Genre: Historical Fiction/Crusades/Religion
Number of Pages: 514
Publication Date: July 27, 2016
Rating: out of 5
OBC Rating: 3 out of 4 stars
Story Perspective: Alternating Third-Person
Themes: Religion, War, Love
*This was part of the OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day Program and is part of the Blogger Review Program*
This book has also been officially reviewed for OnlineBookClub.
The review below is an alternate version of my official OBC one. If you’re curious, you can find my official OBC review here: Envoy of Jerusalem
After losing Jerusalem to the Sultan Salah ad-Din and his ungrateful followers, the Saracens, Balian feels defeated and tired. But the guilt feels in not being able to free the tens of thousands Christians enslaved by the Sultan weighs down on him.
When everything seems hopeless, the mighty King Richard, the Lionheart, of England comes to aid in this cause. Can they work together to free the Christians and reclaim the Holy Land to the Christians?
Wow! This read was simply amazing. Though it is the third in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone.
It is filled with treachery, action, love, and most importantly the true effects of wartime. The author did an amazing job in bringing life and character to the people involved during the twelfth-century Crusades, which isn’t an easy task. Fortunately, Schrader creates likable and realistic characters making the read enjoyable as well as informative.
Another strength would be the portrayal of the effects wartime and sieges has on the civilians. The lack of food, the constant fear, the uncertainty, the losses, the fighting, and so much more is captured in this read.
The only issue have for Envoy of Jerusalem are the interchanging of names/titles among the characters. For example, Balian d’Ibelin is called Balian and Ibelin, due to him being born and owning Ibelin. This happens to many characters here, but it was something I was able to get used to. However, when it came time for the Sultan to refer to people, their names changed once again. Now Balian was referred to as ‘Ibn Barzan’. This wouldn’t be bad if I could figure out who was whom each time, but there is one that I am still confused about.
Overall, this story was very vivid, realistic, and historical accurate. With only a few minor errors and clarification of name interchanging, I’m sure there will be many who will enjoy this historical fiction.