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1333. Edward III is at war with Scotland. 19-year-old West Country knight Sir Harry de Lyon yearns to prove himself in the war, and so jumps at the chance when a powerful English baron, William Montagu, invites him on a secret mission with a dozen elite knights. They ride north, to a crumbling Scottish keep, capturing the feral, half-starved boy within and putting the othe ...more
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Published July 28th 2020 by Unbound (first published May 28th 2020)
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James
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Exillior
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
As the blurb outlines, this is a historical intrigue/romance with a gay couple as the core characters, set in the 1300s mostly in England, Scotland and France. The queer rep includes: the two main characters are queer, there is another important character written as being sex averse aro/ace, a further male gay couple, some same-sex interactions between minor characters. Trigger warnings for: violence, war, murder, slave/captive situations, injury/maiming, cheating, bereavement, homophobia (view ...more
abi
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
oh alex de campi, i love you and your wholly inaccurate historical fiction
Teddy
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
6 June 2020:

3.5 or 4 stars, can't decide

This book was honestly really odd & somehow still ended up being enjoyable?? Some parts were well-researched, but it was also clear the author had no clue what chivalry actually was, or what medieval people considered to be sodomy -- also no mentions of ennobling love, but whatever. (Listen, I specialized in medieval history & I had to write about chivalry in depth for an entire year, I'm allowed to be picky!!!!) Not sure if I'd read it again, but it d
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Aldi
4.5 stars, rounded up because sometimes you gotta, and I'm going by level of emotional engagement. I picked this up on a complete whim after a very brief glance at the blurb and going "14th century Scotland? Hell yeah, let's go!", somehow managed to miss the fact that it's a queer romance as well as a historical (I know, I know, it's right there in the description), and as a consequence of this very inattentive book buying, was not prepared for the sizable onslaught of feels this story swept me ...more
Clea
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I huged the book, in my bed, feeling like crying.
I dont want to let go.

How much I love this book makes me so happy and so sad knowing that, now, I read it all.

It is so well written, so smart and entertaining and romantic. I absolutely adore it.

(It is also really sexy, the book is not erotica but know there is maybe 10 smut scenes and those boys are not chaste)

One of my best friend, with who I read this masterpiece, could tell you, I was loosing it.
Its rarer and rarer for me to find a book which
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Alex
I'm sort of hesitant to give a mostly negative review to a book that hasn't properly come out yet, but I was really, really disappointed by this book. I borrowed it from my dad, who got an early copy from helping to crowdfund it, so I didn't really know what it was going to be about, but I liked the premise of historical fiction set in 1300s England featuring a romance between two men. Unfortunately, the book executes this premise poorly, and ends up being a mediocre-to-bad romance novel with a ...more
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May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I got to read this epic historical m/m romance through the author's generosity in putting it up on thepigeonhole app. I spent a whole day completely immersed in Iain and Harry's story. It's the best sort of enemies to lovers romance that I need and full of passion that I want. You get to see Iain slowly trust Harry and see them both through the thick and thin of war. HEA guaranteed! ...more
Sonya
Sep 06, 2020 rated it liked it
An average read, it's more than just a m/m romance filled with politics, suspense and drama but the story could've been better,a little dissapointed as i had high hopes for this book :( ...more
M
I don't think I can be objective about this book because I loved it too much. It's a very long and immersive historical novel set in the fourteenth century and tells the story of a chivalrous English knight and a mysterious Scottish prisoner. There's a lot of intrigue and tournaments and violence and sex, but at its heart - it's an aching romance between two lost boys and I really, really enjoyed it. I could nitpick, because nothing's perfect, but I'm not going to. I think it was beautiful and I ...more
Ralia
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: trophies
I am privileged to read this book !!! 🙏🏽
Catalina
This was a bit of a chore to read. But I've signed up to read it(silly goose) so I had to keep at it.
A cross between a historical novel and a LGBT historical erotica(romance) novel. Set in England, around 1300, follows a country knight in his ascension to court and consequent "fall from grace" and his love story with the "Scottish boy". All on the background of political ministrations at the hand of more powerful knights and the beginning of the 100 years war.
A slow start where the writing see
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C.
Nov 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
Too. Much. Sex.

Also, I kept thinking it read like fanfiction, and then I go on here and find out I was right. It also explains why I hated the main character so much.

I did not care about the romance in this at all. There is zero actual romantic tension between the two main characters. There is just weirdly graphic sex.

Also, what exact was Scottish about Iain? He kept using the word Sassenach, and was described as fierce and wild and savage. Yay?!

I also have a feeling that A Knight's Tale was
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Haden
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
been waiting for this since i pledged on unbound and after that wait what a good time!! reads like a fic that deserves being the most popular/most rec'd au in a major fandom. can't speak to the historical accuracy but everything i know about medieval england i learned from a knight's tale or monty python so obviously i'm not the right person to ask.

it's fun and gay! what more could you ask for tbh
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Emily
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2020
This was SUCHHHH a total DELIGHT and I could NOT STOP YELLING about the SEXY FEALTY throughout, WOW!!!!! Genuinely super fun and I enjoyed myself 100%, WILL recommend, WILL be reading again.
Rachel Reid
This is a new all-time favourite for sure!
Caity C
Okay, so was this book a great feat of literature? No.

