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Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite
Whoa! That's exactly the thought that crossed my mind when I finished the last page of Book Two in the Battle Scars series, For King and Country, by author Charlene Newcomb. This absolutely epic read is a fantastic piece of historical fiction and will keep readers engrossed from the very first words all the way through to the very end. Taking place in England in 1193, the story follows protagonist Henry de Grey, a knight who has just returned from the Crusades, and flies headlong into a battle that could very well change the course of history. But Henry also has a secret, and one he must keep hidden well. His relationship with Sir Stephan l’Aigle is absolutely prohibited, but their feelings for one another are real and strong. Will they continue to live with their secret, or die trying? You'll need to read this amazing book to find out!
I loved For King and Country. Loved. It. Author Charlene Newcomb has done a simply fantastic job in creating characters that her readers will connect with, relate to, and care about, as well as continue to think of long after the final page has been read. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I'm not sure what is. Her research is evident in this tale, and her descriptive work is so detailed that readers will feel as if they can simply slip through the pages to the battlefields of 1193 England. The relationship aspect of the story is unique in a work of historical fiction, and the difficulties that Henry and Stephan encounter are truly heart wrenching. I highly recommend For King and Country, and very much look forward to reading more from the incredibly promising author, Charlene Newcomb, as soon as I possibly can!