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Nice idea but poor execution - indifferent book on the Crusades
on 26 August 2016
The book is the first in a series of novels on the medieval times / Crusades, following Garyn Wyn - a young blacksmith's son - on his journey of first bereavement and then his quest to free his brother in the Holy Land and bring him back home to Wales.
While the general idea is good, I find the execution to be somewhat rushed. The story is very linear and telegraphed from a mile away, the characters are very one dimensional (good / bad) and there are no real twists or turns in the story - with every problem there is a deus ex machina solution that does not really emerge from the overall story. Add to this the many spelling mistakes and the at times indifferent research, and the book is a lot less than it could have been with a firmer editor and a proper proof reader.
Even if you are into the Crusades, there is much better material out there, so I find it hard to truly recommend the book. It does perhaps work for a younger audience, where twists and turns worthy of a George R.R. Martin may be too much to fathom but otherwise the book lacks quite a bit compared to the other fictional material covering the period.