By Sword and Storm

By Sword and Storm

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"Eagerly-awaited third volume in the Munro saga. 1598. The French Wars of Religion are drawing to an end, the Edict of Nantes establishing religious freedom in all but Paris.1598. The exiled Adam and Kate Munro are looking forward to a new life free from past troubles, despite their lingering nostalgia for Scotland and the friendship of the Montgomeries. But when the family are called to court they find that religious tensions remain high, and Paris holds dangers as well as delights. For the Munros and Montgomeries alike, these are troubled times... A tumultuous tale of pride and folly, loyalty and betrayal, political manouvreings at both the French and Scottish courts, treachery and peril, and ultimately justice; set against the backdrop of the closing years of the 16th century and the continuing antagonism between the Cunninghames and Montgomeries which has plagued Scotland for more than 100 years.

Professional Review

'In Sword and StormSkea threads two interconnected storyines into a fast-paced novel which paints a realistic and highly believable picture of life at the highest levels of society in both the Scottish and French courts. There are colourful characters, opulent settings and clashes of personality aplenty. There are thoughtful and level-headed characters, as well as those wholet their tempers get the better of them. There are relationships which work and those that are destined to fail. The result is a hugely satisfying read which leaves this reader in particular hoping there will be another book in this excellent series.'
Undiscovered Scotland."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 31mm | 426g
  • Kelso, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 black and white map
  • 0993333184
  • 9780993333187
  • 1,593,161

Table of contents

Character List
Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Historical note
Glossary
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Review quote

'In Sword and Storm Skea threads two interconnected storyines into a fast-paced novel which paints a realistic and highly believable picture of life at the highest levels of society in both the Scottish and French courts. There are colourful characters, opulent settings and clashes of personality aplenty. There are thoughtful and level-headed characters, as well as those wholet their tempers get the better of them. There are relationships which work and those that are destined to fail. The result is a hugely satisfying read which leaves this reader in particular hoping there will be another book in this excellent series.' Undiscovered Scotland.
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About Margaret Skea

Margaret Skea grew up in Ulster at the height of the 'Troubles', but now lives with her husband in the Scottish Borders.
Awarded the Beryl Bainbridge Award for Best First Time Author 2014 and Historical Fiction Winner in the Harper Collins / Alan Titchmarsh People's Novelist Competition for her debut novel Turn of the Tide, the sequel A House Divided was longlisted for the Historical Novel Society New Novel Award 2016. This third book in the series, By Sword and Storm, is due for publication in print in September.

She is passionate about well-researched, authentic historical fiction and providing a 'you are there' experience for the reader.

An Hawthornden Fellow and award winning short story writer - recent wins include, Neil Gunn, Chrysalis Prize, and Winchester Short Story Prize. Placings and listings include Rubery Short Story, Historical Novel Society Short Story, Mslexia, Fish - Short Story and One Page Prize and the Matthew Pritchard Award. She has been published in a range of magazines and anthologies in Britain and the USA.
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