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When creatures that lurk in the dark dare to venture out into the world, lives are changed forever. Conrad lives a quiet rural life with his parents in the Northlands. During one fated night, his world is turned on its head, as nightmares become reality. While his Northlands blood cries out for revenge, Conrad’s head tells him surviving is the best he can do. Rescued by a mo When creatures that lurk in the dark dare to venture out into the world, lives are changed forever. Conrad lives a quiet rural life with his parents in the Northlands. During one fated night, his world is turned on its head, as nightmares become reality. While his Northlands blood cries out for revenge, Conrad’s head tells him surviving is the best he can do. Rescued by a motley band of mercenaries, Conrad embarks on a life he could have barely imagined –squire to the men who saved him. As new challenges, friends, and enemies present themselves, Conrad knows that one day he will have to face the evil that so altered his life, and when that day comes, he will need to be ready.


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When creatures that lurk in the dark dare to venture out into the world, lives are changed forever. Conrad lives a quiet rural life with his parents in the Northlands. During one fated night, his world is turned on its head, as nightmares become reality. While his Northlands blood cries out for revenge, Conrad’s head tells him surviving is the best he can do. Rescued by a mo When creatures that lurk in the dark dare to venture out into the world, lives are changed forever. Conrad lives a quiet rural life with his parents in the Northlands. During one fated night, his world is turned on its head, as nightmares become reality. While his Northlands blood cries out for revenge, Conrad’s head tells him surviving is the best he can do. Rescued by a motley band of mercenaries, Conrad embarks on a life he could have barely imagined –squire to the men who saved him. As new challenges, friends, and enemies present themselves, Conrad knows that one day he will have to face the evil that so altered his life, and when that day comes, he will need to be ready.

30 review for The Squire

  1. 4 out of 5

    Duncan Hamilton

    Not a review - just a placeholder where I can post some updates to keep you all informed of how things are progressing! 27-4-21 The Squire is out today! You can pick up a copy over at Amazon. I hope you enjoy it! 24-3-21 At last, I have the cover finalised! I hope you like it! The Squire will be out on 27 April! 14-3-21 I can't believe I've left it so long since updating! I've had some delays on the cover front hence no cover image up, but the book is long finished, and the ARCs have been sent out. Not a review - just a placeholder where I can post some updates to keep you all informed of how things are progressing! 27-4-21 The Squire is out today! You can pick up a copy over at Amazon. I hope you enjoy it! 24-3-21 At last, I have the cover finalised! I hope you like it! The Squire will be out on 27 April! 14-3-21 I can't believe I've left it so long since updating! I've had some delays on the cover front hence no cover image up, but the book is long finished, and the ARCs have been sent out. Everything is still on track for an early April release! 18-12-20 I've just sent the draft of The Squire for its first proofread. I'm aiming for an April 2021 release, and so far everything is on track. I'm teaming up with the folks at Audible Studios for the audio on this trilogy. I'll share more details as soon as I have them!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and once I started it I couldn’t put it down, I was immediately drawn in the the story and the fate of the main characters and I just needed to know what was going to happen next. I like the cross overs into other books from the same author and how a bigger story is developing and that each series of books is a separate part of. So much so that I have gone back to the Wolf of the North series and started book 2 which has been sitting in my Kindle waiting to b Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and once I started it I couldn’t put it down, I was immediately drawn in the the story and the fate of the main characters and I just needed to know what was going to happen next. I like the cross overs into other books from the same author and how a bigger story is developing and that each series of books is a separate part of. So much so that I have gone back to the Wolf of the North series and started book 2 which has been sitting in my Kindle waiting to be read. Without spoilers its a rollercoaster from the start for a young lad plucked from his normal life into a world outside of his village and taken under the wing of new friends where he learns new skills and more about himself as the story progresses. Can’t wait for the next one!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    May

    Seriously so excited any time I get one of these arcs. I love Hamilton’s books and although I did not connect as well to this main character as I have his other older ones I really liked his story and am excited to get more from middle sea. I think the magic system is interesting and the side characters play really well. Older soldiers who have lots to teach and rough edges, will definitely read the rest and look forward to the next book eagerly.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shuggi849aol.Com

