Kingdom

Kingdom The young warrior Saladin joins a Saracen army headed for Egypt He finds there a land of wonders from the ancient pyramids and the towering lighthouse of Alexandria to the caliph s luxurious pal

  • Title: Kingdom
  • Author: Jack Hight
  • ISBN: 9781848545311
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1164 The young warrior Saladin joins a Saracen army headed for Egypt He finds there a land of wonders from the ancient pyramids and the towering lighthouse of Alexandria, to the caliph s luxurious palace but also a land of unparalleled danger In Egypt, no one can be trusted, not even his family Saladin is surrounded by enemies and haunted by a secret that threatens1164 The young warrior Saladin joins a Saracen army headed for Egypt He finds there a land of wonders from the ancient pyramids and the towering lighthouse of Alexandria, to the caliph s luxurious palace but also a land of unparalleled danger In Egypt, no one can be trusted, not even his family Saladin is surrounded by enemies and haunted by a secret that threatens to destroy him Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, Saladin s closest friend, the former crusader John of Tatewic, has been branded traitor Spared execution on condition that he serves King Amalric, he soon finds himself embroiled in court intrigue Dark forces within Jerusalem conspire to seize the throne As John confronts them, his loyalty to Amalric, and to his old friend Saladin, is put to the test.

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    1. *WARNING* - This is a rubbish review.Kingdom lives up to its predecessor. John has survived and found himself torn between loyalties, loyalty to Yusuf aka Saladin and of the King Amarlic. He turns to the priesthood so he never has to remarry after his love for Zimat. Obviously this produces a rift between himself and Yusuf - his friendship is sorely tested as he takes a oath to protect the Kingdom of Jerusalem. Whereas before he was fighting for Yusuf. You can gather the problems that might ensu [...]

    2. The first book, Eagle, had a rather disappointing depiction of Salahud-din, making him prepared o betray his lord and commit crimes most muslims would not commit in such an environment. This second book, however, is much more accurate as to what Salahud-din actually thought of the world around him, the Franks, the Emirs and the muslim cause against the crusades.It has come to my attention that the Franks and the Saracens were not always fighting willingly. They had many times sought a lasting pe [...]

    3. I just finished a back-to-back read of the first two books in Jack Hight's Saladin series - Eagle and Kingdom, so this is very much a review of both.The story follows the youth and growth of the young Yusuf, from his childhood when he is considered weak and unworthy through to becoming the legendar character that is Salah Ad Din, scourge of the crusaders.The first thing that struck me about these books (and I would say is still the outstanding review factor after book 2 ends) is the fresh perspe [...]

    4. "He had wanted peace but war had found him."My first read of 2018 and I couldn't have chosen a better book for that.The adventure continued and it very much felt like it would bring the end with it, despite the fact that it is only the middle of a trilogy (and that the actual Saladin's biography still goes on).I really, really love the occurring Arabic words and expressions, it makes it all the more realistic. The author did a fantastic job by mixing historical facts with fiction (I'm pretty sur [...]

    5. This, the second installment in Hight's trilogy on that much reknowned icon of history Saladin, is very much as the second half of the opening salvo, 'Eagle'.The first installment was a bud of a book, beginning with rich, personal characterisation and empathisable characters following them as they developed into adults and leaders of men. The second half of the book however seemed to suffocate itself trying to ram in as many details and battles as possible, leaving the characterisation feeling v [...]

    6. After reading Eagle (book one in the Saladin trilogy) I was looking forward to reading this. Unlike the first book where I hadn't quite realised that it really was a book of fiction, this one I approached very differently. I was no longer trying to gain any knowledge about Salahuddin, rather just enjoy reading the next stage in fictional Saladins life. I felt rather disappointed in Saladin in this book. He changed in my mind from a likeable honour bound young man to a more manipulated man whose [...]

    7. This chapter, which should depict the rise of one of the greatest heroes born from the Crusader conflict in the Holy Land, attempts to cover a lot of ground and ends up coming up as rather bland. However, that doesn't mean the book is without merit, nor are the plot and characters stalled. In truth, there is genuine development through the story for the young emir who would be the greatest king Islam ever knew, though a lot of it feels rushed. Indeed it touches in quite a few of the key moments [...]

    8. the second part in Jack Hights Saladin trilogy. For my review of the first one see here. In this second part the two main characters find themselves on opposite sides during the crusades. This part focuses primarily on Saladin's rise to power and the growing up and becoming a leader of the Christian king of Jerusalem.In my first review you can see what I thought were the strong and weak points in the writing, and even though Hights did not make massive leaps on his weak points, he has become awa [...]

    9. It's a solid but standard historical fiction. If you enjoyed the first book then you'll enjoy this as stylistically it's exactly the same. I'm carrying over my complaint from the first book about the terrible depiction of female characters as manipulative sex crazed harpies. There are less women in this book so perhaps you could say it is better?

    10. Well illustration of the different perspective of the west and the east in politics and culture. This series portrays a variety of leadership style. A good build up from the first book, however not as gripping.

    11. Excellent storytellingAn excellent historical novel bringing the turbulent times of the crusades to life. Great characterisation, believable, and told from both sides of, the conflict.Looking forward to the third in this trilogy.

    12. Saladin's history and his rise continues in this series, which is quite not as compelling as expected. Neverthless, the storytelling is simple without major flourishes.

    13. Not bad, paints a decent picture of both sides of the conflict during the Crusades but has a major "part two of three" feel about it.

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