The Sword and the Scimitar

Author(s): Simon Scarrow

Historic novels

Bestselling author Simon Scarrow brings the Great Siege of Malta to vivid and unforgettable life in this gripping standalone novel. 1565, Malta: a vital outpost between the divided nations of Europe and the relentlessly expanding Ottoman Empire. Faced with ferocious attack by a vast Turkish fleet, the knights of the Order of St John fear annihilation. Amongst those called to assist is disgraced veteran Sir Thomas Barrett. Loyalty and instinct compel him to put the Order above all other concerns, yet his allegiance is divided. At Queen Elizabeth's command, he must search for a hidden scroll, guarded by the knights, that threatens her reign. As Sir Thomas confronts the past that cost him his honour and a secret that has long lain buried, a vast enemy army arrives to lay siege to the island...


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The Sunday Times bestselling author turns his fantastic writing talent to one of the bloodiest and most fiercely contested sieges in history, and tells an epic tale of romance, danger, and, ultimately, sacrifice

[T]his lively, absorbing novel will not disappoint * Sunday Times * Gripping and moving * The Times * A satisfyingly bloodthirsty, bawdy romp...perfect for Bernard Cornwell addicts who will relish its historical detail and fast-paced action. Storming stuff * Good Book Guide * Scarrow's [novels] rank with the best * Independent * Praise for Simon Scarrow's other novels: 'I really don't need this kind of competition... It's a great read' * Bernard Cornwell * This lively, absorbing novel will not disappoint * The Sunday Times * '[A] gripping tale of the Great Siege of Malta . . . Ferocious and compelling it is a story of blood, romance and sacrifice. As the people fight for their homeland dark secrets emerge which threaten their survival' **** * Daily Express *

Simon Scarrow is a former teacher who now devotes himself to writing full time. He lives outside Norwich with his family.

General Fields

  • : 9780755358380
  • : Headline Publishing Group
  • : Headline Book Publishing
  • : March 2013
  • : 198x131mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : April 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 823.92
  • : 592
  • : Maps
  • : Simon Scarrow