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ALTDORF: The Forest Knights: Book 1 [Kindle Edition]

J. K. Swift
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ALTDORF, a novel of The Forest Knights

A wild land too mountainous to be tamed by plows…
A Duke of the Holy Roman Empire, his cunning overshadowed only by his ambition…
A young Priestess of the Old Religion, together with a charismatic outlaw, sparking a rebellion from deep within the forests…
And an ex-Hospitaller caught between them all.

“Re-imagining the William Tell legend—without William Tell.”

At the end of the thirteenth century, five hundred orphans and second sons are rounded up from villages in the Alpine countryside and sold to the Hospitaller Knights of St John. Trained to serve as Soldiers of Christ, they fight in eastern lands they know nothing about, for a cause they do not understand.

Thomas Schwyzer, released from his vows by the Grandmaster of the Hospitallers, returns to the land of his birth a stranger. Once a leader of men, and captain of the Order’s most famous war galley, he now settles into the simple life of a ferryman. He believes this new role to be God’s reward for years of faithful service fighting the Infidel in Outremer.

Seraina, considered a witch by most, a healer by some, is a young woman with a purpose. A Priestess of the Old Religion, and the last Druid disciple of the Helvetii Celts, she has been gifted by the Great Weave to see what others cannot. Her people need her guidance and protection now more than ever. For Duke Leopold of Habsburg, in his efforts to control the St. Gotthard Pass, builds a great Austrian fortress in Altdorf. Once finished, the Habsburg occupation will be complete, but the atrocities visited upon her people will have just begun.

Set in medieval Switzerland, ALTDORF, a novel of The Forest Knights, is the first book in a two-book series.

76,000 words

About the Author

J. K. Swift writes historical fiction and fantasy from his home in Vancouver, Canada. He has worked as a school teacher, jailhouse guard, Japanese translator, log peeler, accountant, martial arts instructor, massage therapist, technical editor, and has called a few Bingo games. He gets his story ideas while traveling in Europe and wandering aimlessly along the streets and beaches of the Pacific Northwest.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 427 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1468012908
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: UE Publishing Co. (21 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005TU1GKE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #781 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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J. K. Swift lives in a log house well off the beaten path in central B.C., Canada. He is the author of "The Forest Knights" novels (http://theforestknights.com), which are set in medieval Switzerland. He has worked as a school teacher, jailhouse guard, Japanese translator, log peeler, accountant, martial arts instructor, massage therapist, technical editor, and has called a few Bingo games. He gets his story ideas while traveling in Europe, feeding his chickens, and cutting wood.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
By Cheryl M-M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Well, well, well what a little gem. It is a mixture of Templars meets vigilante with a strong sense of justice. The author has interwoven many details from the Holy Crusade and the exodus of the Swyzer children draws parallels from those crusades.
The author has managed to capture the essence of fear that hovered in that era, when strips of land were ruled by minor despots. It is also hints at the creation of the country of Switzerland. People lived in terror of being accused of heresy or witchcraft and subjected to torture and death.
Which brings me to one of the other interesting subjects in this book. The author has researched various techniques of torture used in that era and how the accused had to prove they were worthy of God and/or not a man/woman of witchcraft. It is written in a way that captures the moment and image without use of gore or graphic details.
It ended on quite a bit of a cliffhanger and I am left with a need to know what happens next..arrgh. Commendable storytelling and a joy to read.
I received a free copy of this book for my review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good work 5 Oct 2013
By G meeds
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A really good book. Very atmospheric and surprisingly polished. Well worth a read. I have struggled to find really good historical fiction on the kindle but I can happily recommend this.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ALTDOORF (The Forest Knights) 2 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a thoroughly good read with fast moving storyline and characters with good depth. This is the first Swift novel I have read and I would recommend it to those who enjoy historical fiction with a basis in historical fact. I have already downloaded book two and look forward to catching up with the principal characters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging read 6 Jan 2014
By blanche
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Thoroughly enjoyed this story. Characters are well drawn and evoke empathy I am interested in pursuing the tale further. clever
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By fraser
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I like a well written historical based novel. This delivers big time. Some gory details if you're into that but plenty of other strands to the story if you're not. Well worth reading. Got me thinking about the origins of Switzerland and pointed me in the right direction of where to start. Go on give it a go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare surprise 16 May 2014
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Great, rich and clever plot, great action, great characters. I have read a fair few historical fiction books and must say that these two "Forest Knights" have really impressed me. Couldn't put them down, which is not necessarily what one might be after, but it didn't hurt !

The style is slick and very accessible. I found that a great strength of these two novels is the harmonious balance between riveting, testosterone fueled action and meditative contemplation.

I was pleasantly surprised by the subject matter (the backdrop of fledgling Switzerland) and that is what got me interested in the first place. It was highly entertaining to read about the "big picture" circumstances of my country of origin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Prepared for an All Night Read.......... 14 May 2014
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This is my first foray into the writing of J.K.Swift and this book deserves it's 5 stars, well written, has truly believable characters and well researched even though some of the historical fact may be a little distorted to meet the need of the story...... it is fiction after all.

A thoroughly good read and I am in the process of downloading the sequel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Writing Style 13 May 2014
By stephen
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This book doesn't mess about - great characters with a great story - the writer gets on with it without delay unlike some books that take ages to get going.
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