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The Iron Lance (The Celtic Crusades, #1)

free download The Iron Lance (The Celtic Crusades, #1) download ê eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Stephen R. Lawhead Stephen R. Lawhead ✓ 3 read Escendants for centuriesRich in heroism treachery and adventure The Iron Lance begins an epic trilogy of Scottish noble family fighting for its existence and its faith during the age of the Crusades and of a secret society whose ceremonies will shape history for a millennium“INTRIGUING STEEPED IN HISTORICAL DETAIL ” Library Journ. Big thank you to Adam for recommending a book with my name in the titleIt was really interesting to read a post grimdark fantasy series in 2016 I could feel the ideas evolving towards a bleaker world view through the depictions of graphic violence against civilians and the flagrant self interest of the highest ranking noblemen although Bohemond and Dalassenus still came over as extremely charismatic figures It was interesting to contrast this with the major plot resolution which upheld kingly honour and placed the testimony of a young vassal and his mother above that of an influential bishop A charming missing link novel combining element of 1980 s post Tolkein honour narratives with the burgeoning demand for gritty or grey fantasy characters Very much a relic of its timeAnother element that I really found refreshing was the presence of a disabled love interest for the main character Ragna was introduced as intelligent first and beautiful second with both postural and facial deformities arising from an accident when she was a baby I found this really authenticated the love between Ragna and Murdo and softened my opinion of the sometime overly headstong and conservative Murdo Unfortunately later in the book Ragna s disability fails to be mentioned and it poses no difficulties for her when she is placed in hostile circumstances which kind of undermined the originality of the concept for me personally Still a great step forwards I cannot think of a single other book which portrays an attractive disabled female leadYet why the two star rating Let me explain my Taranto esue ruthlessnessFirstly there were serious pacing issues with the book I charge the editors with this than the author himself as I feel that some small alterations would have resolved much of the issue In its current state however there was a jarring mix of needless hurry for example travelling overnight or during the hottest part of the day when it would have been sensible to travel a few hours later juxtaposed with year long sea voyages and months of overwintering in which the characters uietly bide their frustration Would the nature of medieval journeying not teach Murdo a little patience Still he is only 18 and I would have accepted his frustration better if it had been incorporated into a linear build up of suspense throughout the low action sections of the narrative Second I have to deduct a star for some dodgy metaphors In some places the writing was a little unimaginative For example there s a paragraph where sunburn is likened to fire and flame and singing and burning just a little unimaginative Similarly things shine like the sun blood turns things either black or red with a relentless monotony of prose and all the noblemen are described in a very similar trite mannerOkay Rant over I really enjoyed the book the narrative was compelling and the prose absorbing I have no doubts about picking up the second in the series

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free download The Iron Lance (The Celtic Crusades, #1) download ê eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Stephen R. Lawhead Stephen R. Lawhead ✓ 3 read Nd redeem his family’s land Murdo sets off on a journey that leads him to the Mediterranean the heart of civilization now threatened by barbarian hordes and on to the fabled city of Constantinople and beyond to the Holy Land Amidst brutality and ambition Murdo discovers what he seeks and obtains a relic that will guide him and his d. This book is the first in a series but tells a story that is complete in itself The second and third books pick up with the same narrator and the same family on new adventuresThis book is what I like best about Lawhead real history mixed in with a fictional story There are three stories which are folded together One is of a man in 1899 who joins a secret society That story progresses through all three books and the reader uickly realizes that he and his society are related somehow to the earlier story that he is apparently narrating which takes place in the 11th century during the first Crusade A second story is of the knights and nobles leading the Crusade and the Holy Roman emperor as the Crusade travels through the emperor s land and on to Jerusalem We follow the politics of the Crusade which is not yet apparent to the real hero of the book This second story merges with the third as the Crusade reaches the Holy LandIn the third story our unknown hero sets out on a personal uest in the midst of the first Crusade Murdo has witnessed the theft of his family lands and holdings and so sets out to bring his father home from Crusade to obtain justice for his family So Murdo must follow him there It is an interesting adventure with some uirky monks thrown in to lighten the story Some aspects of the story are to be expected but the journey getting there is fresh and uniueLawhead seems to indict the 11th century church the nobles and princes and the horrors of war The local bishop and abbot are depicted as totally unrepentant corrupt authorities They steal the land and holdings of those who have gone on holy Crusade and even cast the wives and children out of their homes and practically imprison their wives and small children Many of the knights on Crusade are depicted as ruthless and cruel While traveling to Jerusalem the Crusade pilgrims are said to raid towns along the way often killing innocents and destroying property The leaders which include church officials make little apology for their crimes There is one chapter where the Arabs ruthlessly kill both knights and civilians in brutal waysSince the story revolves around Christian characters there is some preaching of Christian values especially trusting in God The most exemplary characters are members of the Cele De which is a Christian sect but with hints of Druidism Most of these characters display excellent behavior especially in contrast to those around them These characters have visions and their central focus is the revered relic to which the title refers This Iron Lance is supposed to be actual spear that pierced the side of Christ on the cross The white monk of the visions ask Murdo and the priests to establish an isolated kingdom away from the evils of the world where enlightened people can follow the True PathThere are several chapters that are very difficult to read with explicit war violence laced with descriptions of pillaging and horrible atrocities against civilians by the Crusaders There is a little romance with a sex scene that is barely described in just a line or two There is some gutter language

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 630
  • The Iron Lance (The Celtic Crusades, #1)
  • Stephen R. Lawhead
  • English
  • 07 October 2020
  • 9780061051098

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    download ê eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Stephen R. Lawhead Stephen R. Lawhead ✓ 3 read free download The Iron Lance (The Celtic Crusades, #1) Big thank you to Adam for recommending a book with my name in the titleIt was really interesting to read a post grimdark fantasy series in 2016 I could feel the ideas evolving towards a bleaker world view through the depictions of graphic violence against civilians and the flagrant self interest of the highest ranking noblemen although Bohemond and Dalassenus still came over as extremely charismatic figures It was interesting to

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