The Falcons of Montabard (Soundings) Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 1 Aug 2003
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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.
Sweeping across 12th Century England, Jerusalem and the Holy Land, award-winning author Elizabeth Chadwick tells the gripping tale of a wild youth faced with battles of the heart and the sword --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.
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.
At first I wasn't as quickly enamoured with the main characters as I was with those in 'The Wild Hunt', but as the tale went on I found Sabin, Annais and her larger than life father, Strongfist to be well developed, likable 'people'.
The story follows the fate of two young people constantly thrown together: Annais is a young motherless girl who was schooled by nuns, and Sabin is a lusty and illegitimate lad looking for a purpose in life. Off they go to the Holy Lands where Annais is wed and widowed quite quickly. The rest of the tale beautifully describes how Sabin and Annais' relationship develops and how close they actually become.
There is capture, harems, bathhouses and war in this packed story of the Franks' life during the 12th century in Jerusalem. I loved it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good to start with, but it starts to drag out towards the end. I would still recommend it though for anyone who loves historyPublished 4 months ago by Catherine Digby
I have read a number of Elizabeth Chadwicks books and enjoyed them all but this has the most exciting and packed with very interesting people, I found that I could not put it down... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Patricia Langley
I enjoy all Elizabeth Chadwick's book and this is no exception - an excellent readPublished 10 months ago by Douglas Chapman
I love Elizabeth Chadwick's books. Wonderful tales woven around facts.Published 13 months ago by diane
Nearly at the end of this book. Excellent read.will be looking
For my next read soon.