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Gisborne: Book of Pawns (The Gisborne Saga #1)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  85 ratings  ·  26 reviews

In a story where status means power and survival depends on how the game is played, two people, one a squire wronged in life and one a noblewoman, are drawn together by lust and a lost inheritance in twelfth century England. Guy of Gisborne is a man with secrets, Ysabel of Moncrieff, a naïve and opinionated noblewoman whose world comes tu
Kindle Edition, 1 edition, 341 pages
Published February 24th 2012 by Darlington Press
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Simon Turney
I have to start this review by stating that Gisborne is not my usual fare in fiction. I read a great deal of Historical Fiction, but tend heavily towards war, bloodshed, murder and action themes. Gisborne is very much a historical romance with side portions of traditional histfic. However, I am a reader and a fan of Prue Batten's Tales of Eirie fantasy works and with a solid knowledge of her writing, I was more than willing to give Gisborne a try.

I'm fairly sure, you see, that Prue could write h
Maria Grazia
‘And all shall be well, and all shall be well,
and all manner of thing shall be well.’
Julian of Norwich

When you first meet him astride his steed and with his proud demeanour, he feels compassion, not pity, for Lady Ysabel. He is Gisborne, her father’s steward come to escort her home from Aquitaine after her mother’s death. With his black hair, his blue eyes and his visceral voice, he immediately fascinates you and, like Ysabel of Moncrieff, you want to know more about this man.
It is not Guy of Gi
Oct 24, 2012 Emma rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Thanks to the wonderful human performance of Richard Armitage in the BBC Family drama version of Robin Hood, I was willing and able to buy into the idea that Gisborne can be a well rounded and intriguing Character.

The relatively short period this book covers in the lives of our wronged Heroine and our flawed hero in this engaging and interesting story about Guy Of Gisborne punts along apace. With not one, but two villainous knaves and the constant spectre of Gisborne's own bitterness over patern
Lyrical and graceful. As I read this beautifully-written book, I kept wishing that it was available in audio form, because the language is so musical that I would love to hear it read aloud. The story is emotionally complex and nuanced. Descriptions of nature and of human feelings alike are delicately, yet powerfully, written. Presented with exactly the right evocative details, the reader is drawn into a setting that feels both immediate and alive. When danger threatens, the reader feels it visc ...more
Read it on Kindle, it's a fantastic story for those of us lover's of the Guy of Gisborne character, one just gets caught up in the intensity of emotions that unravelled trough the reading. Just amazing! I can't wait to read the second part. Since reading this story I have become a fan of Prue Batten, she is a fantastic author.
In this book the plot revolves around two people that meet by chance, but they get together by decision. Love and need become essential in both characters, because their la
Ysabel of Moncrieff was born to a beautiful, compassionate, woman with a wealthy, handsome but weak husband. At age 12 Ysabel is sent to Aquitaine to be educated and "polished" to become a proper wife. She lives a wonderful, carefree life until her mother dies and her father in his grief losses everything. Gisborne is sent to bring Ysabel back to Moncrieff where she finds everything has changed for the worse.

Set in the 12th century at the end of the reign of King Henry and the beginning of the r
We are proud to announce that GISBORNE: BOOK OF PAWNS by Prue Batten is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Marsha Lambert
This was the first book I have read by Prue Batten and I thoroughly enjoyed reading Gisborne: Book of Pawns. Full of adventure and romance I am looking forward to book two. I love a good medieval romp and this fit the bill perfectly.
Siobhan Daiko
I loved “Gisborne Book of Pawns” and found it un-put-down-able. A really good read, and I swallowed it in one greedy gulp. A fan of romantic historical fiction with a spark of adventure, I’m in awe of Prue Batten’s writing ability. Ysabel is a wonderful character, brave and feisty. And what a hero! Guy of Gisborne intrigued me from the start, and it was good that he wasn’t portrayed as too ‘alpha male.’ So glad to have discovered this trilogy and can’t wait to read the next book in the series. T ...more
Paul Bennett
By far most of the historical fiction that I read is full of the twang of many bowstrings and ballista, the thrust of gladius and spear, the tromping of hobnailed caligae, however at the behest of my Twitterverse friend SJA Turney and after reading her blog posts I finally succumbed and decided to read Gisborne Book of Pawns by Prue Batten. A wise choice as it turned out.

The author has given us a wonderful re-telling of the story of Sir Guy Gisborne and the Lady Ysabel of Moncrief. The story is
What a shocking surprise of a book - I bought it with no expectations but loved it to bits.

