'A rollicking adventure [with] the inventive twists and turns of a satisfyingly bustling plot.' New York Times
'Fantastic... Gerard Fox could be Jack Reacher's ancestor, 700 years ago. Highly recommended!' Lee Child
First in a fast-paced historical adventure series from New York Times bestselling author Boyd Morrison and expert medievalist Beth Morrison.
Live by the sword. Die for the truth.
England, 1351. The Pestilence has ravaged the land. Villages lie abandoned but for crows and corpses. Highways are patrolled by marauders and murderers. In these dark and dangerous times, the wise keep to themselves.
But Gerard Fox cannot afford to be wise. The young knight has been robbed of his ancestral home, his family name tarnished. To regain his lands and reputation, he sets forth to petition the one man who can restore them.
Fate places Fox on the wrong road at the wrong time as he hurtles towards a chance encounter. It will entangle him with an enigmatic woman, a relic of incalculable value, and a dark family secret. It will lead him far from home and set him on a collision course with one of the most ambitious and dangerous men in Europe – a man on the cusp of seizing Christendom's highest office.
And now, Fox is the only one standing in his way...
'A novel full of both authenticity and thrills, and readers are sure to clamor for more from this writing duo.' Mark Greaney
'A hugely entertaining historical novel!' Eric Jager, author of The Last Duel
'The Lawless Land combines the rich historical tapestry of Umberto Eco and the relentless pace and adventure of Clive Cussler.' J.T. Ellison
'Boyd and Beth Morrison bring the Middle Ages to life in vivid detail with historical authenticity and a sense of fun... This thriller has it all!' Graham Brown
'[An] exceptional series launch.' Publishers Weekly
'A winning combination of author and expert medievalist... Thoroughly enjoyable.' Historical Novel Society
'A simply riveting action/adventure novel... The stuff of which blockbuster movies are made.' Midwest Book Review
I loved this book, despite a few plot contrivances that didn’t ring true. Action-packed and good at heart. Please write more!
A Rollicking Adventure
This book ticks off most of the boxes for a novel set during the Middle Ages: a corrupt clergyman attempting to harness the vast power of the church for his own nefarious ends, the chivalrous defense of a distressed damsel, the menace of evil highwaymen, a main character with a history of faithful service to the Crown in bloody warfare, the specter of a crusade to the Holy Land, and more.
The pace is fast, and the action is essentially non-stop. The historical setting is rendered pretty accurately, the characters are well-developed, and the story is compelling. The Lawless Land has a bit of romance, some complex family dynamics, an intriguing MacGuffin, and state-of-the-art weapons in the possession of an interesting character who knows how, and is not afraid, to use them.
I would recommend this book for anyone interested in medieval historical fiction, especially heroic tales with a bit a tongue-in-cheek nod to modern conceptions of action. This novel is the first in a series, and it will be interesting to see what Gerard Fox gets up to next.
Great New Series!!
This is the first I have read by this brother and sister team but it definitely will not be the last. I love history and so I was excited to read this book and I was not disappointed in any of it. I can’t wait to see what more adventures are going to happen with Sir Gerald and Lady Willa
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