The story rings pretty true, and is written in a way that brings you through the story without too much modern jarring or too much detail which would detract from the story, although I really would have like to know more about some aspects of the story, I found that in fact there is little known about that period. Any historical novel that comes with a bibliography and some explination of they why of changing certain aspects of characters is a blessing. William Marshal is the fourth son and as such is expected to make his own way in the world, but in a world where conflict defines things he has to fight for his place in the world. He also has to ensure that although he is caught up in the politics that he keeps himself safe from some of the side-effects. I enjoyed it and liked the characters enough to want more.