BOOK CLUB: The Swordmaster’s Daughter

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The Swordmaster’s Daughter by Terri Green is a story of historical fiction. It is Book 1 of the Sisters of the Sword series, set in London in 1604.

Lucinda Evans is the daughter of a swordmaster and helps her father with his business, The Whitefriars Fencing School.

When she was young her father taught her everything he knew about swords and fighting.

Lucinda is an exceptional swordswoman but unfortunately now that she is a young woman her father bans her from fighting. However, Lucinda is determined to continue fencing.

Lucinda’s grandmother is a midwife and a healer. Lucinda is expected to accompany her grandmother and learn the skill.

On a visit with her grandmother, she learns that a cruel predator has been attacking women.

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If only these women knew how to fight! When she’s approached by a woman and asked to teach her how to defend herself, this is the perfect opportunity for Lucinda to continue to practice her own skills.

The group grows and The Sisters of The Sword is established, with Lucinda teaching them in secret.

The “sisters” are from a range of social standings, they need to get along and unusual friendships develop.

To complicate her life, Robert McCrae, an attractive heir to a Scottish Lord, is very taken with Lucinda and turns up where ever she goes.

He has been fascinated with her ever since he spotted her “borrowing” his sword and testing it by doing a sword drill.

Lucinda’s Father forbids too much familiarity with the clients but Robert has awakened some conflicting feelings in Lucinda!

The politics of the time are complicated, with Robert and his uncle connected to the inner circle of the Court of King James.

Lucinda’s natural risk-taking and desire to find the “predator” and see justice done put her in great danger.

Will Lucinda be safe?

Is there a future for Lucinda and Robert, a lowly swordmaster’s daughter and an heir to a Lord?

This is an excellent read, with plenty of action and suspense to keep you turning the pages!

Lucinda is a strong, courageous, and fun female character, and Robert is a dashing Scottish character. It is a great recipe for romance.

Terri Green has added authenticity to the story using her own skills as a fencer, plus her extensive research to include the historical events of the time. Some of the characters are based on real people.

It is a great read which takes you on a journey through history and the different expectations restricting women at that time.

I can’t wait to read more of Lucinda’s exploits.

Book 2 of the series is titled An Unsuitable Pursuit.

Thank you to Terri Green and Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to review this excellent book.

A selection of our members are reading The Swordmaster’s Daughter by Terri Green. You can read their reviews in the comments below, or add your own.

8 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: The Swordmaster’s Daughter

  1. This historical fiction certainly transported me back to London of times gone by, giving us a glimpse into the difficulties women had in the 1600s.

    Our lead character, Lucinda Evans can very much stand on her own two feet as she’s an accomplished fencer taught by her father – but currently she’s forbidden to fight.

    However, the attacks on the local women have led her to sharing her talents with a group of women, and meeting the rather intriguing Robert McCrae.

    This is an action-packed tale with plenty of mystery as well as some humour and romance as we go on the journey to learn who is the culprit.

    This wasn’t a dry historical novel to me, and I don’t know if it is accurate or not, but I thought the style, the interesting characters and suspenseful plot was excellent and quite fun. I really enjoyed it. I would recommend this book for lovers of romance, mystery and history.

    Thank you Terri Green and Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read this novel.

    As this is the first in a series, I am looking forward to the next duel.

  2. The Swordmaster’s Daughter is a swashbuckling trip back to the early 1600’s in London.

    The story captured my attention from the start with its detailed setting and strong characters. It was a really easy story to picture.

    As the story built, so did my affinity with the characters, and their quest to right wrongs. I think the attitudes of the time were well captured, especially in regard to the treatment of women, and I may of fangirled a little over the Sisters of the Sword.

    I’m looking forward to the next instalment of the story so I can read more of the Sisters of the Sword, as well as the building romance between Lucinda and Robbie.

  3. Thank-you Beauty & Lace for giving me the chance to read & review ‘The Swordmaster’s Daughter’ by Terri Green.
    In the 1600’s there are rules for being a woman, sword fighting skills are not considered appropriate for the ladies. Lucinda bucks this trend and learns how to use swords with skills learnt in her father’s business while dressed as a boy whilst growing up. Now that she is a grown woman Lucinda is forbidden to use a sword but the allure to do so is too strong. Lucinda creates ‘The Sisters of the Sword’ with a mixed group of women, all from different backgrounds, but each wanting to learn the sword skills. Through helping the women to protect themselves, Lucinda wants to give the women a sense of control over their lives.
    This book is about taking control in a manner that works within the historical setting with a little bit of romance thrown in. I look forward to reading about Lucinda and her adventures in future instalments. Thank-you ‘Beauty & Lace Bookclub’ for the opportunity to read ‘The Swordmaster’s Daughter’ by Terri Green.

  4. I can imagine that the main character in this book, Lucinda, is a hero to many young teenage girls wanting to be independent and driven just like her. Maybe they wont want the sword skills but be determined in their own right and go out and get what they want.
    The book to me, is targeted at the younger generation as it has the right amount of action, romance, and had a great story behind it. It was an easy weekend read for me and I would recommend it for with that in mind.

  5. The Swordmaster’s Daughter featuring Lucinda is a delightful and inspiring read. To see young women with determination in the 1600’s was basically I heard of but Lucinda is a young women with a need to teach other women how to defend themselves.
    Going against all odds and her father’s wishes she is definitely a swordmaster I her own right and fights her way to ensure justice is met against those who deserve it.
    A little romance never goes amiss in any historical story.

  6. An easy to read YA novel with modern ideas (female empowerment / #MeToo themes) in a historical setting. I loved that many of the characters were based on real people which is outlined at the end of the novel – they sound truly fascinating and I would love to learn more about them. Terri Green has definitely piqued my interest in uncovering these people.

  7. The Swordmasters Daughter , certainly opened my eyes and took me back in time to an era which I’m glad I didn’t grow up in.
    The 1600s in London certainly was a difficult time for young women where men dominated.
    Lucinda the main character in the novel was very inspiring for young women to fight for the right to fight and defend themselves and get to show of her sword skills that she learnt from her father at an early age .
    She goes against her fathers wishes not to fight and teaches her skills to a woman who wants to defend herself with the sword so lucinda teaches her in secret then more women join, friendships form and even romance in this historian novel. .
    I think The Swordmasters Daughter is more for Young Adults but I did enjoy reading something different for a change .
    Thankyou Beauty and Lace for giving me the chance to read this intriguing book.

  8. The Swordmaster’s Daughter by Terri Green is a trip back to the early 1600’s in London giving us an idea of how women had difficulties living in this period.

    Lucinda Evans is the daughter of a swordmaster who has taught her all that she knows about fencing but she is forbidden to fight. Lucinda helps her father run his fencing academy. Lucinda creates ‘The Sisters of the Sword’ with a group of women from different backgrounds all who want to learn sword skills to give them a sense of control over their lives.

    I would recommend this book to readers who love a good romance filled with mystery and history.

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