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Freedom's Sword

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  459 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
Before William Wallace... before Robert the Bruce... there was another Scottish hero...

In 1296, newly knighted by the King of the Scots, Andrew de Moray fights to defend his country against the forces of the ruthless invader, King Edward Longshanks of England. After a bloody defeat in battle, he is dragged in chains to an English dungeon.

Soon the young knight escapes. He r
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Published March 11th 2011 by J. R. Tomlin, via Smashwords
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David King
Mar 24, 2011 David King rated it really liked it
This book follows the life of Sir Andrew de Moray, who was one the Scottish leaders at the battle of Stirling Bridge alongside the more famous William Wallace. The story takes us from the initial English invasion of Scotland, through Andrew's incarceration in an English cell, before he returns and helps to build an army to re-take Scotland and defeat the English at Stirling. If you have seen the movie Braveheart or know your Scottish History then you should already know the basic premise to be h ...more
Apr 12, 2011 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Four thousand mounted horsemen in the English army in the 13th century? It sounds a lot, and while J.R. Tomlin's novel, Freedom's Sword, rang true to the individuals, I found myself fact-checking and wondering at the events. To the author's credit, her novel is very well researched. I might choose to doubt the initial size of the army, and the love-making technique of the lord, but the art of war, of raising a rebellion, of dungeon, pike and sword, is very well-told. And the history of Scotland' ...more
Maurice Alvarez
Sep 30, 2011 Maurice Alvarez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book was a very unique experience. On the one hand, I really enjoyed the story. The characters are interesting. The setting is rich with such detail that I had no doubt Ms. Tomlin had not just done her research but had thoroughly enjoyed it. It's very obvious when an author has done research simply for the sake of showing it off to the reader versus when an author take the time to weave their knowledge delicately into the fabric of their tale. Ms. Tomlin definitely falls into the la ...more
Jan 02, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FREEDOM'S SWORD, free ebook, was a wonderful read! This part of history I've not read much. The book is a prequel to the BLACK DOUGLAS TRILOGY regarding Scotland's wars for independence from England. The mechanics of good writing were good taking into account that ereaders seem prone to a glitch or two. Any such errors did not affect my enjoyment of this book.

From this book I felt the heart of Scotland's people. Good books make readers feel the books' subjects regardless of what those feelings m
Apr 25, 2011 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did you like Braveheart? Are you a fan of history? Love everything Scottish? Then this is the book for you. Freedom's Sword is a fictionalized account of the real life events of the Scottish fight against the British invaders under King Edward Longshanks in the 13th century.

Andrew de Moray is knighted by King John Balliol just before their defeat at Dunbar in 1296. De Moray is dragged in chains to an English dungeon, which he manages to escape. He returns to Scotland to find it under British co
Jul 24, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The price of Scotland’s freedom from the King of England is paid for with blood, sweat and tears of those willing to sacrifice everything for love of country.

This is a fast paced adventure story that tells the struggle of those willing to fight to free Scotland from the rule of the King of England in the 13th century. Andrew de Moray is forced to fight for his life and country after he and other key players in the Scottish royalty and military are killed or taken prisoner fighting the Engli
J. Ewbank
This book by Tomlin is an enjoyable one. It is a piece of Scottish history. The characters are well developed and you feel for and with them. The plot naturally has to do with history but it is well done so you feel a part of it. Enjoyable and a good read.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"
Apr 12, 2011 Peggy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fans of historical fiction will love this accurately researched, well written novel.

I really enjoyed the entire story line, repeatedly racing ahead to see what happens next. Filled with heroic heroes and villainous villains, Tomlin paints a picture of rugged Scotland at one of it's momentous turning points in history.

