Eagle (Saladin Trilogy, Book 1) by Jack Hight

By Jack Hight

Salah ad-Din, or Saladin as he's identified to the Franks, used to be a Kurd, the son of a despised humans, and but he turned Sultan of Egypt and Syria. He united the peoples of Allah, recaptured Jerusalem, and drove the Crusaders to the very fringe of the ocean. He battled, and finally tamed King Richard the Lionheart, who good deserved his savage identify. He used to be a very good guy, the best guy that I ever knew, but if I first met him, he was once just a thin child...- The Chronicle of Yahya al-Dimashq yet along the legend of Saladin there's one other tale. while the Crusader military is routed underneath the partitions of Damascus in 1148, a tender Saxon named John is captured and enslaved. he's got by way of Yusuf, a moderate, bookish boy, for the cost of a couple of sandals. And so starts off the tale of 2 enemies introduced jointly through destiny and of a friendship that might switch the face of the Holy Land. Timid Yusuf will develop as much as turn into the warrior Saladin, nicknamed 'the Eagle'; John will first train his younger grasp the artwork of battle, ahead of returning west to serve first the King of Jerusalem after which King Richard himself. From marvelous set-piece battles to the political manoeuvrings of the corrupt Crusader court docket, from the brutality of unmarried wrestle to the sophistication of Islamic lifestyles, this can be the 1st in a impressive trilogy that might chart the tale of the best chief the center East has ever known.

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'Hight's stirring ebook is brimming with the entire pleasure, motion, romance and event that readers might count on from a story set within the turmoil of the Crusades - however it can be an eye-opening window directly to the sophistication and complexity of Islamic existence within the overdue center a while and a good early portrait of 1 of history's so much attention-grabbing characters' Lancashire night publish 'Hight has used his abilities as an historian ... to construct a framework of sturdy ancient truth on which he builds his fascinating story. And fascinating it's ... vigorous and a true page-turner, yet what makes it exact is that shining via is his deep wisdom of the Arabic tradition ... promising and compelling' jap day-by-day Press 'Epic is the note to sum up this thundering ancient event which starts off Hight's bold new Saladin trilogy' Peterborough night Telegraph 'Exciting and interesting' HNR

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