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This review is from: Pagan's Crusade: The Pagan Chronicles #1 (Paperback)
This is the first novel I've read by Catherine Jinks and I wasn't disappointed. "Pagan's Crusade" is also the first book in a series of four.
It's the 12th Century, the area is Jerusalem and it's the time of the Crusades. Pagan a 16yr old joins the Templar Knights to escape his all life as well as his debts that he owes. His new master is Lord Roland, and he finds him hard to get on with at first.
Pagan starts to wonder what he's done and if he's done the right thing, as his job with the Templar Knights is to help and escort pilgrims, but what he isn't cut out for is defending Jerusalem.
I don't want to go into the story too much as I really don't want to spoil it for other readers. This book if classed as a young adult book, but I`d say it's not for anyone that's 12yrs and under, mainly due to the language it uses and the actual story line.
The author grabs you right from the start, it's an excellent story, and her characters have great's personalities and a lot of depth to them. There's a little comedy in amongst the storyline and it can get pretty emotional as well with what the characters have been through and are going through.
I bought this for two reasons, not only do I love history but the novel sounded great. It doesn't matter whether you're a teenager or older if you want a good read then this is your book. :-)
It didn't take me long to read as it's enjoyable and a compulsive read. You'll find it's an action packed story and its pace is fast. It's one I'd recommend to young and old, if you're after a good story this is the book for you. If you're interested in the Templar Knights, (which I am) you'll also enjoy this. :-)
It's a book I'll be reading again and was worth every penny. I'm now looking forward to reading the next in the series. :-)