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.
--AZ Daily Star, JC Martin
From the Author
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.