Archer - one boy's fight against adversity to find friendship, romance and the generosity to love his enemy. Archer is the sort of boy things happen to. Orphaned as a baby, he has certain qualities that make him very different to all the other kids. He doesn't understand why he's so much stronger and faster than other boys his age, why a sword just feels right in his hand, or how he can fire an arrow at a target and it will hit the centre, even if his eyes are closed. He does know that he has to fight his friend Finn in a joust and compete against his best friend Fletch to see who is the most worthy. Whoever wins the competition will become King of the May, rewarded with fame, honour and plenty of female adoration. Edlyn has been a big thorn in Archer's side for many years and he will go to any lengths to win, but his lack of respect for the natural order has dangerous consequences. Archer is the only one who can save him, but after the way Edlyn has treated him, does he really want to?
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As so often happens with these things, Archer was born while I was in the middle of writing another book. Events were conspiring to ensure I wrote this book, the first was a trip to Warwick Castle where I stood enthralled with my friend Lindsey and our kids while the Warwick Bowman talked us through the history of the long bow. He treated us to the ultimate demonstration, firing 100 arrows in rapid succession through a loop of rope, approximately the size of a human head. I had also recently read the first two books in Bernard Cornwell's excellent Grail Quest series - these obviously made a big impact.I wrote an adult book called The Colour of Light and finished it with a sense of loss - I really wanted to spend some more time in that world with those characters. At the suggestion of a good friend, I decided that instead of writing a sequel, I would explore the kind of life experiences that made Archer who he was. Just in case the message wasn't fully drummed in, the publicity machine had started for the X-men spin-off movie Wolverine, the back story of another perfect soldier. I couldn't ignore all these messages from the universe, and 18 days and 56,000 words later, Archer's tale was told.About the Author:
Jacky Gray's first career was engineering and after 23 years writing software for telephone exchanges, she spent 10 years teaching children, occasionally introducing them to the delights of mathematics. She lives in the English Midlands with her husband and three children, where she enjoys all live entertainment, watches a lot of movies and some great TV shows like Merlin, Robin Hood, Dr Who, Ashes to Ashes and Being Human. She also listens to a lot of Journey and Queen and reads (apologies to the adverb police) voraciously, especially Lee Child, Jodi Picoult, Stephen King, Stephenie Meyer, J.K. Rowling, Preston/Child and Wilbur Smith. But her favourite author will always be the master of history, Bernard Cornwall.
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Book Description lulu.com, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1447548388