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Falcons of Montabard Hardcover – 1 May 2003


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: TBS The Book Service Ltd (1 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0356238482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356238487
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Chadwick has written over 20 historical novels sold in 18 languages worldwide. Her first novel, The Wild Hunt, won a Betty Trask Award, and The Scarlet Lion was nominated by Richard Lee, founder of the Historical Novel Society, as one of the top ten historical novels of the last decade. Elizabeth's nineteenth novel, To Defy a King, won the RNA Historical Novel Prize in 2011. THE SUMMER QUEEN, the first novel in her stunning Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy, will be followed by THE WINTER CROWN and THE AUTUMN THRONE.

Find out more at www.elizabethchadwick.com, Facebook/elizabeth.chadwick and on twitter: @Chadwickauthor

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Set in the early 12th century, the story is a neat mixture of fact and fiction. The marrying of the two is seamless. Absorbing and page-turning, I thoroughly recommend it (HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW)

Picking up an Elizabeth Chadwick novel you know you are in for a sumptuous ride. Beautifully strong characters and a real feel for time and place (Daily Telegraph) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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From England to Jerusalem and the Holy Land, award-winning author Elizabeth Chadwick tells the gripping story of a wild youth and a quiet young woman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Jan 2007
Format: Hardcover
Elizabeth Chadwick is a very talented author. This is the first of her books I have read and it will not be the last. The scenes are well written, right down to the smells -- you can picture every thing in your mind. A wonderful, exciting love story and a refreshing change to read about Outremer (Israel) during the crusades.

It was wonderful seeing Sabin grow and mature from a young hellion and womanizer into a caring, loving husband and father, while at the same time being a fierce and noble warrier. The fight between Sabin and the Arab where all Sabin had to defend himself was a wooden shield was heartstopping.

The final chapters were some of the most thrilling page turners I have ever read. An incredible rescue, and according to the author based upon true events, except that Sabin and Anais are fictional. An excellent read, I cannot recommend it enough.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Jan 2008
Format: Paperback
Sabin FitzSimon has a reputation for trouble, but when he seduces one of the King's mistresses not even his fighting skills can save him from the King's soldiers. When he returns to England from abroad he is given the chance to rebuild his career and salvage his reputation. The knight Edmund Strongfist is leaving for the Holy Land and Sabin leaves with him and his daughter.

Just a small taster to whet the appetite of the reader.

When I read Elizabeth Chadwick's books I always wonder as a man whether I really should be, as they could be construed as love stories. But she has such a feel for the period (twelfth century), a part of history I am particularly fond of, that I cannot put them down.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 April 2004
Format: Paperback
The Falcons of Montabard is set in the time of the crusades around 1120AD. The hero of the book is one Sabin Fitz Simon whose exploits lead tohis family strongly suggesting he join the holy crusades under thewatchful eye of a huge knight known as Strongfist who is also taking hisdaughter Annais with him. Stongfist warns Sabin at the outset in nouncertain terms that if he even as looks at Annais in an unbecoming way hewould meet with the wrath of his sword.
As the story unfolds Sabin andAnnais are forced together in unexpected and tragic circumstances whichboth must chose whether they are to respect the last wishes of Annais'shusband for the sake of their own personal agendas.
This is the second Elizabeth Chadwick's book I have read and from thestart I was captivated with the rich tapestry of medieval life which leadsthe reader into a world that is so detailed you believe you are there. Thecharacters are so vivid that by the end of the book you believe that theywere people that actually know and love.
This is a book that has everything a reader could possibly want for a goodread.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Gelderman on 23 Aug 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is the story of Sabin FitzSimon, the illegitimate son of a Norman earl. It begins shortly after the tragedy and scandal of Sabin seducing King Henry's mistress, Lora. He is caught by the King's men and barely escapes with his life. Lora is not so lucky, she is promptly put aboard the Blanche Nef, or White Ship, and drowns with everyone else on board after it strikes rocks and flounders. The heir to the throne, Henry's son, also perished. Sabin feels guilty for her watery fate. Meanwhile, after learning of this, his stepmother, Matilda, Countess of Huntingdon & Northampton and wife to Prince David of Scotland, along with her maidservant, decide that Sabin should try to redeem himself by going to the Holy Land. He is sent with Strongfist, a knight, and his convent raised daughter, Annais. Even though Annais is convent raised she has no true vocation and her father hopes to find her a suitable husband which leaves out Sabin. In fact, Sabin is warned to stay away from her as Strongfist is aware of his reputation with women.
However, from the journey to settling in the Holy Land, Sabin and Annais find their fates entwined in a way they never expected. Their trials and tribulations will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the novel. In this case, love does conquer all, but at what price?
This novel kept me swiftly turning page after page anticipating their next adventure. I have never been disappointed with any of Elizabeth Chadwick's historical novels and I have read every one of them except Daughters of the Grail (which I hope to read soon). I couldn't wait for this book to be released in the USA a year later, so I ordered from Amazon in the UK and was once again amazed at Elizabeth Chadwick's storytelling ability.
I hope this review makes it to the novel's title page this time as this is the second time I have submitted it. The first time I tried was June 23, 2003.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Mar 2007
Format: Hardcover
Sabin FitzSimon has a reputation for trouble, but when he seduces one of the King's mistresses not even his fighting skills can save him from the King's soldiers. When he returns to England from abroad he is given the chance to rebuild his career and salvage his reputation. The knight Edmund Strongfist is leaving for the Holy Land and Sabin leaves with him and his daughter.

Just a taste, read the rest yourself.

When I read Elizabeth Chadwick's books I always wonder as a man whether I really should be, as they could be construed as love stories. But she has such a feel for the period (twelfth century), a part of history I am particularly fond of that I cannot put them down.
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