Pilgrim Paperback – 25 Jun 2009
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'Jackson brings history to life in this terrifying tale of bloody battles, youthful courage and treachery' (Livewire: selected for 'Pick of the Titles')
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This is history - and terrific history - on every page (Frederick Forsyth, author of The Day of the Jackal)
Set in a period of unparalleled brutality, and told with drama, sweep and passion, Blood Rock is fiction on an epic scale (Malta Independent)
A good read if you can stand the blood and guts of 16th-century warfare (Folkstone Herald & Dover Express)
'Epic adventure stuff' (Bookseller)
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All the ingredients for a riveting tale you may think and to be fair the story and the plot was quite good. What let this book down were the characters; their personalities, their dialogue and their relationships. They felt wooden and didn't really possess any individuality which helps the reader to identify with the heroes and villains. The dialogue was frustratingly bland with little emotion or variance to separate the characters from each other.
Finally, whilst the overall plot was decent enough, there were just too many narrow escapes in order to portray a realistic and veritable account of an adventure story set during the harsh and brutal period that was the crusades.
This book had the potential to be excellent, but was sadly let down by insubstantial characters and dry dialogue. Not one of the best within this genre probably best as an `airport' book.
Shame the book is rotten. Unbelievable, an insult to your intelligence. Wrote with great aplomb and description, but the plot line is infantile, amteurish, unnbelievable. It actually starts off ok. Then by the end of the book the plot line just becomes laughable. Stay clear from, I wish I had.
When is Cornwalls next novel out? I need a good read
However after this it just went a down hill. It was interesting to read more of the Childrens crusade and there was some interesting characters in it such as Sergeat Hugh, an archer who had been Richard I's bodyguard. But the pace was slow, the villain all too succesful until the last 50 pages when his plan is curtailed and he is quickly destroyed. A 12 year old bully/nasty piece of work called Gunther gets a more dramatic dispatching.
So overall, a good book but could have been great.
`Pilgrim' has to be one of the grimmest historic fiction books I have ever read. This is a genre that basks in violence, most books are full of vicious battles and murder, but in the snack world of hist lit Jackson takes the biscuit. `Pilgrim' centres on the Children's Crusade when thousands of youths travelled across Europe to Palestine in the hopes of glory and the true cross. Many died and the book reflects this. However, reflecting is different from basking. There are numerous different enemies in `Pilgrim'; The Templars, The Church, The Cathars, The Locals etc. Jackson introduces you to them all and shows you how they executed people.
Death is abundant in `Pilgrim', so much so that you wonder how the population survived. There is probably a 70% death rate in this book; any narrative is cut short as someone else's head is cut off. It does not help that the actual story is plodding and pious. The main heroes are bland and holy, whilst almost every other person in the book is a murderer. Too much darkness and bleakness infects this book and it becomes a real trawl to read through. One to miss, even for hardened historic fiction fans.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Expecting more about a children's crusade, what I wasn't expecting was how graphically violent and sexual this book would be. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tracy Terry
This book confused me somewhat as it didn't seem to know what it was. It was a violent, often skewed portrayal of the troubles in the medieval Holy Land (if Cathars existed... Read morePublished 18 months ago by LDC
I liked this novel more than Blood Rock. A fairly decent storyline. The author showed what blind faith in religion amongst children can lead to, as this became known as the... Read morePublished on 21 Sept. 2013 by Will
Bought from a High Street out-let,knew I was going to enjoy....prior to reading the book, made the cardinal sin of checking out the opinions of other readers. Read morePublished on 24 Sept. 2010 by mycollection
I've got a good grounding on the crusades, and a better one on the monastic knightly orders involved. Read morePublished on 9 Sept. 2009 by Mr. K. Jackson
In the early 13th century thousands of European Christian children set off on a crusade to regain Jerusalem, the relic of the cross and lands from the Muslims. Read morePublished on 30 Aug. 2009 by G. J. Weeks
I read this book whilst on holiday,an excellent read, couldn't put it down, for me it conjured up a feel for the era and the setting in which the book is basedPublished on 17 Aug. 2009 by N. King
This is a story that needed to be told - the Children's Crusade will pull at your heart strings and have you gripped from start to finish. Read morePublished on 5 Aug. 2009 by Emma Greenwood
I thought this book was brilliant. Full of detail about one of the most interesting times in history. Read morePublished on 30 July 2009 by Vanessa Francis