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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 23 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: UE Publishing Co.
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 28 Aug. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ESVOX6O
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Altdorf: The Forest Knights, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
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.