    I was given this as an ARC for an honest review, I will attempt to leave out any spoilers. For any Eddings fans there is a lot of familiarity with Garion, before the Bel part. The magic isn't as out there but in this first book centres more around amulets than anything else. Our main protagonist is Conrad, first introduced living in the Northlands with his family, at this stage you only know that he's not an adult but it isn't until later that you find out that he's only 12/13, so the reader sho I was given this as an ARC for an honest review, I will attempt to leave out any spoilers. For any Eddings fans there is a lot of familiarity with Garion, before the Bel part. The magic isn't as out there but in this first book centres more around amulets than anything else. Our main protagonist is Conrad, first introduced living in the Northlands with his family, at this stage you only know that he's not an adult but it isn't until later that you find out that he's only 12/13, so the reader should know that this is more a "coming of age" but not a young adult. No sex,no graphic fighting/death & as far as I can remember no profanity. No great surprises & no plot twists that you are totally surprised by, although one of the "team" dying was unexpected. I did the feel that the academy could have been filled out a bit more, possibly not so much emphasis on the names for the numerous sword moves & positions - no idea if these are actually real! Or if you are going to then explain what each position is designed for, otherwise it's just a lot of names that sound french/italian. Not sure how many are going to be in the series but my interest is piqued enough that I look forward to the next one.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Miss S

    5 stars all the way for this latest novel, I was enthralled from the start to the end, I really connected with the characters and the plot and cannot wait to find out what happens next for Conrad and the group. The Squire is a book to lose yourself in, for me it was like watching a film in my mind that I did not want to end. Its a coming of age story for Conrad, secrets hidden in the past coming back to haunt the future, sword fighting, demons and magic all combined in the best of ways and not a 5 stars all the way for this latest novel, I was enthralled from the start to the end, I really connected with the characters and the plot and cannot wait to find out what happens next for Conrad and the group. The Squire is a book to lose yourself in, for me it was like watching a film in my mind that I did not want to end. Its a coming of age story for Conrad, secrets hidden in the past coming back to haunt the future, sword fighting, demons and magic all combined in the best of ways and not as you might expect I highly recommend giving this a read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Randall Williamson

    It is set in the same world as Society of the Sword and Wolf of the North series, combining some elements of each. Magic is really coming to the forefront in this series. There are a lot of questions raised and a lot of mystery in this book. You get enough information and answers to want more. I read the book over the course of two (very long) evenings. Once I started it was hard to stop. The wait for book 2 is going to be agonizing. Overall it was a very enjoyable and entertaining book, openin It is set in the same world as Society of the Sword and Wolf of the North series, combining some elements of each. Magic is really coming to the forefront in this series. There are a lot of questions raised and a lot of mystery in this book. You get enough information and answers to want more. I read the book over the course of two (very long) evenings. Once I started it was hard to stop. The wait for book 2 is going to be agonizing. Overall it was a very enjoyable and entertaining book, opening the door to what all is to come. I received an ARC.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    This story had everything I was looking for in a fantasy novel! Magic - check! Draugr - check! Coming of age Hero - check! Mystery - check! Nice world building - check! Good supporting characters - check! Page-turning plot - check! Honestly, the only thing I didn't like about this book is the sequel is not available yet. I was given this as an ARC for an honest review and read it with great pleasure and thanks. This story had everything I was looking for in a fantasy novel! Magic - check! Draugr - check! Coming of age Hero - check! Mystery - check! Nice world building - check! Good supporting characters - check! Page-turning plot - check! Honestly, the only thing I didn't like about this book is the sequel is not available yet. I was given this as an ARC for an honest review and read it with great pleasure and thanks.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bradd L.

    I read “The Squire” as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy). The story hooks you from the very beginning. Without giving away any spoilers, the world of touches on magic, monsters, gods and royalty. As the story progresses, some questions are answered while more are posed, enticing the reader to turn the page. I am looking forward to the next book of the series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    Another great story in Duncan's exciting adventure driven world. I really enjoyed this one and look forward to reading what's coming up next in the series. I love the multiverse he is creating with his novels and how they all connect in one way or another. It gives a sense of familiarity when you pick up a new book. Another great story in Duncan's exciting adventure driven world. I really enjoyed this one and look forward to reading what's coming up next in the series. I love the multiverse he is creating with his novels and how they all connect in one way or another. It gives a sense of familiarity when you pick up a new book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alex D.

