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1367: Europe stands on the brink of total war. Political alliances are beginning to rupture. No state is immune: England, France, the Holy Roman Empire, Milan, Genoa, Venice, Constantinople . . . Every mercenary knight for hundreds of miles must sharpen his sword and prepare for battle. But Sir William Gold has other problems. Just to reach Europe, he must capture its most u 1367: Europe stands on the brink of total war. Political alliances are beginning to rupture. No state is immune: England, France, the Holy Roman Empire, Milan, Genoa, Venice, Constantinople . . . Every mercenary knight for hundreds of miles must sharpen his sword and prepare for battle. But Sir William Gold has other problems. Just to reach Europe, he must capture its most unassailable fortress. He must also protect his liege-lord, the Green Count, from assassins hell-bent on his demise. The balance of power in the West will change. William Gold must trust to hope, and his men, that he lands on the winning side . . .


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1367: Europe stands on the brink of total war. Political alliances are beginning to rupture. No state is immune: England, France, the Holy Roman Empire, Milan, Genoa, Venice, Constantinople . . . Every mercenary knight for hundreds of miles must sharpen his sword and prepare for battle. But Sir William Gold has other problems. Just to reach Europe, he must capture its most u 1367: Europe stands on the brink of total war. Political alliances are beginning to rupture. No state is immune: England, France, the Holy Roman Empire, Milan, Genoa, Venice, Constantinople . . . Every mercenary knight for hundreds of miles must sharpen his sword and prepare for battle. But Sir William Gold has other problems. Just to reach Europe, he must capture its most unassailable fortress. He must also protect his liege-lord, the Green Count, from assassins hell-bent on his demise. The balance of power in the West will change. William Gold must trust to hope, and his men, that he lands on the winning side . . .

30 review for Sword of Justice

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anton

    It was my absolute 'can't wait' for 2018... And it did not disappoint :) I am a massive fan of the series. I would (of course) attempt to assure you that this is THE best historical fiction around. But there is no point, hop on the journey with a book #1 The Ill-Made Knight and get your mind blown first-hand. The best thing about these books is their hypnotic pacing that truly transports you into the late XIV. You feel like you know these people that you meet on the page, like you can relate to th It was my absolute 'can't wait' for 2018... And it did not disappoint :) I am a massive fan of the series. I would (of course) attempt to assure you that this is THE best historical fiction around. But there is no point, hop on the journey with a book #1 The Ill-Made Knight and get your mind blown first-hand. The best thing about these books is their hypnotic pacing that truly transports you into the late XIV. You feel like you know these people that you meet on the page, like you can relate to their plights and victories, like you share their experiences. Absolutely fantastic. This is what historical fiction is supposed to be like (at least for me). The strongest possible recommendation, BUT start from book #1. Book #4 is not the place to start :)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alissa

    3.5 stars rounded up because it’s a William Gold novel and I simply can’t get enough of his voice and the admittedly (slightly) biased remembrances of his adventurous life. I also appreciated the editing, which was a sour note in the previous installments. Now the former routier is a titled knight, the survivor of a Crusade, a family man and a courtier much embroiled in the tumultuous politics of XIV century Italy; naturally his chronicles reflect his new circumstances and all his travels in Outr 3.5 stars rounded up because it’s a William Gold novel and I simply can’t get enough of his voice and the admittedly (slightly) biased remembrances of his adventurous life. I also appreciated the editing, which was a sour note in the previous installments. Now the former routier is a titled knight, the survivor of a Crusade, a family man and a courtier much embroiled in the tumultuous politics of XIV century Italy; naturally his chronicles reflect his new circumstances and all his travels in Outremer and the Peninsula, where he rarely spends long periods in the same place. He’s also fighting for a Genoese pirate turned prince, following his feudal lord the Green Count, has an open contract with his friend Nerio and some understanding with his old mentor John Hawkwood, each with their own interests to pursue. It is much easier to fight well than to be in command. I absolutely delighted in the characters, the settings, the logistics, the feat of arms, the reflections on chivalry, the game of kings involving many eastern and western rulers, the dance of diplomacy and of course I had fun with William’s thoughts and personal stakes through it all. The web of alliances was crystallising, forming like icicles on a mountain cottage: stronger with every thaw and refreeze. Conversely, while keeping a good pace, this novel is not as engaging as the previous ones, probably due to all the locations, details and history, which are nonetheless vital to convey a realistic vibe to historical fiction. Anyway, I’m nitpicking. The book ends spectacularly with the famous Italian Wedding between prince Lionel of England and Violante Visconti of Milan. I eagerly look forward to more. I love Nerio. We are closer than friends. But, like me, he is a very bad man working hard to be good, and he doesn’t always see that the easy way is the wrong way.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Liviu