It's rather dense, sometimes meandering (but fittingly so), poetic and emotional narrative that really has no connection to the Robin Hood legend other than the fact that one of the main characters is named Guy of Gisbourne.

The protagonist, Ysobel, is someone that usually would annoy me to no end as a lot of the plot hinges on her misunderstanding Guy's motives and character and continuing to do so, but
Alex Martin
I read this on holiday on a wet day. It was the perfect antidote to the rain drumming against my caravan roof. I was indeed swept along in a breathless adventure as Ysabel and Guy danced in and out of their intense relationship. The history was obviously well researched and provided an unobstrusive but reliable backdrop to the love affair. Sometimes I doubted Ysabel's decisions as she fell into what seemed obvious traps but then who amongst us can be wise in the moment? Guy was deliciously compl ...more
Linda Root
The mix of narrative, dialogue and action was especially artful as Ms.Batten takes us along with IYsabel on her travels with Guy of Gisborne. It took a few pages for me to be captured by the strange relationship between the female aristocrat apprehensive for her future and her mysterious escort but the pace increases with the drama and soon I am cheering for a heroine that in the first pages I expected to find insipid. There is a rather profound ongoing revelation of the nature of love as Ysabel ...more
InD'Tale Magazine
Ms. Batten had created a spellbinding story! It leads the reader from one adventurous event to the next with a tremendous amount of anticipation and emotion.

Read full review in the 2012 July/August issue of InD’tale Magazine.
This book was very easy to read. The story was not cluttered with excess words or characters, but the grammatical errors were disconcerting. In general the hero and heroine gave and received mixed messages resulting in perils that rivaled those of Pauline. To be fair to Adam of Eden, the Lady Ysabel caused most of the trouble she and Guy of Gisborne encountered because she would not heed Guy's advice and instruction.
I sense that in the sequel to be published next year, this author might have a
This book reads more like an adventure than a true historical romance....still the story kept me intrigued and I finished it in two days once I finally started reading it. If one is expecting the Gisborne from the Robin Hood series in this one, one will be disappointed, as I only really saw smidges of him here and mainly in how he was described. This tale was also told through mainly the woman's eyes, so in essence it really did not have enough Gisborne for me...I will continue the series to see ...more
Some of the writing was quite beautiful but the tale itself was rather turgid. I skipped a lot of pages because the story wasn't gripping enough. I could not see any reason why he needed to be Gisborne. The end dumps you down into " oh no - don't tell me I have to read the second book to find the end". I wont read the second book and I don't recommend this book to you unless you like a slow miserable tale. The story is told from only one persons point of view which leaves a gap in the perspectiv ...more
Susan Brewer
I really became immersed in this book so much that I read it late into the night with no thought of having to get up the next day for work. I enjoyed getting to know the various characters, Ysabel, Cecilia, Mother Beatrice, Ulric, Brother John, Sir Guy and even the dastardly De Courcey and Halsham. It was a roller coaster ride of emotions from relief when Ysabel was safe and wretched when she is was in peril. I am looking forward to the next book in the saga, Gisborne: Book of Knights!
Julie Baker
I started off a bit irritated with the way outdated terms were used like everyone knows what they mean. I really gave the dictionary on my Kindle a workout. But once I got into the groove I was totally blown away! Absolutely wonderful characters and a very interesting story line. There were a few parts that I found a bit underdeveloped for my taste but it didn't detract from the book at all. I'm so ready for Book #2 but I hear I have to wait until next year for it!
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were a little confusing- sometime you liked them and sometimes you did not. This was a nice change historically because we are in the "Robin Hood" era but with a different take. I am awaiting the release of the second book in the series!
Literary  Chanteuse
May 26, 2013 Literary Chanteuse marked it as historical-fiction
For a star rating and complete review, visit Ind'tale Magazine online July/August 2012 issue.

David Hurst
A mistake... Not a historical novel, but a romance. I hope the ladies don't really think this way.
Nov 09, 2014 Chris added it
another great book by Prue Batten - this time historical fiction
bit slow, very detailed though and good character development
Cora Lee
*This* is how I always imagined Guy of Gisborne to be :-D
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I was born in Australia and studied history and politics at the University of Tasmania. I've worked as a hotel cleaner, a cosmetician in a major department store, a bookseller but most properly as a journalist/researcher for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation where I met my husband, also a journalist.

We now farm in Tasmania, growing the superfine wool for which Australia is famous. I spent al
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