Freedom's Sword, A Novel of Scotland

Freedom's Sword, A Novel of Scotland

ABOUT J.R. Tomlin

J.R. Tomlin
I write historical novels set in Scotland during its bloody war of independence and co-write fantasies with C. R. Daems.


Before William Wallace, before Robert the Bruce, there was another Scottish hero...

In 1296, newly knighted by the King of the Scots, Andrew de Moray fights to defend his country against the forces of the ruthless invader, King Edward Longshanks of England. After a bloody defeat in battle, he is dragged in chains to an English dungeon.

Soon the young knight escapes. He returns to find Scotland under the heel of a conqueror and his betrothed sheltering in the hills of the Black Isle. Seizing his own castle from the English, he raises the banner of Scottish freedom. Now he must lead the north of Scotland to rebellion in hope of defeating the English army sent to crush them.

In 1296, the English king, Edward Longshanks, determined to conquer Scotland. Freedom's Sword is the story of Sir Andrew de Moray and the Scots' desperate fight for freedom.

Review by Jill Beamis posted on Smashwords:
The price of Scotland’s freedom from the King of England is paid for with blood, sweat and tears of those willing to sacrifice everything for love of country. 

This is a fast paced adventure story that tells the struggle of those willing to fight to free Scotland from the rule of the King of England in the 13th century. Andrew de Moray is forced to fight for his life and country after he and other key players in the Scottish royalty and military are killed or taken prisoner fighting the English army. Caitrina, who ends up marrying Moray, provides a tender and humanizing balance to the violence of war. This fast paced tale includes descriptions and depth of character that make the reader believe that they are witnessing history as it is happening.

Author J.R. Tomlin researched culture, locations, language and participants to accurately portray events in this well written historical docudrama. The inclusion of strong male and female characters allowed the author to present the struggle for freedom and the personal toll that war in the Middle Ages had on Scotland’s population.