    Excellent episode (covering about 2 years) from the life of William Gold - picks up where The Green Count ends and goes till the Milan wedding that's mentioned in previous volumes; like The Green Count (to which this volume is very similar) the novel is mellower than the first 2 volumes as William is now an established knight, with various fiefs, a rich wife and a few kids to boot (some actually his, some from his wife's previous marriage), while having adventures in the Outremer, Italy, Savoy a Excellent episode (covering about 2 years) from the life of William Gold - picks up where The Green Count ends and goes till the Milan wedding that's mentioned in previous volumes; like The Green Count (to which this volume is very similar) the novel is mellower than the first 2 volumes as William is now an established knight, with various fiefs, a rich wife and a few kids to boot (some actually his, some from his wife's previous marriage), while having adventures in the Outremer, Italy, Savoy and France as he is pulled more and more into the Green Count's orbit; the usual villains (Camus, the bishop of Geneva etc) are back and new ones appear; as usual a novel that one cannot put down when started and then wants more when finished

  4. 5 out of 5

    J.P. Ashman

    Genuinely loving this series and have to honestly say it's my fave hisfic series of all time! I hang on every word, every scene, whether action or dialogue, description or character's contemplation; I feel like I'm there, in Medieval Europe and, for an ex re-enactor, there's very few books I've read that I can say that about. Colourful, real-feeling characters, mixed with vivid scenes and tense, flowing action sequences. If you're looking at this review, you may well have read the previous three b Genuinely loving this series and have to honestly say it's my fave hisfic series of all time! I hang on every word, every scene, whether action or dialogue, description or character's contemplation; I feel like I'm there, in Medieval Europe and, for an ex re-enactor, there's very few books I've read that I can say that about. Colourful, real-feeling characters, mixed with vivid scenes and tense, flowing action sequences. If you're looking at this review, you may well have read the previous three books in this series. Let me tell you, I found this to be the best yet! Read it, please. Read it!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Hot damn, I'm in love! Best part: that last sentence in the author's note stating this is book four of six!!!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Charles Bronson

    What rhymes with Christian Cameron? Five fucking stars! What you can’t hear it? Maybe you aren’t listening hard enough?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kennethkiffer

    Even as I found myself racing through the pages, using up sleeping time and devouring the story and wanting to know what happens next, I really absolutely did not want this book to end. It's not a small book, but it absorbs you into its plot that you don't even realise that you're turning page after page. Despite not having as much available reading time as my youth, I found that every available hour not already dedicated to my love, my work or sleep will be spent between each paragraph of this Even as I found myself racing through the pages, using up sleeping time and devouring the story and wanting to know what happens next, I really absolutely did not want this book to end. It's not a small book, but it absorbs you into its plot that you don't even realise that you're turning page after page. Despite not having as much available reading time as my youth, I found that every available hour not already dedicated to my love, my work or sleep will be spent between each paragraph of this novel. As usual, masterfully written. I want to go into deep cryogenic sleep now and maybe wake up 8 years from now when all the rest of the William Gold books are out so that I can read them back to back; though I really don't want to come to the end of these tales.

  8. 4 out of 5

    William E.

    I think Mr. Cameron has to be my favorite author. The magical blend of character and authenticity. Story and history. William Gold stand at the top.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carl Phillips

    Christian Cameron is one of, it not my favorite, author these days and I have been looking forward to this release for months. So much so that I have read it in a single sitting, over the course of one day. And I loved every second of it - and plan to read it again, more slowly, over the next few days. Its a slower pace than the previous entrants in the series, but the the sense of building pressure is inescapable and makes the prospect of books 5 and 6 mouthwatering prospects.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sam Davis

    Fantastic edition of William Gold saga. In this one you see the knight as a leader. He follows commands and issues them. I really enjoyed the interaction with other knights. The book mildly veers away from the others in that there is no afterword. You remember how the others have ended with Gold still at the inn in Calais? We don’t get that here. I really enjoyed the Green Count a lot more than previous books. He’s growing on Gold as knightly duties keep them together. The center-piece here is t Fantastic edition of William Gold saga. In this one you see the knight as a leader. He follows commands and issues them. I really enjoyed the interaction with other knights. The book mildly veers away from the others in that there is no afterword. You remember how the others have ended with Gold still at the inn in Calais? We don’t get that here. I really enjoyed the Green Count a lot more than previous books. He’s growing on Gold as knightly duties keep them together. The center-piece here is the Wedding of Prince Lionel to Violante Visconti! I was really impressed with this episode and look forward to the next.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mark Romero

    Loved the book. Love the author (wrote Red Knight under Miles Cameron). Love the time period. Keep writing em Mr. Cameron, I'll keep reading em.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Edward

    Yet another amazing part of the Chivalry series. WHEN IS THE NEXT ONE OUT? I miss William Gold and his company already.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Clemens Schoonderwoert

