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Free Lance and The Field Of Blood

Written by Paul Stewart

Illustrated by Chris Riddell

Part of the Free Lance Series

Free Lance and The Field Of Blood Synopsis

Free Lance has had a good season, and has earned the right to compete in a major tournment for the first time in a long while. Soon all the money is on him to win. But the Duke makes him an offer he cant refuse - to lose to his own man. Just to complicate things, the Duke's niece begs Free Lance to defeat her uncle's henchman to save her from a brutal marriage - Free Lance always had a soft spot for a damsel in distress. Caught between a rock and a hard place, has our hero bitten off more than he can chew? Full of drama and humour, this swashbuckling fantasy adventure by two of the leading exponents of the genre, sees the return of an action hero who is both charismatic and mysterious, and told in a laconic, Marlowesque first person narrative. Certain to be enjoyed by all readers of THE EDGE CHRONICLES and Terry Pratchett, and those aspiring to read them. Part of a unique range of books aimed at 11+s that through integration of text and illustration are also accessible to those with reading abilities of as young as 8, produced in consultation with literacy consultant Wendy Cooling.

Free Lance and The Field Of Blood Press Reviews

The Free Lance books are a smashing mix of modern, wry humour and lots of manly fighting ... This new format ... will fit easily into blazer or coat pockets, so there's no embarrassment about being seen with a book in hand ... The book has a dynamic cover, all grit and grunt and comic line drawing illustrations. The language has a comic-book style narrative which is balanced with delightfully gross descriptions. There are plenty of short sentences to make the text accessible to the weaker reader, while there's enough humour and plot to keep better readers interested. There's even a teasing wench to add sex-appeal. If you're looking for a book to catch reluctant young teenage boy readers, this is for them. * The School Librarian * A great story full of excitement and humour and it's another opportunity to enjoy Chris Riddell's great line drawings. * Aldershot News and Mail * Offers nail-biting excitement ... Beautiful production and superb integration of illustration and story make this a very attractive book. * Times Educational Supplement * I love this story. Like THE EDGE CHRONICLES it has all the right ingredients: adventure, double dealing, and romance (luckily not too much), an exciting medieval setting and a surprise ending. Some of the illustrations are very funny too. * Thomas Batt, age 10, tBkmag * Designed to fit nicely into a pocket, it is compact and sprinkled liberally with black-and-white illustrations ... A cracking account of Free Lance ... Like the drawings, there are plenty of nice touches of humour, making this a good read ... for those of nine-plus who like their action dramatic and continuous. * Newbury Weekly News * Thrill-a-minute quests that are fraught with danger. They may be short on words but these great little books are jam-packed with excitement and double-dealing thrills. * Sunday Times * An absorbing read. * Junior *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780340874066
Publication date: 15th July 2004
Author: Paul Stewart
Illustrator: Chris Riddell
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 128 pages

About Paul Stewart

Paul Stewart was born in 1955 in London.  He is a graduate of Lancaster University and of the University of East Anglia's creative writing course. For several years he taught English as a foreign language in Sri Lanka. Returning to England, he continued teaching before becoming a full-time writer. His first book was published in 1988 and he has since worked for a number of publishers and had over fifty titles published. Paul Stewart lives in Brighton with his wife, a primary school teacher, and their two children.

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