• Lord Edward's Archer

  • By: Griff Hosker
  • Narrated by: Marston York
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (149 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Thirteenth century. Wales and England. To young Gruffyd, life has been unkind. Eking out a meagre living with his father, he has learned very quickly how to look after himself in the hostile borderlands. His father, an archer, has taught him well, and at 17 Gruffyd is a keen and able bowman. Young, loyal and skilled, it’s not long before Gruffyd finds himself following in his father’s footsteps, working as an archer in the bordering castle. But tragedy strikes when his lord commits a devastating deed, and Gruffyd is forced to make a life altering decision. This is the story of a young archer’s riotous journey from avenging outlaw to merchant’s bodyguard to, finally, the captain of archers for the heir to the throne.

©2019 Griff Hosker (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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"Medieval adventure with the pace and power of a war arrow in flight. Griff Hosker has sold over a million books and I can see why!" (Matthew Harffy)

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Well told story and superb narration but.....

But I am getting more than a little weary of the superhero qualities granted the English archer protagonists and his fellow band of brothers in so many historical fiction works these days. A little more realism would be appreciated. I enjoy superhuman feats as much as anyone but you know what they say about too much of a good thing. A little more Shakespeare and a little less Marvel or DC would make for e better reading, in "my book." Otherwise, I cannot complain because the character descriptions, fight scenes and overall plot development are outstanding, as is the flawless narration!

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Lots of Action!

This tale has lots of action and was well worth the price and time spent listening. I thoroughly enjoyed it an DC will purchase the next audio book.

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Another Great Hosker Historical Fiction

First in the series the archer takes on the name of his father to cover for the tragic misdeeds of the son. I find Hosker's story-telling to be up there with the greats of early British history. I'm on a seek and find mission to read all of this author's work. The English archers are an integral part of the history and the success of the long bow is an important feature. Excellent narration.

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I enjoyed listening to Gerald Warbow's story...

I enjoy reading historical fiction that brings a period of history to life. Griff Hosker, Lord Edward’s Archer, kept my interested. I really like the telling of Gerald Warbow’s story. I did find the author lacking in descriptive details and narration, but I really enjoyed his understanding of horses (coursers, rounceys, etc), bows, strategy, castles and much more of the time. Some reviews feel his protagonist is too strong, but I find that was the time. The long bow was a game changer for Medieval warfare. Before the long bow, knights were tanks and extremely hard to stop. At the time, many knights didn’t understand and thought archers were a dishonorable way to fight. I would really have liked to see more character development. I like that all his characters have descriptive names, but there backstory is limited. I really enjoyed the narrator Marston York. I wish he could have done the sequel King in Waiting, which Owen Front was the Narrator. The other narrator changed the feel of the story. I enjoyed this book and many others by Griff Hosker.

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Adventure

Hosker knows how to tell a story and York is a wonderful narrated. The only distraction was some bad grammar—like John and I really should be like John snd me. Don’t these people have editors? It has been my experience reading British novels that even medieval peasants spoke with decent grammar. Hosker has fallen to current culture where compound prepositional phrases seem to over correct to thinking I is more correct than me—and not know about subjective pronouns. Anyway, it happened several times. Otherwise surprisingly a fascinating adventure. I will read/listen to another.

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A Fun (Semi-Historical) Ride

“The Scots often didn’t wear shirts or armor.”

“The Scots often go without shoes.”

“My sword slashed through his mail.”

There are a handful of sentences like these which took me right out of the story. As a historian, it was very clear Hollywood had made an impression on the author, BUT this is an enjoyable flick, along the lines of something like Braveheart or Tombstone - historically incorrect, but very good nonetheless.

If I have a major complaint, it was the narrator. He often gave the main character no inflection in dialogue, so the book would seemingly go from first person narration to him talking to someone, and sometimes I couldn’t tell until another character responded. There are a few times where Gryffudd is supposed to be shouting or threatening someone, and it sounds like he’s asking the cashier at a gas station how their day was. Overall, I’ll give the next book a chance, because I have seen poor narrators improve, and I’m willing to see if that is what happens.

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epic adventure as always we would love to hear mo

love the narrator good job! bravo we will be patient and wait for the rest of the story!!

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great story and it kept me from getting bored. Ca

The narrative was very good and one felt as though they were right in the middle of the action.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-08-20

Love these books

They may seem a bit boys penis sometimes but they are highly. entertaining and that's what we want.

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  • David Tilley
  • 08-07-19

great storyline

looking forward to hearing the next installment, exploits and journey of Gerald Warbow with his band of brothers

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  • The Curator
  • 12-28-20

Not bad, not great

An enjoyable book set in an unfamiliar period to me so interesting politics. The narration is rather low key and so none of the characters really stood out but he makes a better fist of a variety of accents than many narrators.

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  • Roy H.
  • 11-19-19

An I BOOK

Struggling to find the right words to describe this book.
Hard to listen to hard to accept.
Will not be sorry not to listen to the likes of again.
Sorry.

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  • Steve
  • 02-07-22

Unexpected

Loved the story and learning the history of the era. An unexpected find and a pleasure to listen too. Marston York read it superbly with a good range of British accents and voices that helped draw you into the tale.
Learning about the life and skill of the British bowmen was interesting and had obviously been well researched by Griff Hosker.
I will be keeping a sharp eye out for more by mister Hosker and mister York.
A great book

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  • Suenosbuddy
  • 01-05-22

Great listen

It’s a great listen and so exciting all the way through its that good you feel you’re there .

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  • Michael banton
  • 09-26-21

Lord Edwards archers

Reading the series this is another good follow on with the narrater who brings it all alive

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  • Mair
  • 06-29-20

Fast Paced

Warbow is a great character and the plot, poor outlaw archer makes good, clips along apace. The narration is excellent and draws the reader in. Throughly enjoyed it.

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  • Sine
  • 05-19-20

Good story

Remembering who is who with old English naming style takes a while to get used to but it does not distract from the story line.

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  • Sweetheart1
  • 04-21-21

Don't bother

i am a huge fan of Griff but this book...utter rubbish. i love a good archer story...those guys deserve the recognition..but this one...**eye roll**

the main character is just 17...kills his lord..become an outlaw for 5 minutes..saves the princes life..becomes his captain of archers...all that with f*ck all experience as an archer and before his 18th bday. he is arrogant and unlikeable and i spent the entire experience wanting to put my hands around his throat and squeeze.
thankfully its the first in a series so i don't need to bother with with the rest.