AD 1270: Antioch has fallen, Tripoli is under siege, and Sultan Baibaars targets his Mamluk hoards against Krak des Chevalier, the Crusaders' greatest stronghold in Syria. The Holy Land is in turmoil and desperately awaits the arrival of Edward Longshanks and his relieving army of French and English Crusaders.
This is a time of brutality, an age of chivalry. A time of strong men with stronger hearts, an era with no place for the weak.
Yet a thousand miles away, a 14-year-old boy learns a disturbing secret that drives him on a Crusade of his own. A quest to avenge his family, save his brother, and in the process recover the holiest relic in the history of Christendom.
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Gird your loins, death rides to meet us!
About on a par with most of them although not as good as the very best like Cornwell's Winter King.
Hard to say. This is obviously based in medieval times and the author has gone to great lengths to make the speech fit the period. I'm not sure if I've read many other books that are quite like this in that respect. In terms of the story, it's historical fiction, with swords and blood and a quest to retrieve a holy artifact - all well used themes but that's because they work! I'd say if you're a fan of Bernard Cornwell, Michael Jecks or any of the other recent authors exploring this period you should enjoy this story.
Understated (not always in a good way - some of the male characters lack emotion when talking)
No, but that's nothing to do with the book - I just like to take my time with audiobooks!
Overall I thought the story was somewhat let down by the narrator. Although the narration is for the most part okay, the dialogue is read in something of a monotone and it means the characters and exciting scenes don't come to life as they would do if you were reading the book yourself. That said, it's still a good listen, I just think it could be even better if there was more fire and emotion in the performance.
If you're looking for some medieval fiction to listen to then I'd recommend this as it's good value for money and the story tears along for the most part.
- Steven A. McKay
I really hoped, but you know what hope did
- Mr. Pj Marsh