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KINDLE À Vägen till Jerusalem ç For power For passion For gloryThe epic story of the Knights TemplarBorn into a noble Swedish family and coming of age at a monastery under the tutelage of a Cistercian monk and a former Knight Templar, young Arn Magnusson is sent to fulfill his destiny beyond the cloister walls But the world awaiting him is a place at odds with his monastic ways And when the murder of a king engulfs Western G taland into a whirlwind of intrigue and ruthless power plays, headstrong and naive Arn is forced to leave the woman he loves behind and take up arms to battle infidels in the Holy LandThe first book in the international bestselling Crusades Trilogy, this thrilling epic of betrayal, faith, blood, and love sets a Shakespearian quest for power Corriere della Sera, Italy against the backdrop of the Holy Wars, witnessed through a vibrant, unorthodox lens This book was fantastic It has the proper historical accuracy that a historical fiction should have Jan Guillou is a fabulous, well versed author who can paint the world with his words, tickle the senses with his diction, and transport you into a world of love, betrayal, pain, sin and spirituality If you re a reader who even has a passing interest in history, i would recommend this book to you But we warned the story is very complex and moves fast Simply be careful and try to look at the b This book was fantastic It has the proper historical accuracy that a historical fiction should have Jan Guillou is a fabulous, well versed author who can paint the world with his words, tickle the senses with his diction, and transport you into a world of love, betrayal, pain, sin and spirituality If you re a reader who even has a passing interest in history, i would recommend this book to you But we warned the story is very complex and moves fast Simply be careful and try to look at the bigger picture, rather than simply through Arns the main character eyes I might remember these books too fondly as it s been years since the last time I read them, but these are some of the best examples of Scandinavian literature, and also some of the best historical fiction books that I have read.I can t speak for the English translation, but I d highly recommend Jan Guillou and Arn to anyone even remotely interested. Nordic or Saxon based fantasy or historical novels, when written by those outside of the respective countries, tend to turn into a gamut of stereotypical scenarios involving ale and whore houses, lootin and pillagin , and some booze fueled mano a mano manly combat, with some barbaric execution and torture practices thrown in for good measure All this is supposed to exude that rugged sense of manhood and bonding and brotherhood that kept life going in the longhouses on the icy land Instead the Nordic or Saxon based fantasy or historical novels, when written by those outside of the respective countries, tend to turn into a gamut of stereotypical scenarios involving ale and whore houses, lootin and pillagin , and some booze fueled mano a mano manly combat, with some barbaric execution and torture practices thrown in for good measure All this is supposed to exude that rugged sense of manhood and bonding and brotherhood that kept life going in the longhouses on the icy land Instead these just present a crass, stereotypical view of life in the north In today s post Tolkien fantasy realm such as Game of Thrones where the audiences crave that gritty, realistic factor in their stories about heroes of bygone era, I m happy to find a story that neither whitewashes the past, but also doesn t depend on shock value or lowbrow humor to please the reader Instead the story moves forward through engaging dialog between characters Sometimes the conversations help characters develop their internal compass as they grapple with decisions Other times the dialogues arefor the reader, helping them navigate the complex ties of politics, kinship, and Nordic customs as they are happening, without resorting to a clumsy info dump The quasi omniscient perspective is also used well, and it explains events according to the worldview of the person witnessing it such as when there is a miraculous event , but not in a way that s pushy to the reader, but rather helps them understand the mental process of the characters better It s also used well to introduce humor into the story, when the characters thought one way but the reader understood otherwise.As for the plot itself I was initially interested in reading a historical novel set during the Crusades, and was grumpy to find out that this first volume takes place entirely in medieval Sweden, and mostly concerned the childhood and youth of the protagonist Arn, as well as the clan intrigues in the country before its unification Bah, just a bunch of longboats, long names and family lineages, and drunken swordfights And it has a cast list in the beginning organized by clans and lineage But the author introduced the complex political tangles and clan relationships and rivalries in an engaging manner Even the main character s youth growing up in a Cistercian monastery what I thought would be the slowest part of the story is very interesting The details of everyday life, the philosophical conversations, and the personality of the brothers brought the experience to life, and makes the reader identify with Arn s spiritual upbringing and the way it shaped his outlook in the base world beyond the walls But then I might beenthusiastic about monastic life than most The ultimate tension in this volume was how this young man would fare out in the world, where his values acquired from the brothers from the simple, cloistered life would come into tension with the practices of his kinsmen in matters such as having to choose between the comparative evils of strategic murder or even regicide, or risk inflicting greater harm through civil war and through the process the character grows up and reconsiders his point of view A contemplative, self searching protagonist something bildungsroman heroes don t do enough, as they typically just rage or mope In the next volume, I d imagine this tension between what he learned inside the cloister will be found deficient against the reality as he encounters the much maligned Saracens and yet he would preserve what the wise monks despite their own prejudices taught him about how man will ultimately be held accountable for exercising his own free will in matters of judgment Incredible reading Book 1 of 3 books This the story of the fictional character who became the great crusader Arn de Gothia with the Knight s Templar Based on historical factsIn book 1 Arn is sent to a monastery where he learns the obvious ie Latin and religious lessons including being able to reason In addition he learns practical skills horse riding, swordsmanship, long bow and arrow, smithing, gardening, buildingand his faith is devout.Eventually he is excommunicated and becomes a k Incredible reading Book 1 of 3 books This the story of the fictional character who became the great crusader Arn de Gothia with the Knight s Templar Based on historical factsIn book 1 Arn is sent to a monastery where he learns the obvious ie Latin and religious lessons including being able to reason In addition he learns practical skills horse riding, swordsmanship, long bow and arrow, smithing, gardening, buildingand his faith is devout.Eventually he is excommunicated and becomes a knight templar.Unputdownable Great prose.Now racing through book 2