Two kings, Three young soldiers. One battle to end all battles.
Eager to prove his courage and defend his family honour, young Irish noble Gerald O'Connor rides his warhorse Troy north in King James's cavalry.
Brothers Robert and Daniel Sherrard march south from the once-besieged city of Derry with King William's army.
The chosen field of battle - the Boyne - lies waiting, where victory will decide who rules the lands of England, and of Ireland.
And the fighting will decide who survives the deadly game of war.
a great storyNI4Kids
how to engage today's children with tales of 300-year-old battles, however, is a challenge, but one that Nicola Pierce is more than equal toEvening Echo
A seamless fusion of fact and fiction with really great characterisation. A well written book that links good dialogue and crisp engaging, characterisation with a tangible Irish history. The narrative is engaging and will surely appeal to young readers in this age group - especially those interested in historical fictionLiteracy Association of Ireland
Nicola Pierce achieves something quite unusual in this book set during the Battle of the Boyne. While it is a book directed at young people it succeeds in looking at war from the inside and, perhaps more importantly, from both sides of the conflict . ideal for the senior classes as further reading in historyInTouch Magazine
It is always hard to teach history students to empathise with the horrors of warfare and grasp battle strategies and etiquette but this novel does it very well and it also gives a very poignant and balanced fictional view of the Battle of the Boyne. It may need promoting to students, but I hope it is well read and that it finds a readership not only with students who have Irish blood in their veins but with KS3 and KS4 students from other ethnic groups as this is a painful time in history that they should know aboutSchool Librarian Magazine
I have to confess that before reading this story I knew nothing of the events it re-tells-but I decided to leave things that way and see if I could follow it. I'm pleased to report that I could and am now much better informed about the late 17th century in Ireland. Nicola Pierce gives an overview of the battle, the events leading up to it, the outcome, and its meaning and impact for all concerned, while homing in on the detail as it affected the ordinary soldier and citizen. She does this by focusing mainly on the experiences of two teenagers-Protestant Daniel from Derry, and Gerald, the son of an aristocratic Catholic family. Interspersed with their personal stories and those of their companions are chapters that focus on each of the two kings-James II of England and Louis XIV of France-and their feelings and engagement with the struggle. As the battle draws closer, tension rises. There is terror, death and grief, and the full horror and waste of war is revealed. As a historical re-enactment, seen from all sides with realism and compassion, this book is masterlyHistorical Novel Society Review
should be required reading for school students everywhere . Pierce relays the intensity and viciousness of the decisive battle in Irish History almost as if she were there herselfCounty Derry Post
really good and historically accurate . the writing style was very good ... it was gripping ... you learned a lot while reading it, without realisingThe History Show, RTE Radio 1
fans of history aged 9 and upwards will adore the moving and wonderfully written Kings of the Boyneirishtimes.com
a potent mixture of fact and fiction, set in a very credibly delineated Irish landscapeIrish Examiner
Nicola Pierce is a fantastic storyteller and here she condenses a number of complicated political and military events and makes them brilliantly readable and enjoyable. Her gift for bringing characters to life through their dialogue, interactions and quirks is uncannyLisa Reads Books
Once again with clarity and passion, Pierce gives us an intimate picture of the reality of a pivotal historical event . the characters, their relationships and actions/reactions are entirely genuine. The voices telling this story are strong and true. The research into the real Battle of the Boyne seeps through subtly, but with unfading accuracy. The pacing is perfect, matching the actuality of historical events. And the writing is utterly superb, placing the reader firmly in the lives of all the characters, their feelings and the horrific incidents taking place around, though it was over 300 years ago....the reader is there. These are very big concepts related with compassion and honesty, but also with an ease of story-telling that makes the book sing. While historical fiction can be a bit of a 'hard-sell' to young people, not so with Nicola Pierces' books. The ring of truth and the ability to be drawn into to the narrative make this book an incredible reading experience of great impact. Like all her others, simply amazing, a beautiful read and highly recommended to everyone!'=Fallen Star Stories