book and the locations, you can really picture the castles, churches, homes, cities and country side. I enjoyed the way the story unfold and the flashback chapters. I am really hoping this becomes a se What a great book! I enjoyed this book from page one to the end. The many twist and turns, the wonderful characters, perfect passed book and just the right length. I love the writing and character building, you can start to understand the characters and their motivation. As they travel through the book and the locations, you can really picture the castles, churches, homes, cities and country side. I enjoyed the way the story unfold and the flashback chapters. I am really hoping this becomes a series, but this is still a wonderful stand along book that has a great start, strong story and perfect ending.

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