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ALTDORF: The Forest Knights: Book 1 by [Swift, J. K.]
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Book 1 of 2 in The Forest Knights (2 Book Series)
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About the Author

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1872 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: UE Publishing Co. (21 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005TU1GKE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 187 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,726 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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J.K. Swift has done a fairly solid job of recreating the William Tell legend, and with it covering the creation of Switzerland in the two volume Forest Knights series (the second one is MORGARTEN (The Forest Knights: Book 2)). And while the author himself admits to lots of it being his own interpretation, the books will at least give you a fairly good overview of the times and the main events (Tell and Gissler themselves being more creatures of legend than reality (it appears that historical records of either could not be found, according to the author)).

The book more or less starts with the return to 'Swiss lands' of several 'Schwyzer' children / orphans, who have been sold into Hospitaler service in Outremer some thirty years before, in the late 13th century. These are then faced with various machinations of the Habsburgs, who are intent on absolute domination of the lands.

The author manages to weave in several personal stories into this historical background and the book overall comes with a good balance between action and scene setting that will likely appeal to a fairly wide readership.

If you enjoy getting a feel for different times / places through lightly fictionalized accounts, I am sure that this book does a solid job of giving you just that for the creation of Switzerland. The fact that the Kindle version came free of charge (as a teaser, I suppose), certainly does not harm and I am definitely going to read MORGARTEN (The Forest Knights: Book 2) - the second one in the series.
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A well spun tale with good descriptive passages. Based on the period of the Knights it follows the lives of three knights who retire, following many years of serving their Master through the Holy wars, as they interact with the towns folk of a small province governed by the Hapsburgs. The Peasants are treated with the usual cruelty by the Hapsburg's soldiers, the Healing Lady is accused of being a witch and needless to say the Knights intervene to help.
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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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Something of a surprise, not just because it is set in medieval Switzerland, but because it is a mixture of fact and fiction which combines to create an uncomplicated tale of good versus evil. A group of retired Templers find themselves among oppressed people of a province ruled by the ruthless Duke Leopold of Habsburg with the resistance movement led by a young outlaw - hints of William Tell thrown in - aided by a priestess/healer who lives in the woods. A bit of brutality, a bit of romance, a bit of warriors championing the underdogs make 'ALTDORF: The Forest Knights' an entertaining read.
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A good sword and sorcery tale that really only hints at magic and concentrates more on the action. A story about ambition and corruption and the oppressed people who try to fight back. Thrust into this is a group of Hospitallers who have spent their lives in the Holyland and are unwillingly draw into the confict. Strong characters and lots of action.
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Well worked out plot in the Holy Roman Empire forest. I am wondering if a certain English King that used to live in Cyprus will pass through the story.
The earth and forest, against the King and Church.
Will the heroin with special powers of healing save the men to keep the forest independent?
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This was an amazing book.Downloaded it as it was free and it mentioned Crusading Knights in the blurb and I was very pleasantly surprised after reading it. Great characters, great story, looking forward to part two.
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