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The Iron Lance: 1

The Iron Lance: 1 [Kindle Edition]

Stephen R. Lawhead
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Stephen Lawhead is best known for his "Pendragon Cycle" of Arthurian fantasies. His previous novel Byzantium moved him into historical rather than mythological fiction; The Iron Lance confirms this change. It is the story of the First Crusade, told by a youth from the Orkneys, a large group of islands off the north coast of Scotland.

At 14 Murdo Ranulfson is too young to go on a Crusade. But when he and his mother are thrown off their own land by soldiers of Prince Sigurd of Norway, who has claimed the Orkneys, Murdo travels to the Holy Land to fetch back his father and brothers, to reclaim their land. He witnesses at first hand the horrors of the Crusade, particularly what Lawhead calls "the rape of Jerusalem".

In common with Lawhead's earlier works, there is a strong Christian element to the story, but here the emphasis is on the Spirituality of the Célé Dé, Celtic monks, in contrast with the venality of the Catholic Church of the time. The main story is framed in the late-19th century narrative of a secret religious order descended from the monks, and from Murdo.

This is a powerful story, well told. Lawhead, better than most American writers, brilliantly captures what feels like the true essence of mediæval Britain and Europe. --David V. Barrett


Praise for Byzantium: 'Fantasy writing doesn't get much better than this' The Express 'This is a rip-roaring adventure story; the pace rarely flags. There's scheming, murder and betrayal aplenty' Interzone 'Amusing and interesting' Locus 'A vivid historical setting and a credible and satisfying plot' Publishing News


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 526 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 656 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0310217822
  • Verlag: HarperCollins e-books (13. Oktober 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Typical Lawhead - Brilliant! 19. Juni 2000
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I'm not entirely convinced that the person who submitted the negative reviews below actually read the book, so I am submitting my personal impressions of the book instead.
Lawhead is second to none in the genre of historical fiction, but don't take my word for it, books like Byzantium and the Pendragon cycle are now the industry's established benchmark for their respective themes. And that is not without good reason.
The first thing that you notice as you read this (or any other Lawhead) book, is the attention to detail that instead of making the story tedious, transport you there instantly. The pace and style of this book is somewhere between Ben Hur and Indiana Jones, with a dash of Ivanhoe, and the Ancient-meets-Medieval melange of genres is pulled off masterfully by this skilled author.
This is a fine novel, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I have ordered Black Rood, which seems to be getting good reviews as well, but I do not need a review to tell me how good these books are. They are treasures, and I will read this again (something I rarely do) while I wait for The Black Rood!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Historical Fiction Second to None! 14. Dezember 1998
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Having read all of Lawheads major works I can easily say that this is one of his finest achievements. Within these pages you will experience the treachery of monarchs, the plotting of kings and nobles, the loss of loved ones, the tenderness of true love, the warmth of true friends, and the excitement of a raging battle. All of this comes together to make a tapestry of epic story telling and an adventure as timeless as they come. So if you have read Lawhead in the past and enjoyed his works then I urge you to get this book. And if you have never read Lawhead before this is a great place to start.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Best So Far! 2. Dezember 1998
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This is by far the best example of this type ofhistorical fantasy from an interesting and fresh perspective: that ofa young celtic nobleman. If you liked Byzantium, or even liked the idea of Byzantium but haven't read it or didn't like it, then get this book, you won't be dissappointed. The wealth of culture from the crusader era is fantastic and offers tremendous insights into the world at that time.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Gripping 17. Mai 2000
I can't understand why the author bothered with the character of the Scots lawyer,time travelling back to the time of the Crusades. The story stands on its own feet without the need for a framework. The greed and larceny of the bishops and senior churchmen doesn't do much to enhance ones view of the early Christian church and the terrible horror of war and destruction and wholesale slaughter by both christians and non-christians alike is shocking in its savagery. In spite of all this,it's a fascinating window into the lifestyles and minds of all classes of people of that era. I'm looking forward to volume two.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Well read person gives book four stars 10. April 2000
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Wow! This was an excellent book by Lawhead. I consider it to be bettered only by Byzantium. I noticed some people were unhappy with the weak plot. I thought it had a good plot with good characters, thought none were strong. It really transported me back to the time period of the Crusades. I do not read books like this for intellectual advancement, but for a combination of entertainment and relaxation. This book is more than sufficient to satisfy these needs of mine.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Classic Lawhead 22. Februar 2000
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Lawhead keeps improving. While the plot is perhaps weaker than Byzantium, this book is intriguing, exciting, and richly woven with detail.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Not bad, but not Lawhead's best 26. Januar 2000
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The only other Lawhead book I had read prior to this one was "Byzantium". Needless to say, "The Iron Lance" is inferior to "Byzantium".
This isn't to say that the book is not without its strengths. The protaganist is a fairly well developed character for whom it is easy for the reader to empathize. Lawhead is at his best in the action scenes. He paints vividly with his writing as he describes the horrors of the Crusades.
I will recommend this book, but if you haven't read anything by Stephen Lawhead then you should read "Byzantium". Its is best work yet.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Pleasant but empty 4. Dezember 1999
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As in all of Stephen Lawhead's novels, the strength here lies in the setting. Though I'm not expert enough to say whether he accurately depicted the Crusades, the scenes in the book evoke realistic images.
The story has its merits, though there's not much to distinguish it from other 'quest' stories. Perhaps my memory is faulty but I recall 'Byzantium' to have had a much stronger plot. At times during the novel (particularly scenes with Emperor Alexius) I had to resist the urge to skip ahead. Looking back now I'm sorry I didn't. The scenes didn't convey any vital information and only served to disrupt the flow of the story.
At the conclusion of the book it felt like I was reading a Horatio Alger novel. Our Hero gets the riches, gets huge tracts of land, and gets the girl, all by being honest and brave.
Definitely not Lawhead's best work. Try the Empyrion books or the Albion trilogy for excellent fantasy.
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