Swords of the King

Swords of the King (Battle Scars III)

Normandy, March 1196

King Richard has their loyalty.
The French would have their lives. And John, the king’s brother, will never forget how they betrayed him.

The kidnapping of the king’s former sister-in-law sets off a chain of events that entangle the knights Henry de Grey and Stephan l’Aigle in politics and intrigue, treason . . . and murder.

What begins as escort duty for the knights becomes a chase through the Norman countryside on the trail of her son, the young duke Arthur. Assassins want him—and the knights—dead.

If assassins’ blades don’t kill them, King Richard’s war to recover his continental domains from France just might. Former enemies, like the king’s brother, are now allies. Can they be trusted?

Warriors. Heroes. Traitors. Spies . . . Lovers. 

Henry and Stephan will risk their honor and the trust of the king to protect Duke Arthur. They will fight treachery and brave bloody battles, see war in all its horror, and fight their fears of losing each other, all the while keeping their forbidden love secret.

With Swords of the King, Charlene Newcomb follows up her award-winning novel For King and Country (Battle Scars II) amidst the turbulent final years of the reign of Richard I of England, the Lionheart. This epic adventure furthers an original Robin Hood origins story and will captivate fans of historical fiction and anyone who likes a little romance—forbidden romance—with their history.

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Discovered Diamond – shortlisted for book of the month June 2018
Chaucer Award for pre-1750 Historical Fiction – 2018 shortlist
Chill with A Book Readers Award & Cover of the Month – October 2018  
indieBRAG Medallion Honoree


“Loyalty & love forge unbreakable bonds between Henry & Stephan & their service to the King, despite challenges from every corner & a heart-wrenching ending. SWORDS OF THE KING is well-researched, complex & enjoyable historical fiction!” —Historical Novel Society Reviews

“While the battles, sieges, and physical combat are important aspects to the tale, it is human emotion that fuels it. Page after page replete with unbridled passion, the consequent fear of loss or betrayal, and the cruel nightmares inhabiting Henry’s mind are what make this story, and indeed the whole series an excellent read.” –Paul Bennett, 5 stars from Historical Fiction Reviews

And more…
Sharon Bennett Connolly reviews on The Review 
Anna Belfrage’s Discovered Diamond review

Also available as part of a box set on Amazon.