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Blood soaked brilliance
on 25 July 2017
What a book.
Quick warning if you don't like bloody graphic violence then this is not for you. However on the other hand...
This is quite simply brilliant and I would recommend it to anyone.
It is centered mainly around the siege of Malta in the 16th century when the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman The Magnificent decided to once and for all do away with the Knights Hospitallers, aka the Knights Of St John. These knights are also known as The Religion, but to the Ottomans they are regarded as fiends from hell and worse.
While this might appear to be the central story, it is not. For a disgraced noble woman Carla has entered into a bargain with a former Janissary now turned merchant Mattias Tannhauser, to find her missing son.
So while falling in love with Carla and her companion which could of been a love triangle but is not. For reasons that can only be explained if you read this book. Mattias looks for her son. Yet again something that could be a fairly straight forward plot arc running through the book is taken to new levels once MT has found the wayward boy. The boy's real father is also on the island looking for his son and for reasons of his own, he has come to hate MT and his companions.
So with a plot that has numerous levels, sieges, love triangles, betrayals, rescues, the dreaded inquisition looking to unseat the head of the religion and far more. This is a very full book. In other hands it might of been a trilogy or more but here the writer as crammed it all into the one volume.The climax while extremely bloody and fast paced it has some extremely touching moments of redemption as well.
This is the first of a (I hope) planned trilogy that centers around MT. The second volume The 12 Children Of Paris is just as good... Bring volume 3 plz