Archer - warrior

Buy bookOne boy’s fight against adversity to find friendship, romance and the generosity to love his enemy.

Mmm. Shoot an apple off his friend’s head or lose his food, horse and clothes? Some decisions require little thought.

Archer is the sort of boy things happen to. Orphaned as a baby, his gifts make him different to other kids. He doesn't understand why he's so much stronger and faster than other boys; why a sword feels so right in his hand; or how every arrow he looses at a target will hit the centre, even if his eyes are closed.

At the Beltane ritual, he must fight his friends to see who is most worthy. But his real battle is with an enemy whose callous disrespect for the natural order brings dangerous consequences.

Be Brave, Be Worthy!


Archer - Fact File
  • Blond, brown eyes
  • Powerfully built
  • Courageous
  • Intelligent
  • Works hard
  • Shy with girls
  • Friends: Finn, Fletch, Patricia and Chrisya
    Enemy: Edlyn

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    What people say about Archer:

    “Swashbuckling medieval adventure with a twist, Archer really is one to enrich the imagination. There are dashing sword fights, arrows that find their mark, a destiny to be fulfilled and a host of unforgettable characters. Enchanting to the last page, Archer has the feel of an epic saga in the making and is sure to find an enthusiastic following amongst younger readers. Definitely deserving of a place on your bookshelf, it is highly recommended.”

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    “Archer is a boy after my own heart. A little shy, wickedly clever (when he feels words are necessary), and loyal to the bone. The author does a great job in teaching the reader about the medieval world, all the while making it accessible and interesting information. But I think the best part of this book is how human and endearing all the characters are. I want to know more about all of them and look forward to picking up the next in the series.” J.D.Faulkner,
    “Archer was different than what I'm used to reading but in a good way. The characters spoke to me and I could relate. Very well written and kept me coming back to read it. Even spent most of my weekend reading.”

    Lynne LaCroix
    Amazon Reader

    “Archer is a great read, that once I started I had to keep going. As a medieval re-enactor myself, I found Archer very close to my heart with my hobby. The relationship between Archer and his fellow companions lead you into an enthralling adventure of training, learning and achieving great goals.”

    The Bearded Dragon,

    “With amazing (and accurate) detail on jousting, archery, and swordplay, this story sucks you in, tickles your fancy, and then spits you out wanting more of Archer and his adventures. This modern-day, medieval-alternate-world is spell-binding, laced with bullies and honorable crooks, friends, and family. Archer is a young boy with brains and skill. I'd like to be his friend.”

    Hannah Sullivan,

    “This book was very enjoyable to read. Archer has enough mystery about him that it makes you want to find out what happens next. His good character is not overplayed so you feel absolutely removed from the story. This wide spectrum of ages is difficult to write for, and like JK Rowling, Gray knows how to accomplish this task and keep the reader's into the story.”

    Steve Smith
    Amazon Reader

    “I read this book on my first day of vacation and couldn't put it down. Archer is such a great character, with all the strengths you could want and the vulnerability that cuts straight to your heart. The world the book is set in is so well described that you actually feel as though you are there. Archer's friends (and nemesis) are so real I found myself feeling a part of the story.”

    Andrea Domanski,

    “Jacky Gray's "Archer" is a fast-paced adventure set in an alternative reality in which teen-agers are actively involved in such medieval pastimes as jousting and archery. The main character, Archer, draws the reader in through his thoughtfulness, cynicism, sense of honor as well as his skill at archery. Ms. Gray's writing is crisp and clean, creating a world that is absorbing with memorable characters and an action-packed plot.”

    Veronica Richards,

    “This read perfectly, as a action adventure story should. The plot pacing moved quickly, and the excitement of tournament was written so realistically I could hear the hush and roar of the crowds as if I was there. I enjoyed the main character, Archer, he was likable and very much the classic story hero.”



    “The jousting event at the start of the book takes the reader into the thick of the action. As the story moves ahead, more magical and fantasy elements make their presence felt in the narrative. And the attention to detail in creating a unique civilization is quite brilliant. There’s something very likeable about Archer. His earnestness, his fighting skills, his loyalty and his code of honor all make for a very interesting character.”


    “Archer is a tale spun in the days of the knights, but takes a different twist than traditional knight’s tales. Ms. Gray brings to the reader a new world filled with authentic traditional language, giving a sense of travelling back in time. This is not a book filled with fluff and half masked characters.” Vickie Hollar,
    Author of

    Dream Keeper
    “Archer is fascinating and captivating! I love the way the characters, scenes and general description of Archer's world are portrayed so eloquently. Jacky Gray not only tells a wonderful tale; she manages to capture the sounds, smells and emotional energies of his world.”

    Sarah Dyer,

    “I have to say I loved Archer so much. I can't explain how this book makes me feel, thank you so much. I am reading Rory now - I am so glad to hear there are other books 'coz I was thinking I want to read more.”

