Bernard Cornwell crafts an extraordinary story in The Archer's Tale, a grand and glorious epic concerning duty, love, and valor and set during the Hundred Years War. As dawn breaks on Easter, 1343, a band of French marauders ambushes the English village of Hookton. Only a youngster named Thomas survives, and the horrible tragedy is forever etched upon his memory. In particular, he recalls a black-clad knight, bearing a distinct flag, who is exceedingly brutal. Grown to become a master archer, Thomas lives for revenge. He must track down the knight and recover a holy relic stolen during the raid. He joins the invading forces of King Edward III and serves well, yet his eyes are constantly scanning the horizon, searching for the flag he can never forget.
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"Reminiscent of, but by no means as rich as, Charles Reade's THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH, this sweeping novel takes place during the medieval One Hundred Years Wars. After making a promise of vengeance to his dying father, the title bowman fights the French, rapes, pillages, rescues damsels, makes a powerful enemy, suffers pangs of conscience, discovers his true identity, and falls in love. The usual stuff. In narrative sections, reader Colin McPhillamy is merely serviceable. In dialogue sections he excels indeed--imbuing the characters with more personality than has the author. Y.R. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"
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