Song of the Eight Winds: Reconquista - An Epic Tale of Medieval Spain Paperback – 1 Nov 2012
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'Peter's knowledge and love of this beautiful island flows from every page.' - Lothian Life Magazine (Nov 2013)
'History comes to life through Kerr's skill as a story teller.' - Historical Novel Review
'A hugely entertaining read.' - Majorca Daily Bulletin
'A magnificent adventure ... an herioc tale ... a sweeping epic.' - Dumfries& Galloway Standard
'An action-packed yarn ... entertaining, not just dry history.' - East Lothian Courier
'An enthralling historical novel (about) the Christian Reconquest of Mallorca from the Moors.' (Euro Weekly News).
'Researched in meticulous detail. Extremely well written in an easy style, with many exciting sub-plots.' - Books4Spain.com
Top customer reviews
The excitement begins from the very start, as the Spanish fleet leaves Salou, south of Barcelona, to invade the Moorish rulers of Mallorca in 1229. It is a story of a pauper and a king with a twist, with characters so believable and real. There are the realistic accounts of war as it was in those days, bloodthirsty, but with a soft touch of love and romance, and a little humour thrown in for good measure. The descriptions of towns and villages are so genuine, as written by a man who lived there, (but not at that time I may add).
I can recommend "Song Of The Eight Winds" to anyone with an interest in Mallorca but needing something a little different, not just aficionados of Spain but to everyone who enjoys a great story.
A lot of research and creative writing has gone into this book and as it is Peter Kerr's first historic story, I hope it will not be his last.
After you have read this, his books on his life as an orange grower in Mallorca are a must. If I could give ten points I would. Well done Peter.
Ray Hurst, Isle of Wight
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Peter Kerr has now turned his considerable skills to historic fiction and proves with this book, Song of the Eight Winds, that he is a master storyteller. And what a lush adventurous tale he's penned, set in a unique period of Mallorcan history during the Christian crusade of the 13th century against the Moors who ruled Spain for 500 years. The story pulls you in right from the first page and is beautifully told with two opposing and well-depicted characters in King Jaume I and the appealing helmsman Pedrito Blanes.
What makes this tale so good is Peter's ability to tease out a complex, epic piece of history without losing none of the narrative charm. The mix of historic realism, grand characters, a little romance and Mediterranean heat and colour is enticing. It would all translate very well into a movie.
Highly recommended. I just hope Peter is working on his next blockbuster Spanish tale, amongst other things.
The tale harks back to 1229 when James I of Aragon, the Catalan King, led a crusade to defeat the Moorish rulers of Mallorca who had `colonised' the island for 300 years. The author's comprehensive research of this epic period is woven into a romantised historical tale which describes how Mallorca was reconquered by a Christian army and navy which set sail from the mainland.
The various battles and final storming of the fortified capital, Medina Mayurqa (now Palma), with medieval siege engines, are fascinatingly described, as are the hardships and sacrifices of the population and the armies on both sides. And neither does the author avoid some of the more gruesome and grisly aspects of the campaign in which thousands died.
Extremely well written in an easy style, with many exciting sub-plots and incidents, the book should appeal to the author's many loyal fans as well as those seeking to learn about early Spanish-and Mallorcan- history and its heritage.
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