"Marcus Annan, a tourneyer famed for his prowess on the battlefield, thought he could keep the secrets of his past buried forever. But when a mysterious crippled monk demands Annan help him find justice for the transgressions of sixteen years ago, Annan is forced to leave the tourneys and join the Third Crusade.
Wounded in battle and hunted by enemies on every side, he rescues an English noblewoman from an infidel prison camp and flees to Constantinople. But, try as he might, he cannot elude the past. Amidst the pain and grief of a war he doesn’t even believe in, he is forced at last to face long-hidden secrets and sins and to bare his soul to the mercy of a God he thought he had abandoned years ago."
So let's get down to business. Here are a few of the multiple reasons I've died inwardly, repeatedly, because of this book:
- logic and reasoning
- character development
- the ending
- killing people
Now, enough with the praise, although I could go on. I do have just a few critiques:
- the beginning
- the secret
GENRES: Christian, Historical Fiction, Historical, Young Adult, Romance, Christian Fiction
PAGES: 330 (Though for some reason it felt longer. But I'm definitely not complaining :)
RATING (1-5): 5
CONTENT (1-10): 8 (Intense fighting happens, due to the protagonist being a gladiator. Multiple violent deaths occur. Prison camps aren't known as friendly, healthy places, so beware of that. Romantically, there's nothing explicit, but there are things implied. As far as I can recall, there's nothing else to be concerned over. And because it's a Christian book, praiseworthy morals are upheld)
AGE LEVEL: 16+
So, that wraps it up! All things considered, I'd rank this as my favorite historical fiction novel. And guess what? K. M. Weiland will be appearing here, on Literary Cafe, with a guest post, this Friday! Sign up for our newsletter to keep updated with all our guest posts!