Thursday, 5 September 2013

Review: The Outlaw Knight - Elizabeth Chadwick

Fulke FitzWarin has played many roles--loyal knight, dangerous outlaw, dashing lover, loyal husband. But when a violent quarrel with King John disrupts Fulke's ambition to become Lord of his own castle, his true character as a valiant hero is revealed.

Paperback, 576 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published 2001)
The Fitzwaren Novels #2
Historical fiction
From the publisher

My thoughts:
This is book 2 in the FitzWaren novels, but you do not need to have read book 1 to follow along. This is the story about Fulke FitzWarin who like his father wants his land and castle back.

Another book where King John is a total ass, honestly this guy deserves a kick in the behind. Fulke and prince John gets in a fight at 15 and hates each other for the rest of their lives. As all this happened a long time ago, and legends grow, we can't know it all. But yes I can see it happening like this. Later on Fulke becomes an outlaw when the now King John is a total asshat.

Fulke is, well a man of his time. He can be so stubborn at times, a right idiot. But he loves his family. He sure wants Whittington back and he is a man of honor. And I liked how he went up against King John, now that is how a legend is made.

It was a hard time, but a great time to read about. You know it's good when I have to go google different people I read about,´even though I have googled them before.

An interesting story, but I must admit I wish the could have ended it a bit before the end. I did not need to know that which I shall not say. Then again, I had already read Chadwick's own words so I knew what would happen. But I like the illusion of everyone staying young and happy.

Conclusion
History at it's best.


41 comments:

  1. Oh the cover guy looks like Christopher Lambert *heart beat fast*

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  2. I used to love her books, but i had to stop reading them b/c they were getting to be too much violence, etc for me personally :)

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  3. You've made me curious about this one! I've never read a Chadwick book.

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  4. John was an asshat..LOL, you have me curious and I am glad you enjoyed it!

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  5. Friday! Friday! Friday! Soon! Soon! Soon!

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    1. Friday! Now! Just gotta get through the work day

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    1. Haha, ok I secretly think that he was surely a hottie...but an evil hottie

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  7. Poor John... :) I like illusionary HEAs too. :)

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  8. I've never read this author before, but this sounds good.

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    1. I just realized that I have a copy of the UK edition titled Lords of the White Castle. Cool!

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    2. dang, I should have mentioned that! My bad

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  10. Needing to google is always a good sign! Glad you enjoyed this one, it sounds really good!

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    1. She has always been my favorite historical fiction author :)

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  11. Love it when a book has me googling historical characters and places. This sounds good.

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  12. it sounds nice! Well it's a plus to know that we can read them separately!

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  13. It sounds interesting enough but I'm not sure it's for me.

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  14. I liked the older cover more...

    I think I cried in the end...

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  15. I like Elizabeth Chadwick. I really need to read more by her. Sighs.

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  16. I love Elizabeth Chadwick, I've got the original title Lords of the White Castle on my TBR stack.

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  17. I don't think I've heard a lot about Elizabeth Chadwick, but I do enjoy historical books! Especially ones that actually involve people who use to really be alive. :-) This sounds like an interesting read and I'm glad you enjoyed it...except the very end. :-(

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    1. The end was good, it's just...well someone dies and it was sad. But that was life

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  18. Lol this is the King John from Robin Hood? Adding it to my wishlist :)

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  19. Sounds like the men are raised to be asses... wonder if their asses at least look nice from behind. ;P

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  20. I have yet to read a book by Chadwick but I want to

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