This was a terrific book! It has got knights, sword fights, druids, damsels, and heros who stand up for justice for their people. I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning to finish it. When I first started to read, I was afraid that the story would be cheesy and that there would be glaring historical innacuracies. However, I found it to be a complex story line and, after looking up some of the actual historical characters I found that the book portrayed historical characters and settings accurately within the framework of the fictional story. I did feel that the book ended a little too abruptly. I know there is a second book that continues the story, but I think that books in a series should still be able to stand alone. The suddenness of the ending, while making me want to read the second book, left me feeling like this book was actually "Part 1" and not able to stand on its own. I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
Frustrated with ending2012/12/31
I thoroughly enjoyed this book until I got to the nonexistent ending. I understand the desire to get the reader into the next book in a series, but to trick the reader into it by waiting to the stopping of the story to do it is very frustrating. Just tell me up front that I have to get two books, or more - that is just being honest. This is the second time I have been fooled by this trick and I don't appreciate it. So, reader beware. Again, I enjoyed the story, but know that you will need to get a second book to have a satisfying conclusion.
When I started reading this book, I wasn't overly impressed because it seemed like way too much time was spent creating the characters. My wife felt the same way later when she read the book. However, once we got past the introductions, and into the heart of the book, the reason for spending the extra time getting to know the characters became apparent.
This book ended up being one of the best I've read in the past year. I ended up buying the sequal so I could find out how it ended.
are there no Good Editors left in the world?2011/10/30
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.
Excellent Historical Fiction!2012/3/30
I picked up this book on a whim, and let me just say that i was very impressed and i loved it, i cannot wait for another to be released. I enjoyed Swifts novel as much as i did the works of Lawhead, Lamours "The Walking Drum" or "Eaters of the Dead" by Crichton. Swift has yet to make a huge footprint upon the genre but if fate allows i can see it happening, a must read!