I'm already looking forward to the next book.
Aug 24, 2013 Farzana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every scot should know the name of Andrew De Moray, the unsung hero who begun the fight for our independence!
Rick Davis
This is a historical fiction book about Andrew de Moray, a fighter for Scottish independence who is less popularly well known than his contemporary William Wallace. As I started this book, I was thinking that it would be about a 4 star book. The author writes battle scenes very well, and the book starts off briskly. However as it goes on, especially after the halfway mark, the pacing becomes erratic, and the grammar and spelling starts to get sloppy. There really needed to be a couple more proof ...more
Feb 10, 2017 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and Captivating Story

I read the books about Robert The Bruce that this book is a prequel to, and I loved reading those as well as this one. I think to be brave back in those times was putting your life and everything you had in the line. I'm fascinated by what life must have been like for these people who were at constant battle for their land and their rights and I love reading about it in a novel type setting. The only bad part about this book was there were a bunch typos and erro
Feb 03, 2017 Meredith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone who knows Scottish history knows of William Wallace, this is a fictional account of another great Scottish hero, Sir Andrew De Moray, who fought with Wallace but hasn't gotten popular acclaim.
There were a few typos in this Kindle version, but it didn't take away from well researched accounts of battle or fictional characters. The author completely described my daughter as the fictional wife of our hero. I would give this a 3.75 but rounded up because Andrew deserves to be known.
I would
Feb 24, 2017 Pxipenguin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fine work of fact mixed with a little bit of fiction. What made the book for me was the use of the Scottish language . . . it kept it in front of me as if it were happening just as I was reading it. Five stars, but, if I could have done it, I'd have given it seven stars.
Dan Holt
Feb 05, 2017 Dan Holt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read

A little plodding, but I think that is to emphasize the historical nature of the writing. Lots of places need a rewrite as thoughts are jumbled. Also, some grammatical errors. Worth a read for the information.
Very, Very Good Story

I always enjoy historical stories about my ancestors.. The more authentic the better.. J. R. Tomlin is one of the most interesting and accurate authors that I've found..
Jeanne Johnston
Argh! Such an abrupt ending! Interesting account that parallels and intersects with William Wallace. Lots of editing misses or I would've given it four stars.
Elaine Onstad
Feb 15, 2017 Elaine Onstad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Another chapter of history overlooked by many. While it is fiction, it is based in fact, and enough fact that I felt compelled to read more about the fascinating Andrew de Moray.
Keryl Raist
Jun 27, 2011 Keryl Raist rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like historical fiction. I like military history. I like Scotland. So I was pretty sure I'd like Freedom's Sword, and as I turned off my kindle after reading the last word, I sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed my visit to the first Scottish War of Independence.

A little background: Scotland was once upon a time a completely free and independent entity from England. But back in the 1200's a squabble between potential claimants to the throne ended up with Edward I deciding he was in charge. This spar
Jan 12, 2013 Betty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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J. R. Tomlin has been writing epic fantasy for a good while, but, from what I can tell, is recently making forays into historical fiction. A Kingdom's Cost was the first book written in the Black Douglas trilogy, and was an exciting, engrossing read. James Douglas' father sent him to France to keep him safe from England's King Edward I, aka Longshanks. Soon after his arrival in London, he witnesses and is profoundly affected by the execution of William Wallace, strengthening his resolve to take ...more
J L R Webbie
Jan 16, 2012 J L R Webbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The central Character is Andrew de Moray, a very real knight who fought along side William Wallace (yes, the Braveheart guy) for Scottish Independence way back in the 1200s, though he has largely been forgotten, though I’m sure there are some history buffs who would disagree with me. Ms. Tomlin added several appendixes at the end, citing where most of her research came from and how she tried to stay mostly historically accurate, though there were some instances where she had to make things up, ...more
Jul 19, 2011 Nathiel rated it really liked it
J.R. Tomlin sent me this book for a review so thank you so much.
As a student (bear in mind that wasn't that long ago) history was one of my strong points, whether it was English history (which I studied before moving to Spain), Spanish history (which I didn't enjoy that much as it was the modern part), Ancient History, Worldwide history or History of the Art, I loved the subject.
Soon after seeing the rest of my class struggle with a particular exam I decided to help them out, as myself studied t
Feb 10, 2013 Anthony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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February 13, 2013
A Review by Anthony T. Riggio of the book Freedom’s Sword (A Novel of Scotland) by J.R. Tomlin
I read this book in the Kindle Format and was surprised at the lack of editorial oversight on this edition. There were a number of spelling errors. I certainly hope the printed edition was free of these errors and had better editorial oversight.
This being said, the book was very enjoyable and while very historical it was fairly on target with the events portrayed. I just finished readin
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If you’re a fan of Braveheart, then you’ll probably really enjoy this novel following the life of Andrew de Moray. I’m not a history buff by any means, but based on what I know of Scottish and English history, I’d say that J.R. Tomlin has done a phenomenal job capturing the events and putting them to paper. It’s a very historical novel, mixing fact and fiction and spurring the reader on as de Moray fights for the freedom of Scotland.

