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on 23 June 2009
The Iron Lance is classic Stephen Lawhead. A mix of well researched history and some bare faced fiction. It would be quite wrong to think the medieval world was just as he describes it, but he describes it so well and with such an attention to detail that people might be mistaken for sometimes doing just that.
This book is the first in a trilogy which itself relies on some plot elements set up in the book "Patrick: Son of Ireland". In this story, Murdo Ranulfson's brothers go to fight in the crusade to free the Holy Land, leaving him (the youngest son) to tend the estates with his mother. However political shifts and a scheming bishop leave him dispossessed and the lad finds himself with no option but to travel to the Holy Land to bring back his father.
But on the way he meets some monks from a curious celtic order - the Cele De. These monks are on a mission from God to bring back the Iron Lance that was used to pierce the side of the crucified Jesus.
The tensions in this book are deliciously drawn, and Lawhead is very good at the writing of action scenes. This leads to a wonderful story with a great conclusion in a convincing historical setting.
Stephen R. Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. His works include Byzantium and the series The Pendragon Cycle, The Celtic Crusades, and The Song of Albion. Lawhead makes his home in Austria with his wife. Stephen Lawhead is one of my all time favourite authors and I am only sorry that he does not write more often.
Through visions of the past, a 19th century lawyer is able to see glimpses of the harrowing journey of a long dead ancestor, Murdo Ranulfsen. It is 1095, Pope Urban II has declared war on the infidel and men from all walks of life, from lords to peasants rush to join the crusade. Much to his disappointment Murdo stays to guard his family and what possessions they own while his father goes to join the Crusade.
When through no fault of Murdo's the family possessions are confiscated, Murdo decides to set out on the long journey to follow the Crusade and find his father.
The author spins a magical adventure for the reader. He writes a moving and fearsome story as only he can. Once again, all I can say is that I wish he would write more books.
on 22 January 2001
Once again Stephen Lawhead delights us with his outstanding capacity of telling a great story. The Iron Lance is yet another one of his masterpieces, a marvel of epic/historical literature, combining elements of religion, faith, humanity, love, war and History in a brilliant writing style. And as we read the book, the feelings sometimes overwhelm us, in a true testimony of the author's excellence. Definitely a must have!
on 22 June 2000
Once again Stephen Lawhead delights us with his outstanding capacity of telling a great story. The Iron Lance is yet another one of his masterpieces, a marvel of epic/historical literature, combining elements of religion, faith, humanity, love, war, history and many other subjects in a brilliant writing style. This book is surely a must for everyone who likes this genre.