In a story where status means power and survival depends on how the game is played, two people, one a squire wronged in life and one a noblewoman, are drawn together by lust and a lost inheritance in twelfth century England. Guy of Gisborne is a man with secrets, Ysabel of Moncrieff, a naïve and opinionated noblewoman whose world comes tumbling down on the death of her mother.
Gisborne is ordered to Aquitaine to escort the young woman home to attend to her grieving father and whilst travelling, she discovers Gisborne’s secrets are not just connected with his family but with the throne of England.
And with revenge.
Suddenly this overprotected woman is confronted with the fact that history can be shaped unconscionably by those in power and that she and Gisborne could lose their lives.
Highly commended in 2012 Golden Claddagh Awards and with a five star rating with Reader’s Favorites, Gisborne: Book of Pawns is followed by its sequel Gisborne: Book of Knights and Gisborne: Book of Kings. Pawns was won a Highy Commended award in the 2014 Readers' Favorite USA Book Awards.
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We are proud to announce that GISBORNE: BOOK OF PAWNS by Prue Batten is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Lyrical and graceful. As I read this beautifully-written book, I kept wishing that it was available in audio form, because the language is so musical that I would love to hear it read aloud. The story is emotionally complex and nuanced. Descriptions of nature and of human feelings alike are delicately, yet powerfully, written. Presented with exactly the right evocative details, the reader is drawn into a setting that feels both immediate and alive. When danger threatens, the reader feels it viscerally. When more pleasant sensations are offered, the author's deft handling of both the sensual and the sensuous again draws the reader in. The mysterious Guy of Gisborne fascinates. Seen through Ysabel's eyes, he effortlessly holds center stage in any scene where he is present, and in some where he isn't. I alternated between reading this book quickly to find out what happens next, and reading slowly, for the pure pleasure of it. I very much look forward to following Guy's and Ysabel's adventures in the next book.
Reviewed by Joy H. for Readers Favorite As “Book of Pawns” begins, Sir Guy of Gisborne is accompanying Lady Ysabel back to her home in Moncrieff after her mother’s death. This would be a long and adventurous journey throwing Gisborne and Ysabel closely together, forcing a difficult, unwanted relationship between the two of them. Gisborne was a complex, difficult man, not always to be trusted but that didn’t stop the strong physical attraction of passion and lust between the two of them. Wow, this book captured me in the beginning and I was engulfed in its pages until the very end. A true thrilling page turner with characters that will surely keep you on your toes. I enjoyed the visit to the Twelfth century England and the wonderful details and vivid descriptions of the area as well as the life and times of that era. The more I read, the more I really liked Ysabel. Upon returning home, she had to face the reality of her mother’s death and the ruins of her father, which she had only just learned about. And as if that is not enough, Yeabel’s personal life was anything but happy, a devastating marriage to a horrible man, all of the difficult and heart-wrenching things she had to endure, not at all what she hoped life would be for her. Prue Batten’s “Gisborne: Book of Pawns” is for sure Guy of Gisborne without Robin Hood, without the Sheriff of Nottingham and without Maid Marian. A twisted and enticing tale that you will not want to end, this story will stay with you for a while after you read the last page. I encourage you to pick up a copy of this enticing book to read and enjoy for yourself. This is a book you will be happy you read!