By My Sword Alone

David Black

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It’s my spot on the By My Sword Alone Book Tour! By My Sword Alone weaves together a wondrous part-historical and part-fictional account of the political machinations of kings, ministers and those who wish to turn the tide.


The Battle of Glenshiel, 1719. Thirteen-year-old James Lindsay watches the action unfold as the Jacobite forces supported by his family are defeated. For the rebels, it is the beginning of the end. But for James, forever marked by the battle, it is truly just the beginning.

Later, forced to flee Scotland, James finds himself on the European mainland and eventually in the Roman palace of his own ‘king’. There, he experiences all kinds of adventure, from the romantic to the brutal. Chastened by time and experience, he gradually loses the naivety of youth and takes a more mercenary approach as the great events of history unfold.

Yet all the while, he is aware of developing philosophies and how they are extending, slowly, into the lives of men and women – and monarchs. On he battles, through the Age of Enlightenment – until he meets a woman who challenges everything …

By My Sword Alone is a striking blend of historical novel and psychological profile that immerses readers in the thought, politics and bloodshed of eighteenth-century Europe. It will please David Black’s many fans and likely win him many more.


David Black admits that he has taken artistic licence with some of the plot of this but I love it when that happens. Most of what happens in this book is historical fact, as are some of the characters. James Lindsay, the third son of a Scottish nobleman is not one of those people. His family are fictional too. I think though, it made the book more compelling, Black makes a very turbulent time during the beginning of the eighteenth-century much more interesting by introducing us to Lindsay. His escapades will have you wondering how on earth he managed to fit everything in. It is his writing, that draws you in and makes you want to find out what happens to our dashing Scottish hero. I really enjoyed this book, I love historical fiction at the best of the times but even more so when I can place actual figures and places into the story. I did have to read up on my order of kings as it had completely left my head when I started reading and I couldn’t get my bearings on the timeline! 

David Black does a great job of jumping from scene to scene with the explanation of what happened after. It did throw me at first but I soon got used to it! 

A great look on the past, with intrigue, plots to overthrow kings and an escape with a princess (who wasn’t very grateful, I might add). 

Thanks to Love Book Tours, David Black and Lume Books for the copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. 

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