Once again a story that a decent editor would have fixed or trashed and saved me two hours muddling through bad dialogue and tired old tales retold badly filled with far too much gore and mutilation, to the point I think it is clear the author is a sicko.
the story is of Hospitaller Knights AFTER their Crusade in the holy land, 7 are left after 10? 20? or 30? years of fighting, the author cites at least three different lengths of time.
the remaining 7 travel back to Switzerland where they were taken? as children by the Knights and pressed into service to eventually be used to fight wars for the Holy Church in Rome....take that for what it is worth. The backstory is clumsily told and is flashbacked far too many times.
The soldiers then disband and we follow the life of the Captain as evil Kings and Dukes and what not all work against him , many characters are introduced to us, none of them likeable or memorable, the hero has his life long friend killed and his love of his life stolen from him by an evil Duke...yadda yadda where have we seen this tired chesnut before....and so on and so on,
the story could be a good one but the TELLING of it is simply horrible but you can't tell that until you are well through it, characters are described in detail over and over and they play no part in the tale,.you find yourself skimming then simply skipping ahead, skipping ahead skipping ahead....
perhaps there are too many characters introduced and being over done because they are in future books....heres the mark of a good writer...tell the story clearly. and to be clear you need to be brief. stop introducing characters that we never see again !
and be well aware that the author has a very unnatural need to throw rape into any situation, rape, torture and demonic sadism seems to fill this authors mind. To the point where he takes a treatise on witches from hundreds of years in the future and brings it into this tale simply to justify a few more torture scenes, that go on far longer and in more detail than a normal person would fixate on.
seek help whacko and we can only hope the Canadian police keep an eye on this sick freak.
Instead of crafting a clear and well told story this author seemingly chooses to decide he will write 39 books about the Forest Knights...which we never meet in this book, and then cranks out the tale until 280 pages is met and then the story ends with Prologue Epilogue and a few flashbacks and flashsideways to boot. others said POINTLESS and they were correct.