    Another great story, further expanding Hamilton's world with more wonderful characters, dangerous magic, and plenty of twists. I love the nuggets of familiarity with his other books, reminding me that this fun and imaginative world deserves not only the expansion Hamilton is giving it with every new story, but also revisiting the originals every once in a while. It's time to dust off The Wolf of the North and start again while I patiently wait for the next in the Blood of Kings series! Another great story, further expanding Hamilton's world with more wonderful characters, dangerous magic, and plenty of twists. I love the nuggets of familiarity with his other books, reminding me that this fun and imaginative world deserves not only the expansion Hamilton is giving it with every new story, but also revisiting the originals every once in a while. It's time to dust off The Wolf of the North and start again while I patiently wait for the next in the Blood of Kings series!

  11. 4 out of 5

    William Hutchison

    One of the most enjoyable things about this book is that it continues to add to the Middle Sea world without getting bogged down in trying to connect one trilogy to every other one. In a wonderful approach to world-building, there is enough fan-service to touch on favorite characters and events from other books, and plenty of depth added to the lore of the common world, but a new reader could start here as easily as they could the first books in the other trilogies. Beyond this, the story flows One of the most enjoyable things about this book is that it continues to add to the Middle Sea world without getting bogged down in trying to connect one trilogy to every other one. In a wonderful approach to world-building, there is enough fan-service to touch on favorite characters and events from other books, and plenty of depth added to the lore of the common world, but a new reader could start here as easily as they could the first books in the other trilogies. Beyond this, the story flows quickly and keeps you turning page after page until you run out of pages and are left waiting for the next book in the trilogy. Another excellent addition to the fantasy genre.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kim Hine

    I had the pleasure of reading this as an ARC. Thanks again, Duncan. The Squire I thoroughly enjoyed being drawn into the adventures (and misadventures) of the small band of mismatched mercenaries and Conrad, the young farm boy they saved. With thoroughly relatable characters; vivid descriptions of lands, animals, people, and environments; combined with a wonderful story and sub-plots that will keep you guessing, I highly recommend this tale to everyone. Can't wait for the next instalment, Duncan. I had the pleasure of reading this as an ARC. Thanks again, Duncan. The Squire I thoroughly enjoyed being drawn into the adventures (and misadventures) of the small band of mismatched mercenaries and Conrad, the young farm boy they saved. With thoroughly relatable characters; vivid descriptions of lands, animals, people, and environments; combined with a wonderful story and sub-plots that will keep you guessing, I highly recommend this tale to everyone. Can't wait for the next instalment, Duncan.

  13. 5 out of 5

    MR JONTY

    The story is told by Conrad, the boy from the North whose parents are killed by a demon. His encounter with that demon shapes his future in multiple ways. Luckily for Conrad he is rescued and adopted by a passing group of banneret mercenaries who are trying to earn a living. After taking them under their wing he starts to learn how to be a warrior. The mercenaries are honest, good fighters but somewhat inept, and end up being shunted between employers on jobs that go wrong , until they end up wo The story is told by Conrad, the boy from the North whose parents are killed by a demon. His encounter with that demon shapes his future in multiple ways. Luckily for Conrad he is rescued and adopted by a passing group of banneret mercenaries who are trying to earn a living. After taking them under their wing he starts to learn how to be a warrior. The mercenaries are honest, good fighters but somewhat inept, and end up being shunted between employers on jobs that go wrong , until they end up working for a princess. Between his pre-training to be a banneret, Conrad joins the mercenaries through various adventures as his part in the rise of the demons and their symbols becomes clear. And the it ends on a cliffhanger, awaiting the next book in the series...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Stephen

    Another exceptional book by Duncan!! I love reading his books as the characters are very relatable and I can’t put the book down once I start. I was happy to return to northlands where his other series take place. This is another must read and I can’t wait for book #2!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Xavier

    An enjoyable fantasy romp. As a fan of medieval fantasy but one who hasn't read an extraordinaire amount of books in the genre, this one I found enjoyable, if not truly great. The book has a good amount of action, character development for the protagonist and just a little bit for the rest of the cast. The best part of the book is Conrad, the protagonist. The narrative really gets you invested in his journey from a young boy with dreams of being a warrior to a Squire who has to constantly be aware An enjoyable fantasy romp. As a fan of medieval fantasy but one who hasn't read an extraordinaire amount of books in the genre, this one I found enjoyable, if not truly great. The book has a good amount of action, character development for the protagonist and just a little bit for the rest of the cast. The best part of the book is Conrad, the protagonist. The narrative really gets you invested in his journey from a young boy with dreams of being a warrior to a Squire who has to constantly be aware of his limitations. I found him likable and his growth is endearing and interesting. Some of the book's weaknesses might be that it lacked some big emotional moments (with some exceptions) and its twists rarely surprised me too much. I also disliked that we don't get to know too much about the cast of characters aside from the protagonist. What little we get is good, but not enough. It feels like wasted potential. To give an analogy, I feel this book might be a bit like comfort food: you don't expect an explosion of flavor or anything truly new for your palate, but it's good stuff that you've enjoyed for years. If you enjoy the usual tropes that come with this genre, you'll probably have a good time but don't expect a masterpiece. 4/5

