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Warlord. by Angus Donald (Outlaw Chronicles) Hardcover – July 1, 2012

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Angus Donald was born in 1965 and educated at Marlborough College and Edinburgh University. He has worked as a fruit-picker in Greece, a waiter in New York and as an anthropologist studying magic and witchcraft in Indonesia. For twenty years, he was a journalist in Hong Kong, India, Afghanistan and London. He is married to Mary, with whom he has two children, and he now writes full time from home in Tonbridge, Kent.

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  • Series: Outlaw Chronicles (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847445071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847445070
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,972,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JPS TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is volume 4 of the Outlaw series (after Outlaw, Holly Warrior and King's Man). It is focused on the five last years of the reign of Richard Lion Heart (from 1194 to 1199), after his release from captivity, and his constant struggle against Phillip II, the King of France. Again, we find Robin Earl of Locksley, and his men (including Little John and his fearsome battle axe) and Alan Dalle, the warrior trouvère whom Angus Donald has equated with Blondel. As another reviewer mentioned, it might be preferable to read the books one after the other, although this is not absolutely necessary to enjoy this one.

The first thing I particularly liked about this volume was the topic. As Angus Donald mentions in his historical note, there are many books on King Richard but few that concentrate on his last years. This one does, and, as usual, the author manages to tell a superb, exciting and very historically accurate story. Although on paper King Richard I was much more powerful than his liege lord King Philip, the latter was a cunning diplomat who kept detaching Richard's vassals from him and encouraging them to rebel against the King of England throughout Aquitaine, Touraine, Anjou and Normandy, just like his father (King Louis VII) and grand-father (King Louis VI) had done in their time against previous Kings of England and Dukes of Normand. The author, who acknowledges drawing heavily from John Guillingham's magisterial Richard I, clearly shows how Richard put up a spirited defense and struggled for 5 years to reconquer, one by one, almost all of the castles and fortresses that had been lost during his captivity (the exception being the fortress of Gisors). It also shows him as the charismatic, energetic and skillful warlord that he was.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. D. Shafer on July 23, 2012
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I'll leave the detail to the first two reviewers. They've got the book covered quite well. Angus Donald has written a terrific story of a young man maturing and coming to grips with the real world of religion, family, friendship, honor and loyalty. Being historically based is a bonus. This novel is enjoyable from start to finish, just as the first three of the series. More importantly, none of the books are disposable. They can be enjoyed again and again, just as I did before Warlord was released. I expect to do the same next year before book five is available.... (which won't be soon enough!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett VINE VOICE on July 23, 2012
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This is the fourth in the excellent "Outlaw" series, the story of Robin Hood and Richard the Lionheart through the eyes of Alan Dale. The focus in this one is mainly King Richard's campaign in France against King Philip and the author blends the historical fact of Richard's campaign with the fiction of Robin Hood and his men supporting the campaign. Oh, and for additional fun the Holy Grail is chucked in.

Angus Donald sets up Alan Dale as the nice guy conflicted by his affection and support for Robin and Richard and the dark places that takes him. Robin is a key but peripheral character (as is Richard) in this story, where we see Alan following up the mystery of his father's death and his father's youth. Alan himself is keen, slightly naïve and quite young, but this is a good contrast to those with hidden agendas and a darker side. And this must include Robin Hood, again brilliantly portrayed as multi-layered and with a distinct dark side.

King Richard's campaign in 1194 (ish) was very much that of mediaeval tradition, that of siege and destruction, ransom and an odd blend of nobility and savagery. The author does an excellent job of blending a bit of history with the fictional activities of his characters. As with the previous books this is well written, well researched and very well delivered. I think the whole series has been a brilliant take on the `Robin Hood' era, and making Hood a peripheral and dark character was a stroke of genius.
Historical fun and action at it's best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shad Schroeder on February 14, 2014
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This series continues to be a great interpretation of the Robin Hood saga. Keep writing them and I'll keep buying them.
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As this is the fourth book in this most excellent tale of Robin Hood, I sort of knew what to expect and was not disappointed. This chapter revolves around King Richard's attempt to drive King Phillip of France out of Normandy but there are plenty of other side stories and subplots as well. Alan Dale is once again the narrator and in this tale is also one of the main characters as he struggles to find the real reason his father was killed and who the responsible party was. Along with that he is also dealing with a curse levied at him and his bride to be.

The author has produced a magnificent tangle of twists and turns while also continuing his deepening of Alan's character. Alan suffers much agony and pain, physically, emotionally and spiritually during the many and varied adventures he takes part in during the course of this tale not the least of which is his concern about his own guilt in the deaths of so many he encounters in his quest for the truth. This is where the author shines in my view as he brings that pain and agony to the reader almost as if it leaps off the page as you read the words.

One of the big events, one that will carry over to the next book in the series is the introduction of The Holy Grail. This most revered relic of Christianity plays an important part in Alan's quest and serves as a catalyst for Robin to pursue this relic and possess it. Thankfully the sequel, Grail Knight, is already available so I won't have to wait too long to continue the pursuit. I heartily rate this volume at 4.7.
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