Was it all that accurate historically? No.

But did I somehow really enjoy it? Absolutely.

I did know going into this novel that it was an adapted Stucky fanfic, so my expectations were lower going in than an average novel. While it is obvious who's who, I do think the book was so different from the canon setting that it could stand on it's own. There was no straight up copies scenes like 50 shades did to Twilight.

The m/m romance at the centre w
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Ben Howard
this is perfection

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Claire (Silver Linings and Pages)

1333, England is at war with Scotland. Young Sir Harry de Lyon is summoned on a secret mission north to a dilapidated Scottish keep. The noblemen leave no survivors behind, and they capture a feral, emaciated boy who is given to Harry as his squire. With the weight of responsibility of his estates, tenants and debts, Harry is desperate to prove himself a worthy knight at court and jousting tournaments. A passion grows between the two young men, which along with the Scottish boy’s mysterious heri
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Maria Rasimova
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4,5 stars
Very nice book. I inhaled it in 2 days. I loved illustrations, that was a pleasant surprise and really helped me with imagining characters and their attire.
I’m not into history, it bores me out of my mind. So the part where Harry went to war was torture for me. Just the dry list of events with dates. I might skipped some part of it.

It also felt like novelty that sodomy was so forbidden that people were burnt. I mean, I know that there are still countries (especially Muslim countries)
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Abi Walton
I really think The Scottish Boy may be my favourite read so far in 2020 and that is saying something considering I have read some brilliant novels this year. Alex de Campi has written an intriguing beautiful book about the life of a country knight, Harry, in Devonshire in 1333 - 1340 who is made to look after a captured Scottish boy after England once again goes to war with Scotland.

We follow Harry and Iain as they grow up together first as close friends and finally as lovers and partners. It r
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Cleo
Aug 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion a cross between a Knights Tale and Captive Prince- with more blood, death and sex (yeah!)

Harry de Lyon is a young (19) squire, son of an impoverished Knight who died in battle against the Scots. Eager to prove himself, get some much needed money to fund his holdings and become a chivalrous knight like his father, he joins forces with a ruthless Knight, Baron Montagu on a secret mission in Scotland. Turns out this mission involves the kidnapping of a young scottish lad (even younger
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Agnes
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Agnes by: Stefanie
Almost 5 Stars from me.

The medieval setting hybridized with a modern language used in dialogues reminded me somehow of the movie A Knight's Tale and I loved it!
It was a very enjoyable, beautiful read with lots of climaxes and big dick energy - until the book just abruptly ended. The ending felt really sudden to me, which was kind of confusing and a bit disappointing. I think, I kind of missed the actual climax of the story.
In that sense, I'm giving the book 4 stars and hope de Campi's next book
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Mina
Aug 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
it’s mainly centered on harry, a 19-year-old 14th century country boi who prays a lot. i loved him a lot during the first half of the book (i loved Everything a lot during the first half), but things unfold in the second half and he becomes a little more dreary and sullen and Emo. he still prays a lot tho.

this was surprisingly hornier than i thought. the first couple bits were fun and cute but then wow these medieval boys really get off huh and my head is empty, eyes are glazed over, and i no l
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Devan
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From the moment I read the summary I knew this was going to be 100% my shit but wow. De Campi writes beautifully, evoking the setting in great detail and covering all the minutia one would expect of tournaments. But this kind of thing lives and dies by the characters and what characters they are. She does a great job of sketching out their personalities from the start and what's most impressive is how she gets their points of view even as it's locked in to Harry's. Like a good enemies-to-lovers
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Claire
I truly loved this novel, it had intrigue, romance, and sex galore as well as fighting and dirty politics as was consistent with the time of 1333.

This was another Pigeonhole read, one stave a day, and I so wanted to be able to read the whole thing in one hit, I woke each morning hoping that today's stave had been delivered early and I could read it before work. There was a lot of discussion during the read, which I quite enjoy and the majority of us really enjoyed it. There were however a few wh
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LibrarianMel
Sep 15, 2020 rated it liked it
So, I liked it, but it was much more...explicit...than I thought it would be. There are also a ton of anachronisms that took me out of the non-boinky parts. (For example, Harry thinks about being turned on a few times...people in the 1300s had no concept of on or off as relating to things working. It was distracting to me.) I did like that it was soapy and fun, though.
rubywednesday
Aug 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
This book's description is like my personal fictional content bingo card. I was so here for it.

My assesment is less favourable. it reads like YA with explicit sex. or like fic? it had good characters, a good concept but the pacing was so wildly inconsistent it made it hard to rate highly. it could have been two books. or one book with a different structure. it also had a couple of very annoying plot devices.

so yeah. it was fine. i won't reach for it again but the concept was neat enough that i
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Esther
May 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
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K_frost
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was not sure what to write or how many stars to give.
Because it's fun and easy to read, the kind of book you don't want to put down, although a bit trivial.
And I have no illusions about homosexuality in Medieval Times (Becket!!! XD), but it's sometimes too kitsch and also too unrealistic. A bit more historical credibility would not have harmed. Plus there're better sex scenes out there.
If I ever read annoying phrases containing "the boy" or "the man" does/looks/whatever in sex scenes again, I
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