Welcome to my weekly segment, Waiting on Wednesday, where I look at upcoming books that I am planning to order and review in the next few months and which I think I will really enjoy. I run this segment in conjunction with the Can’t-Wait Wednesday meme that is currently running at Wishful Endings. Stay tuned to see reviews of these books when I get a copy of them. In this week’s Waiting on Wednesday I check out an awesome upcoming historical fiction read with the excellent and intriguing Battle Song by Ian Ross.
Readers familiar with my blog will know that I have a big soft spot for the historical fiction genre, as I spent a good part of my early reviewing career primarily focused on books set in historical periods. I still dedicate a good part of my reading schedule to some amazing historical reads, and I am always on the look out for some great new novels from the genre, especially those that sound incredibly fun and entertaining. Therefore, when I came across a fantastic upcoming book that features an epic narrative full of knights, tournaments, betrayal, and war, I knew that it was something I would be very keen to read.
The book I am talking about is the amazing upcoming novel, Battle Song by Ian Ross, which is currently set for release in late March 2023. Ross is an author I have previously not read before, although he has a well-established historical fiction pedigree thanks to his Twilight of Empire Roman historical fiction series. His next book sees Ross focus on a whole new historical period, as Battle Song will be set in the 13th century and focuses on tournaments and war in Europe.
There is a fury in England that none shall suppress – and when it breaks forth it will shake the throne’
Storm clouds are gathering as Simon de Montfort and the barons of the realm challenge the power of Henry III. The barons demand reform; the crown demands obedience. England is on the brink of civil war.
Adam de Norton, a young squire devoted to the virtues of chivalry, longs only to be knighted, and to win back his father’s lands. Then a bloody hunting accident leaves him with a new master: the devilish Sir Robert de Dunstanville, who does not hesitate to use the blackest stratagems in pursuit of victory.
Following Robert overseas, Adam is introduced to the ruthless world of the tournament, where knights compete for glory and riches, and his new master’s methods prove brutally effective.
But as England plunges into violence, Robert and Adam must choose a side in a battle that will decide the fate of the kingdom. Will they fight for the king, for de Montfort – or for themselves?
Searingly vivid and richly evocative, Battle Song is tale of friendship and chivalry, rivalry and rebellion, and the medieval world in all its colour and darkness.
I absolutely love the sound of this book’s plot and it looks like Battle Song (which is a pretty cool book title BTW), is going to be a very interesting and enjoyable historical read. I love the idea of a young squire forced into the service of an ambitious knight who wins no matter the cost and I can imagine that all the tournament scenes and other complex interactions surrounding these two characters are going to be outstanding. I am also very intrigued by the fact that a lot of the story is going to be set around Simon de Montfort’s rebellion against the king, which is something I haven’t really seen in a historical fiction book before. All this has an immense amount of potential as a historical fiction read, and I have a feeling that I am going to have an amazing time with this book.
I must admit that I became extremely keen to read this book the moment I saw the above plot synopsis. Battle Song sounds like it is going to be an exceptional read and I cannot wait to find out just how impressive Ian Ross’s story is going to turn out. I am very excited to see all the war, tournaments, and intense character moments that Battle Song is likely to contain, and I am extremely confident that this will be one of the top historical fiction novels of 2023.
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This does sound intriguing! I don’t read a lot of historical fiction set in the 13th century but I will have to add this one to my wish list. I’m curious to know more about the character Adam de Norton. I hope you love it when you read it.
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