    This fabulous book is the 4th volume, out of 6 according to the author, of the incredible "Chivalry" (Sir William Gold) series. The historical details concerning this book has been very well researched by the author, the evidence being a greatly defined glossary and a well-drawn map of Sir William's Travels at the beginning of the book. While at the end of this book you'll notice a superbly explained Historical Note as well as an Author's Note. Storytelling is once more of a top-notch quality, beca This fabulous book is the 4th volume, out of 6 according to the author, of the incredible "Chivalry" (Sir William Gold) series. The historical details concerning this book has been very well researched by the author, the evidence being a greatly defined glossary and a well-drawn map of Sir William's Travels at the beginning of the book. While at the end of this book you'll notice a superbly explained Historical Note as well as an Author's Note. Storytelling is once more of a top-notch quality, because the author keeps you spellbound from start to finish with his tremendous Chivalry story, and because all his characters, mostly real and some fictional, come all vividly to life within this tale. Once again the book starts with a prologue which is set in Calais in the year AD 1381, and its from there that our main character, the real historical figure Sir William Gold, is narrating his tale of chivalrous adventures. This book is set between AD 1367-1368, and it is divided into 3 parts, in which Sir William will take us along on his life-journey of chivalry from Outremer in part 1, throughout Italy in part 2, and that will end in and around Milan in part 3, while trying to become the perfect chivalric Knight. What will follow is another marvellous book of chivalry, where we once more will enter a stage of international politics, where loyalty, betrayal, treason, intrigue and murder are common rules, and where Sir William Gold has to find a way to stay alive in this turmoil and remain true to his chivalric principles. Very much recommended, for this is historical fiction at its very best, and that's why for me this book tells a tale with: "Words of Steel in a Story of Gold"!

  14. 5 out of 5

    William Fow

    Excellent historical novel. This is what the genre should be I loved this book because of the attention to detail and the ability to connect with and enjoy the characters. Also the book flows quickly and is edited very well. I very much enjoy Cameron's books and will continue to read them. I especially love Emile and Williams relationship

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mark Redman

    Sword of Justice is the fourth book in the chivalry series. It charts the ongoing exploits of Sir William Gold during 1367 when Europe stands on the brink war. We begin to see how William Gold navigates the politics of the period, where political alliances are beginning to rupture. No state is immune: England, France, the Holy Roman Empire, Milan, Genoa, Venice, Constantinople . . . Every mercenary knight for hundreds of miles must sharpen his sword and prepare for battle. There is an authenticit Sword of Justice is the fourth book in the chivalry series. It charts the ongoing exploits of Sir William Gold during 1367 when Europe stands on the brink war. We begin to see how William Gold navigates the politics of the period, where political alliances are beginning to rupture. No state is immune: England, France, the Holy Roman Empire, Milan, Genoa, Venice, Constantinople . . . Every mercenary knight for hundreds of miles must sharpen his sword and prepare for battle. There is an authenticity to the writing that only someone like Christian Cameron can bring. Cameron’s own experimental archaeology, teaching armoured fighting, swordsmanship, visiting battlefields and castles, all find their way into his books. For an historical writer this feels very unique and exciting, as it comes across in his writing. You definitely get to experience, as closely as possible, what it must have been like to be a knight, and not necessarily in a chivalrous or romanticised way. As ever, the plot of the book is extremely exciting, the story is believable and well told. Full of historical references and research that shines through. There are themes that are explored, the nature of chivalry and ethics of violence. This is a fabulous series and one that just gets better with each book. If you’re intrigued, I urge you to start at book one: The Ill-Made Knight, I cannot recommend this series enough.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anton

    It's just fuckin' marvelous. The thing about Cameron is that not only does his novels have such great verisimilitude, but as the series run on the worlds within them get very well populated, and characters seeded into the story several installments ago seamlessly reenter the narrative in a way that gives the story a living quality I can't really put words to. In addition, the plot is just nail-bitingly exciting. The build-up the climactic event of this one starts in the prologue of book #3 and ju It's just fuckin' marvelous. The thing about Cameron is that not only does his novels have such great verisimilitude, but as the series run on the worlds within them get very well populated, and characters seeded into the story several installments ago seamlessly reenter the narrative in a way that gives the story a living quality I can't really put words to. In addition, the plot is just nail-bitingly exciting. The build-up the climactic event of this one starts in the prologue of book #3 and just goes on and on, leading to me consuming the last thirty pages with a near unbearable sense of dread. Jesus Maria how long until the next part?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    This is an excellent series , great detail and characters . The author knows his subject and shares a LOT of historical detail with the reader, his characters are vivid and alive ( there are a couple of villains so well written I found that I really despise them) . If you like historical fiction I highly recommend these books....Mr. Cameron is as adept at this form of writing a Bernard Cornwall and I mean that with the utmost respect, and if you have not read his fantasy series about the Red Kni This is an excellent series , great detail and characters . The author knows his subject and shares a LOT of historical detail with the reader, his characters are vivid and alive ( there are a couple of villains so well written I found that I really despise them) . If you like historical fiction I highly recommend these books....Mr. Cameron is as adept at this form of writing a Bernard Cornwall and I mean that with the utmost respect, and if you have not read his fantasy series about the Red Knight please check them out , they are very well written also , think the Chivalry series...with Dragons !

