"Rip roaring adventure for readers of all ages. Gray certainly knows how to spin a saga, more importantly she knows how to pitch the tone of speculative fiction. There's a whimsical element to this one that delights with its cocky confidence and a bemused view of the modern world by a boy out of his own time." - Book Viral - Review Site
"Halfway though the book, I actually had to close down my Kindle and walk away; I knew just what that vile Mandy was going to do. Had it been a paper version, I would have had to skip ahead to see if she was going to get her comeuppance. Be proud of me; I did not cheat! I absolutely loved all the outsmarting of the bad-guy bits, and Ms. Gray did a fabulous job with expressing the values of "turning the other cheek," and "doing what's right because it's the right thing to do." Blackmail is just wrong, wrong, wrong!" - Hannah Sullivan, Author of The Thunder Series
"Like the best successor volumes, Rory has all the virtues of the first, with a kind of ease and assurance about it which make for very smooth reading." - Ronald Hutton, Professor of History at Bristol University
"The book has plenty of laugh out loud moments as the author uses her keen observation to wriggle out laughs from even the unlikeliest of sources. Archer is the kind of hero who inspires you to awaken the hero in you and should be a hit with readers everywhere." - Moterwriter
"Another of Jacky Gray's books which involve the reader to look at life's adventures through mystical all seeing eyes. Jacky's in touch with what kids and adults - after all we are all big kids - wish to read. Woven into the words as the pages unfold is a journey that we can all relate to and for me that is the magic of a good writer." - Maria Wheatly, Author and Master Dowser
"I was VERY impressed! The characters jumped off the page and swept me up in their various dramas, and it was fascinating seeing how Archer - with his old-world sensibilities - found a way to relate to his modern-day peers. It was also very satisfying and lovely to see both how dismayed Archer is by the cruelty of his peers, and also how he manages to use his own generosity and willingness to forgive to change his situation. Sometimes that sort of unfailing selflessness is done terribly, but it was incredibly believable here, especially since Archer already came from that same position of humility in the previous book." - Rebecca, Amazon Reader
From the Author
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Here's one of my favourite scenes:
Archer suppressed a smile, knowing Peter probably wouldn't have the strength to even string the bow, let alone pull the string back with sufficient force to loose an arrow. The bored voice returned. 'I should have no problem then. He will shoot the apple straight off my head. No part of my body will be pierced by the barbed tip travelling at the speed of an express train.' He had spent many hours reading about methods of modern transport and could not begin to imagine travelling at speeds four times faster than a galloping horse.
'No way.' Jack's voice was full of scorn. 'It can't go as fast as a train; it's only a bit of wood and string.'
'A train travels at one hundred and twenty-five miles every hour. A shaft from a longbow travels at one hundred and twenty-four miles every hour. I would say that's close.'
'So you could kill someone with your bow?' Kyle seemed surprised. Of the three of them, he was the one who might possibly have a redeeming feature. He had obviously paid more attention than the others to the scant studies they seemed to do in this world. Archer was astounded by how little the boys knew about important things like the seasons, plants and hunting.
Archer fixed Kyle with a hard stare. 'Have you not read anything about the success of the English longbow in medieval wars? The archers struck terror into the heart of every Frenchman.'
'Yeah but it's just old-fashioned nonsense. It's all fairy tales like Robin Hood and King Arthur.' Kyle dismissed them with a sneer.