  16. 4 out of 5

    cnmrph

    Brilliantly constructed a wonderful story line and really well written - I highly recommend The Squire to any reader.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jeremyf

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. First of all, I love that this book is set in the same world as the previous books of the time frame. Such a great world filled with excellent detail. Some spoilers here but not too many. The focus on Conrad, a farm boy, and not the bannerettes or royalty made me wonder if the kid was a witness to everything that will and did happen, or is central to the story. That gets clarified towards the end of this book, but also leaves us wanting to know more about the group that Conrad rolls with. I didn First of all, I love that this book is set in the same world as the previous books of the time frame. Such a great world filled with excellent detail. Some spoilers here but not too many. The focus on Conrad, a farm boy, and not the bannerettes or royalty made me wonder if the kid was a witness to everything that will and did happen, or is central to the story. That gets clarified towards the end of this book, but also leaves us wanting to know more about the group that Conrad rolls with. I didn’t feel there was any real deep development with the four banneretes or Heidi, who are all really interesting characters. Of course the lack of development has to do with this being book 1 of a series, so I ain’t even mad. It’s a fantastic story, and the pace is always moving forward. It’s also a meaty book with plenty of pages to devour...the best kind. The baddies have appeared before in other books by Hamilton, but by different names. A nice bit of attention to detail being that each series touches on different countries and regions and each culture calls the same monsters by different names. Lots of death and loss in this book, so get that handkerchief ready. Duncan Hamilton knows how to tell a tale the right way and I was fortunate to have gotten an advanced readers copy early on. My sincere thanks, and hats off to an amazing storyteller.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    I received this book as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy). As with all of Duncan's boks this really draws you into the world where the majority of Duncan's books are set. From the get-go we see links to his previous books, but no prior reading is required. The tale follows a young man who is dropped into a world he is completely unprepared for yet determined to give a good accounting of himself; motivated by his desire to be useful to the people who saved him and to eventually get his revenge. The st I received this book as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy). As with all of Duncan's boks this really draws you into the world where the majority of Duncan's books are set. From the get-go we see links to his previous books, but no prior reading is required. The tale follows a young man who is dropped into a world he is completely unprepared for yet determined to give a good accounting of himself; motivated by his desire to be useful to the people who saved him and to eventually get his revenge. The story is fast paced and draws you in, as with the authors other works you tend to keep reading until you're done. Then all that's left is to await the release of the next book in the series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Bandy

    I was given this book for an honest review. The first few chapters nearly drove me to give this book 3 stars. I felt like I was in quick sand trying to move yet stuck in the same spot. Duncan is very descriptive in all his stories. Especially at the beginning and I like a little dialogue inserted to hook me in more. But in all, the descriptions were necessary to set up this book and maybe the sequels too. The characters are great and there is a loss that was sad but I think if there was more int I was given this book for an honest review. The first few chapters nearly drove me to give this book 3 stars. I felt like I was in quick sand trying to move yet stuck in the same spot. Duncan is very descriptive in all his stories. Especially at the beginning and I like a little dialogue inserted to hook me in more. But in all, the descriptions were necessary to set up this book and maybe the sequels too. The characters are great and there is a loss that was sad but I think if there was more interaction between the main character and the deceased it would have tugged at the heart strings more. A lot of creativity, a rich plot, and a beautiful thought out fantasy land. Duncan never leaves you wondering what the scenery and surroundings look like. He’s very descriptive. I would definitely recommend this book. I love when an author uses words that I have to look up in the dictionary. It adds to the mystery of the plot. I enjoyed the characters and the faces they wore. They had a soft and compassionate side and then a “don’t mess with me side.” One part that I was ecstatic about was bringing in characters from his other books. I gave this book a 4 but it was really a 4.7. I can’t wait to read the next one! (Is this what the actual cover will look like?)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Craig McCarter

