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The Leper King (The Magdalen Cycle Book 1) by [Rezer, Scott R.]
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The complex and distant world of the Middle East in the times of the Crusades is the setting for this historical novel. It is also billed as "a medieval fantasy."


In Jerusalem in 1176, 15-year-old Baldwin IV, a Christian, ascends the throne of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. In the tumultuous times that follow, the young Baldwin, afflicted with leprosy that claims his life in 1185, mounts a losing struggle against enemies within and without attempting to preserve his beleaguered kingdom.
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Although a novel of the Crusades, The Leper King presents a story as relevant today as it was in the eleventh century. Holy wars and jihads between Christians and Muslims are nothing new, neither are voices of heresy within and without the Church. But imagine setting the character of an immortal saint in the midst of a Jerusalem rife with magic and mayhem, giving Mary Magdalen the opportunity to defend her faith and those she has come to love against the enemies of truth. It creates an intriguing behind-the-scenes twist to history--a history which causes us to wish it might be true.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 413 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500410489
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LU03AYM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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The Leper King has everything; love, betrayal, the Knights Templar, heroes and heroines, Mary Magdalen ….. and the mysterious, dangerous Order of Sion which has its own personal agenda and is determined to bend the Kingdom of Jerusalem to its own will.
The fight for good versus evil is cleverly woven into the historical story of the survival of the western Crusader kingdoms against the Muslim onslaught. The individual stories of love and ambition within the royal family are set against the needs of the kingdom and the machinations of the great nobles. Murder and revenge, love and betrayal, magic and history; all go into making this novel a unique and enthralling story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "real" Kingdom of Heaven. 2 May 2016
By Sandra F. - Published on Amazon.com
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I had, along with so many others, seen the movie "Kingdom of Heaven" and, having read quite a bit about the Crusades, was aware that it was a Hollywood version of the truth. But having some knowledge of Baldwin IV, the young King of Jerusalem who became afflicted with leprosy at a very early age, I was curious to see how it would be handled in this novel. I was surprised by the introduction of Mary of Magdalene as a spiritual being who took part in the story of Baldwin. At first I was quite honestly a little put off by that, but as the book went on I found myself enthralled by by the story line. The battle scenes are well written and show the result of much research, as does the entire novel. The author handles the various characters of Baldwin, the Magdalene, his sister Sybilla, mother Agnes, Saladin, and the various others with skill, gathering the various threads and weaving them together in a captivating ending. Be prepared because once you start reading, you're not going to want to put it down.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Characterization! 29 Aug. 2011
By Joseph Scott Amis - Published on Amazon.com
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The Leper King brings to vivid life a most important and intriguing historical figure. Baldwin IV is excellently portrayed as a man who, though tormented by disease and the seditious intrigue of those surrounding him, lived a life of integrity and heroism through pure strength of will and spirit.

The supernatural, mystical, and religious aspects of the story were well integrated and neither trite nor overdone. I particularly liked the characters of Reynald de Chatillion and Guion de Lusignan...they were portrayed as real men with real roles, unlike the one-dimensional characterizations in the movie "Kingdom of Heaven".

This book is a page turner. I started it and read it straight through in four evenings.

On the critical side, the book is diminished by errors in grammar, particularly sentence structure and punctuation, and for this reason I gave it four stars rather than five. With a good professional editing, it would be a knockout homerun, and I seriously encourage the author to consider having this done and reissuing it.

Don't get me wrong; the areas I found lacking in no way diminished my enjoyment of this well-told story.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prose, History, and Fantasy all rolled into one 27 July 2015
By Katheryn Maddox Haddad - Published on Amazon.com
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Scott Rezer’s writing is almost like prose. It is rich with symbolism amidst well-researched facts upon which his book is founded. His portrayal of Baldwin the “leper king” reveals one who maintained his dignity despite his terrible disease, and insisted on using what strength he had as long as he had it.

The author has tackled a difficult subject, considering all the different factions fighting for the throne of a man doomed to die, even before his death. He also portrayed the old Arabic Muslim thinking and culture well. It is interesting how he intermingled facts with the popular trend toward medieval magic.

There are a few surprises in the book, one of which is at the end. Rezer is a good writer with almost a poetic flair, even in the most unlikely scenarios.
1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like the movie 24 Oct. 2012
By William Viking - Published on Amazon.com
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I saw the movie "Kingdom of Heaven" and thought King Baldwin was an interesting character so I bought the book, The Leper King. The book is very interesting but a little difficult to follow with the characters changing sides and so many sub plots. Saludin (sp)is a fascinating character introduced here. I wonder how historically accurate it is.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Leper King is another great book by Scott R 1 Sept. 2015
By Carrie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Leper King is another great book by Scott R. Rezer. He has written about a difficult subject in a way that keeps your interest the whole time. The intrigue and war during the crusades is the backdrop for this historical fiction about the young king Baldwin IV, who was plagued with leprosy. I appreciate the balanced way the author handled all sides of the conflict, particularly between Christians and Muslims. I was intrigued by the presence of medieval history and loved how it was convincingly woven into the story. Particularly interesting is the introduction of Mary Magdalen as immortal and her role as a prophetess of sorts. This is a multi-faceted story that will keep you turning the pages.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review which I have given.
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