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The Iron Lance: The Celtic Crusades: Book I: 1 von [Lawhead, Stephen R.]
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Most of Stephen Lawhead's popular historical fantasies are part of one or another of his sagas, trilogies, or cycles. For readers who enjoy big galloping yarns set in distant lands, and don't mind having their hands held by the author every step of the way, the first volume of his new Christian trilogy should hit the spot.

The framing device begins at the end of the nineteenth century, in Edinburgh, where Gordon Murray is about to be inducted into an ancient brotherhood whose secret rites involve a sacred relic: the iron lance of the title. The main narrative is set in eleventh century Orkney. When Pope Urban II calls for the retaking of Jerusalem from the infidel, the local lord, Ranulf, joins the Crusade with his elder sons, leaving behind young Murdo to oversee the family holdings. When the Church, through a nefarious scheme, confiscates the house and holdings, Murdo has no choice but to follow the Crusaders to the Holy Land and bring his father home to fix the whole mess.

Lawhead paints a vast and exotic canvas of medieval world politics, then peoples it with colorful characters--cunning Byzantine rulers, bluff Norman knights, gap-toothed, shaggy-brained Saxon peasants--who encounter visions and miracles, brutality and ambition, love and justice. At the end of the main narrative, Murdo gets what he wants but not in the ways expected. The framing narrative ends with hints that, as the world lurches towards a new millennium, Gordon Murray's Christian secret society is the world's only hope for survival, and the time nears for the brotherhood to reveal itself. --Luc Duplessis

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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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2159 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 656 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0310217822
  • Verlag: Harper Voyager (13. Oktober 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B000FCKOCW
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Von Ein Kunde am 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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Von Ein Kunde am 26. Juni 1999
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Once again Lawhead turns his attentions to a prominent place in our history, this time the Crusades.
Lawhead is a highly talented writer but too often settles for easy, trite answers and peoples his stories with shallow, one-dimensional characters. Unfortunately the protagonist in this one, Murdo, is one of his worst creations. Yet another cliched innocent young man wronged by someone more powerful (nothing wrong with that part in theory), Murdo is an unexceptional character: a whiny, weak, frightened, unskilled farmboy who spends have the novel pining away for his love Ragna.
This is another of Lawhead's increasingly torturous tricks: placing his lead into a position of yearning and lust for a woman flirts and plays him but never comes clean about her intentions. Again, nothing wrong with this in theory but since we seen it from him about ten times over the last fifteen years this device is extremely tired and worn out.
As are Lawhead's descriptions of battles... it's as if he just copies out the prose from his other novels Taleisin, Merlin, Arthur, and transposes them here.
But the worst part of Lawhead's narratives these days are his incessant reminders of what a great and powerful God these warriors follow. Heavy handed and predictable comments about how 'good God is' and how 'kind Jesu is' have grown so wearisome on the reader over the years that though I've come to expect it in every novel now I can hardly stomach these contrived 'subplots'. In Byzantium it Adain's loss of faith and subsequently illogical and abrupt re-embrace of his beliefs and in Iron Lance it is Murdo's rather contrived plot device of despising Christians and their religion because of the church's seizure of his lands... only to inexplicably embrace this God whom he so loathed.
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This is a must read! Lawhead has always done an incredible job writing trilogies (the original Pendragon trilogy, the Dragon King trilogy, and the Song of Albion trilogy were all excellent), but The Celtic Crusades just might surpass them all. The reason is the stregth of the historical truth that is behind this novel, and the books to follow. Lawhead has always done a wonderful job at historical research and his study of the Crusades is evident. Words aren't minced - he show's it exactly how it happened (or almost, historically it was bloodier). The Iron Lance is a sequal to Byzantium (a few hundred years later)and the book is just as good. If you enjoyed Byzantium (or any of Lawheads previous books - as I do - note my cool email address), you'll love The Iron Lance. I'm already watching the out-of-print web sources for The Black Rood advance copy. I can tell that this is a trilogy that will get stronger with every book. Read this book, you won't regret it - I guarantee! Also, ignore the bad review a few down from me, he obviously is missing a lot!
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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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Once again, I found myself pulled into a world almost 1000 years old. Each of Lawhead's books has affected me in a very strong way. This book did it again. The story pulled at all my emotions, pulling laughter, enjoyment, and tears out of me at different points. I enjoyed the book very much and would recomend it to anyone interested in the time of the Crusades. It makes them real in a sense that I could never get from a textbook. Lawhead also tends to make his stories morality plays, and this happens in this story. Sometimes, when I finish a book, even though I enjoyed it I feel that it really does not have much of a point to it. I have not found this to be true of any of Lawhead's books, definitely not this one. The only reason I did not give this book a full five stars is that it is not as good as Merlin, my favorite of his books. But it is an incredible book that I highly recomend.
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