    Absolutely love this new tale and series by Duncan Hamilton! The Squire is an grand adventure from start to finish! Set in his familiar fantasy world, Hamilton weaves the story of a young lad who, after suffering great tragedy, takes of the mantle of a squire to a company of soldiers. That is all of the spoilers I will give. This story and series is a must read for the medium fantasy lover! Great job Mr. Hamilton! I can't wait for the next installment! Absolutely love this new tale and series by Duncan Hamilton! The Squire is an grand adventure from start to finish! Set in his familiar fantasy world, Hamilton weaves the story of a young lad who, after suffering great tragedy, takes of the mantle of a squire to a company of soldiers. That is all of the spoilers I will give. This story and series is a must read for the medium fantasy lover! Great job Mr. Hamilton! I can't wait for the next installment!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Donald Patch

    Once again, Duncan doesn’t disappoint. I read the book in one day, it is impossible to put down. The main character is a simple farm boy, and the story about his sudden immersion into the world of the bannerets is yet another facet to Duncan’s writing. I’ll be impatiently awaiting the next book in the series!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Eric Ackerson

    I’ve been enjoying reading Duncan Hamilton’s books for quite some time. I get lost the common world that the series are set in and the character development is such that I feel I know the characters personally by the end. The Squire shares this other thing in common with the rest, it ends too soon! Thanks for a good read!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Le Ann Haverty

    This author just keeps enthralling the reader with a story that you just can't put down! This story captivates the reader and indeed, pulls you into story as you ride along with the characters. Definitely a thumbs up read! Can't wait for the next book! I am adding this book to my personal library and clearing the shelf for the books to come. This author just keeps enthralling the reader with a story that you just can't put down! This story captivates the reader and indeed, pulls you into story as you ride along with the characters. Definitely a thumbs up read! Can't wait for the next book! I am adding this book to my personal library and clearing the shelf for the books to come.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gary Calladine

    What a fantastic read, I am not a fast reader but I managed to finish in two days as I was so gripped by the story of Conrad, I read late into the night and from early morning for I left for work. I am a man of few words and all I can really say is awesome. I can not wait for the next book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carlyn Lambert

    I absolutely love the writing of Duncan Hamilton! This coming of age book is no exception. The characters were well defined and interesting. The women were portrayed as competent and intraday to the plot. I am very much looking forward to the next book. Just a really fun read!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Philip

    I received this book as an ARC. Another solid fantasy book from the author, taking place in the same world as his Wolf in the North series, which is very similar and which I greatly enjoyed as well. Hamilton’s strength is in his characters, creating believable characters with strong backstories, desires, and flaws. This book is no exception, with a young main character searching for his place in the world, a supporting group of mercenaries each with their own quirks, and well developed adversari I received this book as an ARC. Another solid fantasy book from the author, taking place in the same world as his Wolf in the North series, which is very similar and which I greatly enjoyed as well. Hamilton’s strength is in his characters, creating believable characters with strong backstories, desires, and flaws. This book is no exception, with a young main character searching for his place in the world, a supporting group of mercenaries each with their own quirks, and well developed adversaries. Overall an enjoyable read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    If you've read any of Duncan's other works, the world is immediately familiar. Additionally, if you've read any of his other works, the compelling need to keep reading until the book is done should also be familiar. It seems to be the latest, chronologically, of all of his books set in the Middle Sea world. The action picks up essentially immediately, and flows from there. As always, the characters are relatable and believable. Another reviewer has it right, the worst part about this book is goin If you've read any of Duncan's other works, the world is immediately familiar. Additionally, if you've read any of his other works, the compelling need to keep reading until the book is done should also be familiar. It seems to be the latest, chronologically, of all of his books set in the Middle Sea world. The action picks up essentially immediately, and flows from there. As always, the characters are relatable and believable. Another reviewer has it right, the worst part about this book is going to be the wait for the next one.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amber Dean

    I was pretty excited to start this new series,set in Duncan’s Middle Sea world, and after reading it the only disappointment I feel, is that I have to wait to find out what happens in the next books!! He has quickly become one of my top 10 favorite authors. Those spots are reserved for authors that make me stay up reading because I can’t just stop after just one more chapter and the next thing I know it’s 6 a.m. and the book is finished.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bookish_mai

    A new series 🤩🤍

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tom Moore

    Another good read by Duncan Hamilton. I love that he is consistently good in his stories with a good story line, plenty of action, suspense and interesting characters. If you haven't read any of his books do yourself a favor and start. Another good read by Duncan Hamilton. I love that he is consistently good in his stories with a good story line, plenty of action, suspense and interesting characters. If you haven't read any of his books do yourself a favor and start.

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