The Road to Jerusalem

The Road to Jerusalem

Book - 2010
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For power. For passion. For glory.

The epic story of the Knights Templar.

Born in 1150 to a noble Swedish family and coming of age at a monastery under the tutelage of a Cistercian monk and a former Knight Templar, young Arn Magnusson is sent to fulfill his destiny beyond the cloister walls. But the world awaiting him is a place at odds with his monastic ways. And when the murder of a king engulfs Western G#65533;taland into a whirlwind of intrigue and ruthless power plays, headstrong and naive Arn is forced to leave the woman he loves behind and take up arms to battle infidels in the Holy Land.

The first book in the international bestselling Crusades Trilogy, this thrilling epic of betrayal, faith, blood, and love sets "a Shakespearian quest for power" (Corriere della Sera, Italy) against the backdrop of the Holy Wars, witnessed through a vibrant, unorthodox lens.

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Harper, 2010, c2009
ISBN: 9780061688546
0061688541
Characteristics: vii, 398, 36 p. : maps. --
Additional Contributors: Murray, Steven T.

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heydanl
Jul 15, 2014

Love, absolutely love this trilogy.

Excellent historical fiction, military fiction,

This the first book, of the 'Crusades Trilogy' by Jan Guillou, focusses primarily on the birth, early life, and training of Arn Magnusson, the main protagonist of this trilogy. Not 'til book 2, do we move to the 'Holy land', the setting of the 1st Crusades! Enjoy

Great character development, super story telling!

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Eosos
Jun 06, 2014

It's an uncomplicated read. Often boring. Sometimes interesting.

The extreme naivete of Arn is not my most favorite trait in a main character. While later in the story he has a more 'in the world but not of the world' quality that stems from his religious upbringing, it wasn't enough to make up for the earlier naive innocence that annoyed me so much.

The characters had no real depth for me. They haven't been fleshed out to real people, just distant foreign historical figures thrown into a story. I did like Arn's mom, though how she magically seems to make money and be innovative with everything she does, seems a bit much at times.

The best part of the book is that the Scandinavian history is very clear. It's not just another medieval story that could technically be set anywhere, this one is very involved with it's backdrop. I think I would prefer a non-fiction work from this author though. His mix of too much fact and not enough story didn't work in this fiction setting, though I do really like the history, the location and the era.

The writing comes across as very simple, childish and choppy throughout. I'm not sure if this is from the translation alone or has been carried through from the original text.

The author has tried to create a story from medieval times, not just of medieval times and I appreciate that, but it didn't catch my imagination enough to read the next volume.

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WILLIAM JOSE MORAN
May 07, 2012

Good solid historical fiction. Great trilogy.

EuSei Jul 23, 2011

I love historical fiction, and am a voracious reader, yet couldn't go father than the first 5 pages of this book. Did I say BORING?!

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heydanl
Jul 15, 2014

heydanl thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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