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Army of the Wolf (Crusader Chronicles Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Peter Darman
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The Sword Brothers have won a great victory and the implacable enemy of their order is dead. There is now nothing to stop the Bishop of Riga from marching north and seizing the whole of Estonia. But in the moment of triumph the seeds of future difficulties have been sown, for the bishop’s German crusaders believe that the fight against the pagans has been won and thus there is no reason for them to stay in Livonia. Faced with a lack of holy warriors to complete his task, the bishop is forced to beg the ambitious King Valdemar of Denmark for military aid, a request that will have disastrous consequences.

While he is away Conrad Wolff, now a veteran brother knight of the Sword Brothers, his reputation high among pagans and crusaders alike, is sent to Ungannia whose ruler Kalju is an ally of the Sword Brothers. There a trivial incident escalates into a full-scale war that results in a great barbarian horde sweeping into Livonia and threatening the very existence of the crusader state.

Conrad is sent on a desperate mission to raise a ragtag army to delay the invaders long enough so Riga can summon crusader knights from Germany. Conrad and his companions soon find themselves battling Cumans, Russians, Lithuanians and Danes as their motley force – the Army of the Wolf – takes the field against the many enemies of Livonia.

This, the second volume of the Crusader Chronicles, continues the story of Conrad Wolff and the Baltic Crusade in the first quarter of the thirteenth century.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2953 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1497458803
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IOOF95A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Born in the great county of Lincolnshire and educated at the King's School in Grantham (where Sir Isaac Newton was also educated, though not at the same time!), I began writing over 20 years ago. You can find out all about me and my books by taking a look at my website;

www.peterdarman.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Susi's army 5 Aug 2014
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This is book 2 of the “Crusader Chronicles” telling the story of the Crusades of Bishop Albert and the Order of the Sword Brothers in what are nowadays Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania during the 13th Century.

The first volume focused on the younger years of Conrad Wolf, the book’s hero, allowing us to follow the hard and tough apprenticeship of a Sword Brother and their lifestyle. This is made up of almost constant warfare as they seek to conquer more and more territory over the native tribes and people in almost incessant warfare and hold out until the next batch of Crusaders reinforces them and allows them to continue their expansion.

This volume shows the young Conrad as a warlord of Estonia and focuses on his multiple deeds (of course). Those who (like me!) are looking for masses of battles set in a historical context that the author follows as scrupulously as he can will enjoy this one just as much as the previous volume. Although it is just about possible to read it without having read the previous volume, if only because a number of references and mentions of what happened in volume 1 are included, it is much preferable to read “The Sword Brothers” first.

The few reservations I have were also very similar to the ones I had for the previous volume. The editing could be improved, with a number of avoidable typos and the narrative of some battles tending to mix up right and left wings of the respective armies. The author also tends to multiply enumerations, treated you systematically with the numbers making up each contingent for each campaign and battle. Since there are many of these, some readers might find this a little bit repetitive and tedious, even if I did not mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sequel to The Sword Brothers 21 Jun 2014
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A good following book to The Sword Brothers with plenty of action, some successful, some less so. I have to admit thet before reading The Sword Brothers that I had no idea that crusaders had christianised the baltic states - Latvia, Lithuania, etc. so this was a learning curve, all be it fictionalised. I would suggestst that to better understand The Army of the Wolf, first read The Sword Brothers, which is an equally good read if you like historical books with plenty of action.
I think that Peter Darman puts into a book of fiction many of the probable alliances of the time, the living and existing conditions, and sets the story into the reality of that period of history. Both books are worth reading, both for the history, completely new to me, and the various plots and subplots, and of course the action.
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3.0 out of 5 stars review 5 May 2014
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Historically interesting. Plenty of action and good story line. A lot of names to remember including different tribe names and a little to much detail where not really required, almost as if to pad the book out. But I still recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Follow up 24 April 2014
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The story follows on well and follows the history of the region closely.
Great story and looking forward to Vol 3
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 19 April 2014
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Peter Darman writes historical fiction well researched exciting and very readable.
I am looking forward to the third instalment of Conrad Wolff
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good second book 14 April 2014
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The story line followed exactly from the ending of book 1 and you can imagine the events occurring with the words written.
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i thought peter darmans parthian chronicles would be a hard act to follow but he proved me wrong.set in regions of medieval europe i knew very little about this book is a brilliant continuation of the series.if you enjoyed the parthian chronicles you will like these .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 July 2014
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good read didn't want to put it down .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good second book in the series
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