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The Red Hand

A Guy of Gisburne Novel

Published by Abaddon
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

England, 1193. Guy of Gisburne, knight and agent to Prince John, is all that stands between England and anarchy, fighting a shadow battle to protect the kingdom from those who would destroy it.Returning to England after foiling a plot to destroy Jerusalem, Guy of Gisburne is arrested and hauled to the Tower of London; John, England’s regent in the absence of its monstrous King, needs his knight once more. A killer has broken into the Prince’s most secure castle in the north and left a message, drawn on the skin of one of his victims: dies irae venit – ‘Judgement Day is coming’ – signed with a bloody handprint. Is the threat genuine? Who, or what, is the Red Hand? Someone is killing John’s most loyal supporters, and the obvious culprit – the most dangerous man in the Kingdom, Hood himself – has an alibi even Guy can’t deny.

Toby Venables is a novelist, screenwriter and lecturer in Film Studies at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. He grew up watching old Universal horror movies when his parents thought he was asleep, reading 2000 AD and obsessing about Beowulf. He has worked as a journalist and magazine editor and freelance copywriter, has been the recipient of a radio advertising award, and in 2001 won the Keats-Shelley Memorial Prize (both possibly due to typing errors).

  • Publisher: Abaddon (January 15, 2015)
  • Length: 208 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781781082898

'Historical Fantasy has never been such fun! This novel, [is] set during the Robin Hood era of Prince John's rule, Guy of Gisbourne is a knight enlisted to capture the skull of John the Baptist from the French King Philip. Magnificent, action-packed fantasy. This is a fast-paced book that never lets up from its opening pages. The Historical world is rich and chaos-filled, and the brutal sword-fighting and action are an integral part of the story as Guy struggles across to Marseilles and back. Exceptional story, great characters, rich and varied settings, and simply irresistible writing. What more can you ask for from a historical fantasy.' - Morpheus Tales on Hunter of Sherwood: Knight of Shadows