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    The latest in the series following William Gold through 14th century Europe delves into some pretty complex political/military squabbles between a whole range of factions - so many that it got difficult to keep up with which ones were on the same side. Having said that, the parts that worked best were the ones that focused on the human side - Gold pondering his personal evolution so far, teaching his followers to behave properly etc. We see the humanity and emotions behind the knights in armour, The latest in the series following William Gold through 14th century Europe delves into some pretty complex political/military squabbles between a whole range of factions - so many that it got difficult to keep up with which ones were on the same side. Having said that, the parts that worked best were the ones that focused on the human side - Gold pondering his personal evolution so far, teaching his followers to behave properly etc. We see the humanity and emotions behind the knights in armour, which has always been one of the strengths in Cameron's novels. A decent read - although perhaps one to be read with a reference book of the era at hand to help navigate the politics.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    There can only be one sane explanation of Christian Cameron's ability to write of the mid 14th century or the time of Alexander in a way that makes you feel he has lived there and that is a time machine in his backyard. Of all his series the stories of William Gold are fast becoming my favourite. Finishing this book leaves you feeling like you have been on a tour of medieval Venice and Italy, experiencing the sounds and smells with your journey punctuated by acts if extreme violence. Highly recomm There can only be one sane explanation of Christian Cameron's ability to write of the mid 14th century or the time of Alexander in a way that makes you feel he has lived there and that is a time machine in his backyard. Of all his series the stories of William Gold are fast becoming my favourite. Finishing this book leaves you feeling like you have been on a tour of medieval Venice and Italy, experiencing the sounds and smells with your journey punctuated by acts if extreme violence. Highly recommended.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    c2018 (4) FWFTB: rupture, Milan, Genoa, Venice, Constantinople. William Gold a hero of note! Certainly, the novels you want to read if you are studying this period of history. And, the art of chivalry - who knew it was so complicated? 'I could see the recognition in his eyes; I was wearing the surcoat of the Order. I had red hair, and I'm four fingers taller than most tall men - I tend to stick out."

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Berndt

    After finishing the books that are completed thus far in this series, reading the Long War Series, and also Traitor Son Cycle by Christian Cameron I have decided that he is, without a doubt, my favorite author. This series and book are fantastic. If I could give it 10 stars I would. This book and series are so much deeper and texturized than many others in the genre. I highly recommend this author.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Harry L

    Complex and acurate I have to say I am a huge fan of Christian's and all his novels though this series about will gold has now taken the lead narrowly as my favourite. I love the detail included about a period of history that is so romanticised in English folklaw. I simply can't wait for the next one.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tom Bell

    What's the deal with Rob Stone?! He's a nice side character, for several books, gets killed and we don't even hear one more word about him! He is immediately replaced by Sam Bibbo who was in the first book or two, I can't remember, and we're supposed to care about him again? Other than that small criticism I love this series and look forward to the next installment.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    Another episode of William Gold and the toad of Chivalry I've enjoyed the whole series at this point. The characters are like old friends come to visit without the need to house and feed them. William continues to slowly evolve and struggle with who he wants to be. His friends, even the greatest of them, not without their own struggles.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mike Fidler

    Excellent! I always enjoy reading Christian’s books, this series for me is the best as he clearly has a passion for William Gold and the period. Highly recommended and looking forward to the next.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Richard Pratt

    Great book, don’t pass up the afterword. I’ve read all his books and I appreciate the work he puts into them. I often pass over the acknowledgments and afterwords of the books I read. Glad I didn’t this time. Take the time, it’s well said.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Have to say that this is probably my favorite historical fiction book series/writer. Sparked my interest in learning more about the period and the Knights of St.John. I bought all for books and have read them all every time a new one comes out. Well written and fun to follow.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Miguel

    Great story, full of detail and color A very good continuation of the series, full of detail and color about the common elements of daily life in that age. Will be waiting for the next one!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ernie Hemingway

    Awesome discovering a genre you never knew you loved. Can't wait for more of this so-called "historical fiction". Anyway, that was a rich ride that gave me everything I needed, but I am now sadly back in 2019 North America.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Peter Brickwood

    As ever an intricate and detailed exploration of the lives of medieval fighters. The intertwining of modern sensibilities about race, abuse, equality of women are perhaps not entirely true to those times but I don't really mind because it is such a brilliantly entertaining read.

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