    Sharon Kemp
    via Facebook

    “Jacky Gray is a great writer. I have read Archer and could not put it down – as the adventure unfolds it gets more gripping. Hey! If there are any film producers out there  Jacky's book would make a brilliant film!” Maria Wheatley,
    Author and
    Master Dowser
    “I thoroughly enjoyed Archer! The detail on jousting was very interesting and the whole story began to captivate me, I couldn't put the book down.”

    Hedgewitch, Glastonbury
    “I LOVED Archer!!! I had so many favorite parts! I love the part that they get into trouble with the renegates, and the whole story about how he made his bow, and his connection with her ... I'm in fantasy land ♥”

    Jaime B, USA

    “Anyone who promotes Archery in any of its forms is to be congratulated in my book and I think somewhere along the way Jacky must have got caught up in the sport judging by the passion of her writing. I thought the sword and buckler bout between Finn and Archer was incredibly well done, a very engaging piece of writing.”

    JJ, Archer and Historian

    “Archer is cool. Your fanbase is leaning towards the Rick Riordian portion on the great bookshelf of life, but, I read him too... I love the way Finn has a mental connection with his horse. I adore the dance lesson, the dialogue had rhythm and flow, but Archer has absolutely no clue these girls are flirting with him. LOOOOOVE how you Glee-up the graduation ceremony!! :)”

    Jamie Hoad,
    Author, USA

    “Archer was amazing! I couldn't put it down, it only took me two days to read it when it normally takes me a week. If I met Archer I would have a lot of questions to ask him about what it is like to live in his world. I love the way the girls get to do archery and I would love to do all the drama bits.”

    Drama Cat,
    Amazon reader

    “My mum was planning to read the book before I did but I insisted on reading it first so she has to wait. So far your book has been one of the best I've read in years. I'm looking forward to your next book if you are publishing one. Best wishes for becoming an author, I hope you do, good luck.” Anil, age 11
    “ I reviewed an electronic copy of this book for IndePENdants. It passed their rating system on all aspects. Archer, the title character, is an orphan with a lot on his mind. This character and many of the others around him are nicely drawn with more detail than I think is typical of books aimed at middle and high school students. This is all the more reason they should read it.”

    Robert Cherney,

    “An exhilarating story that sucks you in so it feels like you’re actually there. Pure genius.” Chloe’, age 11
    “Absolutely wonderful! Jacky Gray's beautiful story telling takes me right to England! I loved it! and I actually learned a few things about jousting and archery. Exciting and wondrous. Can't wait to read the next one!” Miss Black, Amazon reader, Los Angeles
    “Jacky has nailed the character of a medieval archer and the books are a thrilling blend of action and rich historical detail.” Kevin Hicks,
    “Archer’s People of the Horse live their lives in harmony, honouring the seasons with ancient rituals and using the healing power of the earth.” Kerry-lyn Tosh, Spiritual Healer
    “I enjoyed 'Archer', an engaging story whose Pagan spirituality is gently and attractively presented. Jacky has produced a credible parallel universe, a combination of the English middle ages blended with modern-day England in realistic and well realised settings. I especially enjoyed travelling across Alternative Oxfordshire.” Ronald Hutton,
    Professor of History, Bristol University
    “Jacky loves to experience the world through the wondrous eyes of a child where anything can happen, where the fantastic mingles with an emerging reality. The tempo pulls me along as if I am flowing down a river upon a strong current. I couldn't jump out of my canoe in the midst of a chapter even if I wanted to. She does a magnificent job on the dialogue, very well thought out and believable exchanges.”

    Buzz Malone,
    Author of

    Silence of Centerville

    “Archer takes you into his world and you can feel the atmosphere of his surroundings.” Callum, age 14
    “The action scenes are so exciting it’s like watching a film.” Joe, age 16
    “I didn't fully appreciate where Archer was until the end of the book, but I do know that I would rather live in that Utopian parallel than this reality! Archer's 'vision' with the stave that became Bow was a very powerful bit of writing. Archer's time with Bowman is a highlight, especially the making of the two bows.” Blackadder 4th,
    Amazon reader
    “Archer is exciting, interesting and very well written, with realistic natural dialogue. The idea scores highly on originality, it is quite different to all these fantasy world stories and the style is good. I liked and enjoyed the whole medieval feel, the detail on archery etc is good and I particularly liked the merging with the bow – the best part of the story.”

    Tim Emery,
    Author, UK

    “I really like this opening, I always have a preference for jumping straight into the meat of the story. I know the exact feeling Archer and Finn feel after the impact, I've done competitive contact martial arts for almost twenty years. I really love the detail, it connected me to the characters in a visceral way.” Kyle Kirk,
    Author, UK
    “Archer is the first book in a series that will surprise you - whilst there are formulas out there for writing stories, these books are not going to be so predictable. The connections the author has made with pagan and natural rituals are obviously well researched and clearly understood.” Heyautonomy,
    Amazon reader

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