What I liked the m
Joan Adamak
Oct 29, 2012 Joan Adamak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Brutalities of English/Scottish Wars

In 1296, Andrew deMoray, son of Lord Andrew de Moray, was captured in a battle of the Scots against King Edward I of England. Lord Andrew was taken to the tower, but the son Andrew was thrown into a dungeon in isolation where he suffered from starvation, dehydration, and beatings until he thought he would die. Only his will to fight the English kept him alive. He managed to escape the prison, but was very weak due to starvation. He tricked a merchant out o
Jun 01, 2011 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and especially the medieval times. This story seemed to have an interesting premise, and the price was too good to resist.

It follows the trials and struggle of Andrew de Moray against the English invaders, and as a second POV character Caitrina, the youngest daughter of a lord, destined to become a nun against her will. The character development of Andrew is excellent, and I saw him grow and react to each obstacle life throws at him. The secondary
Kate's Reads
Jan 22, 2012 Kate's Reads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will admit to being somewhat hesitant about the book "Freedom's Sword", by J.R. Tomlin. I enjoy historical fiction but 13th century Scotland is a little further back than I usually venture. Tomlin's prose and characters made it a pleasure trip.

The story begins with newly knighted Andrew de Moray in battle against the English invaders led by King Edward. In a surreptitious rout the Scottish are defeated and Andrew is taken prisoner.

Andrew spends approximately a year locked up in a pitch black d
Karen M
I love a good historical novel and this was a good one. In the year 1296 brave men of Scotland fought for their freedom from England.

We are introduced to Andrew de Moray who is an actual person in history and his young wife. He is imprisoned in England for the crime of treason against King John of England after being captured in a battle. As young as he is he manages to escape his prison and eventually return to his home in Scotland although his father remains imprisoned. There he seeks help fro
Mercia McMahon
J R Tomlin's Freedom's Sword: A Novel of Scotland (2011) shows an obvious link to the blockbuster movie Braveheart (1995), even down to recycling the title of a non-fiction response to the movie: Peter Traquair's Freedom's Sword: The Scottish Wars of Independence (1998). Tomlin's novel concerns William Wallace's co-commander at the Battle of Stirling Bridge, Andrew de Moray.

The story begins with Moray's capture at the Battle of Dunbar and subsequent imprisonment, and escape from, Chester Castle
May 17, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This focuses on the life of the Andrew de Moray between the battle of Dunbar and the battle of Stirling Bridge. After escaping from being held captive in an English castle, Moray returns home to start driving the English out of Scotland. He works with William Wallace, to win some key battles. This novel gives a good brief look at a Scottish hero who largely is overshadowed by Wallace in history. Its a quick and easy read and while the battle scenes are descriptive, they aren't graphic. It is dom ...more
Until this book, I had never heard of Andrew de Moray, and while I read the preview of what the book was about, I thought he was a fictional character. I was wrong. Still this book left me wanting more, not only of this story, but of how it was written.

Heavy editing is in dire need, and while the book begins in 1296 and ends about a year later, you never know how much time has passed between scenes in the book. This is a story about a battle in the fight for Scotland's freedom, but freedom is ne
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J. R. Tomlin is the author of seven historical novels. She has also co-authored several fantasies with C. R. Daems.

She has close ties with Scotland since her father was a native Scot, and she spent substantial time in Edinburgh whilst growing up. Her historical novels are set for the most part in Scotland. Her love of that nation is traced from the stories of the Bruce and the Good Sir James her g
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