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The Rogue Knight [Kindle Edition]

Vaughn Heppner
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In 1263, the barons of England war against the king. Their knights and mercenary crossbowmen burn and pillage those loyal to the throne. It is worse in the Western Marches. There, bands of raiding Welsh, robber knights and archers roam the countryside, plundering and killing at will.

It is a ruthless era, where men of iron enforce harsh laws. At Pellinore Castle, Cord the keeper of the hounds is about to lose his hand. He wounded one of his lord’s choicest animals, a wild boar that almost trampled a little girl.

Cord is a felon’s son, living in the stronghold of the men who hanged his knightly father. Now he has been abused, mocked and threatened once too often. He turns on his tormenters, taking up the birthright his father’s enemies sought to deny him. It will be a bloody fight to the finish amid the chaos of the Western Marches.

THE ROGUE KNIGHT is set during the Second Barons’ War, written by best-selling author Vaughn Heppner.


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  • File Size: 1080 KB
  • Print Length: 462 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0063LDHVO
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,635 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Knight and the Boar November 13, 2011
By azog
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To be perfectly honest, as soon as I saw a new Heppner book, I barely read the synopsis and just downloaded it. While the Doom Star series appears to be his coup de maitre, his other works are equally compelling, and I've yet to be disappointed.

This book is set in a time period that is probably the pinnacle of the English feudal system, and when Chivalry is becoming highly codified. The author takes a lot of historical incidents and presents them in a way that is eminently readable. Much could be said about the period setting, so I'll be brief, but one example is a discussion of how the legends of King Arthur transformed from heroic Briton legends into French Romance.

Cord is what I would consider to be a "typical Heppner hero", and that's not a snub. If you're familiar with Happner's heroes, they're often larger than life, but developed in quite a realistic manner. Cord knows who he is, and who he was, and that causes conflict and confusion as he tries to adhere to his ideology that is in direct opposition to the class society of the time. For me, however, my favorite character is actually Hob. A secondary character with a surprising background.

A few points of editing and some anachronisms do not detract from the story. It did end rather abruptly and with decisiveness. But I do wish we could have followed the story a bit more, beyond the main conflict resolution.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining Heppner read March 27, 2012
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Heppner again delivers an enjoyable story. The plot is certainly not exceptional and his main character (Cord) is a strange "hero". Cord is often very brave, strong, and likes to "party"....but often seems "dumb as a stump"! Still, the story flows and the characters seem somewhat true to their condition in life and the times (13th century England).

What I find Heppner does best is to describe the era and society as he thinks it was in the time period about which he is writing. He tells many stories within the main story that are VERY enjoyable and make the reading of the whole book a worthwhile enterprise.

Heppner is fun to read. I have not yet read his Sci Fi stories but will do so.

HE WILL NEVER BORE YOU!!!!!

I read this book on Kindle...if you do so, expect the usual grammar and spelling errors but don't let it get in your way to enjoyment!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun, enjoyable read, and well worth the price June 24, 2012
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I'm a huge historical fiction fan (Bernard Cornwell, Wilbur Smith, etc.) and am always looking for an interesting new author. I'm also a very, very active reader.

The first I'd heard of Heppner is when I downloaded this book onto my Kindle.

Color me impressed.

Heppner is arguably not Cornwell. His writing is good, but I found some weak points. Nevertheless, it's a great, fun read with plenty of villianary and all that fun to make it interesting and entertaining. Given the price, it's a bargain.

