Helena Schrader's Historical Fiction

Understanding Ourselves by Understanding the Past.


My biographical novel of Balian d'Ibelin in three parts is complete, but the saga continues. Follow me to Cyprus, where Lusignans and Ibelins struggle to put down a rebellion and establish a durable state. Watch for excerpts and updates here.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

First Review of "A Widow's Crusade"

The first review of A Widow's Crusade was published on amazon, so I wanted to share it here:

5.0 out of 5 stars A very well written and enjoyable story about a lonely widow and her love for an ageing crusader, May 21, 2013
By 
K Mitchell - See all my reviews

This review is from: A Widow's Crusade (Tales from the Languedoc) (Kindle Edition)
I've been waiting for the author to put out another story about the Crusades every since I read the English Templar and she doesn't disappoint with this one. She has a wonderful grasp of life in this period so the story really comes to life and the characters are well developed. I did find that the description of Abelard's father's rebellion against Count (then King) Richard got a little convoluted and there was no groundwork for calling the fever he got from over exerting himself in the rain scarlett fever but those are minor issues in an otherwise well written book. The photos of the castles that are included at the end really brings home the enduring legacy of the Templars and the Crusades for those of us who have never been to France or the middle east to see them.

I'm looking forward to reading all the books in the Tales of Chivalry series as they're published. I just wish the author's first two books in the earlier Knights Templar Trilogy were available as ebooks.


 

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