Sword and Scimitar
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What to expect
SWORD AND SCIMITAR is the gripping tale of the Great Siege of Malta from Simon Scarrow, bestselling author of the Eagles of the Empire series. A must read for fans of Conn Iggulden and Robert Harris.
1565, Malta: a vital outpost between the divided nations of Europe and the relentlessly expanding Ottoman Empire. Faced with ferocious attack by a vast Turkish fleet, the knights of the Order of St John fear annihilation. Amongst those called to assist is disgraced veteran Sir Thomas Barrett. Loyalty and instinct compel him to put the Order above all other concerns, yet his allegiance is divided. At Queen Elizabeth’s command, he must search for a hidden scroll, guarded by the knights, that threatens her reign.
As Sir Thomas confronts the past that cost him his honour and a secret that has long lain buried, a vast enemy army arrives to lay siege to the island…
‘[A] gripping tale of the Great Siege of Malta . . . Ferocious and compelling it is a story of blood, romance and sacrifice. As the people fight for their homeland dark secrets emerge which threaten their survival’ ****Daily Express
This lively, absorbing novel will not disappointThe Sunday Times
Praise for Simon Scarrow’s other novels: ‘I really don’t need this kind of competition… It’s a great read‘Bernard Cornwell
Scarrow’s [novels] rank with the bestIndependent
A satisfyingly bloodthirsty, bawdy romp…perfect for Bernard Cornwell addicts who will relish its historical detail and fast-paced action. Storming stuffGood Book Guide
Gripping and movingThe Times