I enjoyed this book and am now reading other books of his.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read, not too much body April 5, 2012
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Well written, but not much body to the book. The story is predictable,and short on plot. The author could have ended it much better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light treatment of a heavy subject. February 18, 2013
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I have read a couple of other historical books by this author and have been reasonably satisfied with all of them. Heppner does give value for money, especially in his suspenseful, action packed delivery combined with a good presentation of medieval life, both military and domestic. His settings are arguably the best features in his books.
Heppner's characters are a mixed bunch; heroes are super-heroes and villains extremely dastardly, almost all of them completely over-the-top. One get distinctly uncomfortable when realising the brutal day-to-day lives that were suffered by the underdogs in those times. The nobles had complete freedom to exercise corporal punishment to their serfs, and were not afraid to apply it.
There is a fairy tale quality though to this story, not least in a hasty and imminently predictable "and they lived happily ever after" ending.
Worth a read though. Likely to do the sequel, if released.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dog boy discovers he has the power to unseat tyrants January 19, 2014
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Author Vaughn Heppner takes a departure of sorts to tackle the story of Cord, a young man of dubious background who labors in relative obscurity in a somewhat backwoods castle. It's a coming of age novel Medieval-style. The crazy-wild Welsh are right on the border in less civilized portions of jolly old England, and the fortunes of Pelinore Castle under a somewhat brutish baron are about to change. Cord, the chief dog boy, wants to become the castle's forester and marry the pretty miller's daughter. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned. Cord has no idea the baron's most trusted knight hates him with deep-seated passion and will go to serious lengths to make his life hell. Through the tale, Heppner mixes in quite a bit of history and day-to-day details that enable the reader to understand the primitive conditions people of the era lived. He describes the smells (few bathed), the closeness of living in the drafty damp castle, the food and the economic structure. He analyzes the politics of the time by describing feudal structure and the hierarchy of system. Truly Cord doesn't stand a chance. His life goes downhill almost immediately. But rather than flee, as he is advised repeatedly, he sticks it out and fights the system for what's right. The book has the classic Heppner elements: strong hero and the battle for personal freedom. I'm more accustomed to his books on space warfare, but this one kept me reading nonstop.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good writer but must have been one of his first attempts.
Published 3 months ago by Thomas A Fagley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good, way too much historical detail. Took away from the story.
Published 8 months ago by Alex
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad, but not this author's best work
Vaughn Heppner is out of his comfort zone writing this historical novel. Its not bad, but nowhere near as good as his sci-fi work.
Published 11 months ago by Johannes
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
got "hooked on Vaughn Heppner" the first book of his i read!...,now i'm reading ALL of them!never was much into the sword/sorcery and sci-fi books. Read more
Published on February 3, 2013 by MR.K.
1.0 out of 5 stars Are you kidding me?
Vaughn Heppner cranks out about one book a month. He needs to take a little more time. I felt like this book was written by a kid in high school - wasn't able to finish it.
Published on January 4, 2013 by M. Brill
3.0 out of 5 stars To much wandering of main players
The story kind of dragged, and skipped back and forth. Kept losing track of the players. Had a hard time concentrating on the book.
Published on November 28, 2012 by Paul
4.0 out of 5 stars Great novel.
Solid, medieval, quick read. The plot is interesting yet not complicated. The reader will painlessly pick up some basic info about the Middle Ages. Read more
Published on November 24, 2012 by Bookrazy
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
This book lacks everything but long dissertations on old folklore. Shallow characters, unbelievable, stupid, action scenes. Read more
Published on November 16, 2012 by Lothar
1.0 out of 5 stars Too many errors
Riddled with typos, grammatical and spelling errors, plus historical inaccuracies. I can't believe I read it to the end but I hoped it would improve. Come on, Mr. Heppner!! Read more
Published on November 5, 2012 by Alan
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book
This was a good book. Interesting story, interesting plot. well written. However, I found that I did not like the characters so much. Read more
Published on October 24, 2012 by Steveabe
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You can visit Vaughn at www.vaughnheppner.com

I was born in Canada and remember as a small boy crawling in my snow-fort. I closed my eyes, and when I tried to open them, they were frozen shut. I didn't panic, but wiped away the ice crystals, unglued my eyes and kept on building my tunnel. Those were great days! I moved to Central California before seventh grade and couldn't believe I lived in a land where oranges grew on trees and you could pick grapes from the vine.

I used to wonder what I wanted to do with my life, what kind of work specifically. I was miserable not knowing and bordering on desperate. Then one day a friend gave me his typewriter. I began working on a novel. A different person told me it was much easier on a computer, so I bought one and began getting up at 4:30 A.M. each morning before work, writing for three hours. My eyes were unglued once again as the pang of misery left my gut. I knew exactly what I wanted to do: write. So now that's what I do, I write, and write, and write, and I love it.


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