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Rise of a Champion (Legend of the Cid Book 1)

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Antonio Perez is the son of a knight and a returning war hero, yet he loathes the idea of following in his father’s footsteps. But when his father is executed for alleged treason against Fernando, King of Leon-Castile, he launches a desperate bid to save his life and clear his name. Antonio soon learns that the world is much crueller and darker than he ever could have imag ...more
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Paul Bennett
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Antonio Perez is the son of a knight and a returning war hero, yet he loathes the idea of following in his father’s footsteps. But when his father is executed for alleged treason against Fernando, King of Leon-Castile, he launches a desperate bid to save his life and clear his name. Antonio soon learns that the world is much crueller and darker than he ever could have imagined.

Bereft of hope and condemned to slavery for his sins, he finds himself in the household of a young knight named Rod
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Nathan
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great novel

A great read! What can be mistaken for a slow start turns into the foundation of a great novel! An interesting book covering a subject not often written in English. Highly recommended for those interested in the times of El Cid
Stacy Townend
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the pleasure to read & review this book prior to publication. Great book very well written, a look at the history & cultural heritage of Spain. A great read colourful , strong characters, great p!ot, the early life of El Cid, his childhood, struggling to be accepted by his father, betrayal, death, life on the run leading to crime & murder, his capture, and the story & plot unfolds around him. Well done looking forward to book 2 & 3 in the series. Glad you put pen to paper
Nightwatch Publishing
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An enjoyable read. The first book in a promising new series, regarding the story of El Cid, the famous historical military leader and national hero from Spain. The first book is of the quality of The Saxon Stories (The Last Kingdom) by Bernard Cornwell. The story tells of El Cid's youth and start to his famous path. There is plenty of action, twists, and changes of fortune which keep the story and main character engaging to the end. The quality of the historical detail and knowledge is as good a ...more
Amy  McElroy
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rudge has created a fascinating story based on the legend of El Cid and this first book introduces us to Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar (El Cid) through the eyes of Antonio Perez who finds himself in the service of Rodrigo on his journey to avenge his father.
There is some gruesome scenes but I found them very well written and the final battle scene was so good! I was trying to read faster and faster so I could find out what happens to the individuals I'd come to really like!

This is the first book publis
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David Baird
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Antonio is book smart.. he’s not like his father, a war hero, and he’s got very little common with his brother too. Little does he know his life is soon to change and his strengths and weaknesses will be put to the test.

For Antonio life is simple.. he loves to learn and only has eyes for 2 things.. books and Jimena, the daughter of a local count.

Things are not meant to be easy for Antonio and he is to be separated from the girl he yearns for.. he’s going to learn to be a fighter one way or anoth
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Mercedes Rochelle
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
As expected from the title of this book, we see a young and untried Antonio Perez, son of a man who was betrayed, arrested, and hung as a traitor. Not a very auspicious start for a champion! At first, Antonio seems an unlikely hero; he is scrawny, he hates his sword training, he is not particularly courageous, and he is lost—in more ways than one. His older brother Inigo, vicious and skillful, takes charge and leads him and his cousin on an ill-fated journey to avenge their father and uncle. All ...more
Terry Rudge
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I rarely leave reviews. Not my thing.

But I genuinely enjoyed this read. Was great fun to read a different historical event, and not the usual run of the mill books set in Rome. I did find the first 20 percent a bit of a grind but the book accelerated into an exciting read, chapter by chapter. I wish the final battle scenes were a bit more varied in description and paced a little better. But for a debut novel, this really is a great read.
Paul Harris
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very good

A very good plot and fast moving. Enjoyed the historical description and would recommend reading it. Look for ward to the next instalment.
Helen Hollick
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
In a medieval castle in Asturias, the young Antonio Perez is doing his daily work-out, bashing a post with a practise sword. He is fifteen, the younger son of Pedro Valdez, a famous knight and war-hero. Problem is, Antonio doesn’t want to be a knight, he dreams of being a priest—well, except when his heart sort of leaps at the sight of the fair Jimena, daughter to the count of Oviedo.

What Antonio may or may not want out of life becomes irrelevant when his father and uncle are framed for treason.
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Stuart Rudge was born and raised in Middlesbrough, where he still lives. His love of history came from his father and uncle, both avid readers of history, and his love of table top war gaming and strategy video games. He studied Ancient History and Archaeology at Newcastle University, and has spent his fair share of time in muddy trenches, digging up treasure at Bamburgh Castle.

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