• "A fine retelling of the travels and battles of one Francisco de Montcada"

    Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland
  • "'The thinking man's swashbuckler, a ripping yarn that packs a cerebral wallop as well'"

    Steven Pressfield, author of Gates of Fire
  • "'An impressive debut'"

  • "''s a bloodthirsty, but gripping tale, told with the authority of someone who has thoroughly researched his subject'"

    Yorkshire Post
  • "''an impressive achievement'"

    Mail on Sunday