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"Fans of history and adventure will devour this well-crafted, dramatic quest." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
In twelth-century England, after his master, a maker of coins for the king, is brutally punished for alleged cheating, seventeen-year-old Edmund finds himself traveling to the Holy Land as squire to a knight crusader on his way to join the forces of Richard Lionheart.
Posted January 2, 2011
Okay honestly? This is seriously the dumbest book I think I've ever read. Don't read it if you want to be a happy person. If you're really boring and have ABSOLUTLY no life AT ALL, then I strongly recommend this book to you.
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Posted October 29, 2002
I read The Book of the Lion by Michael Cadnum. This story takes place in England around the time of the Crusades. In this story a coin smith is accused for adding copper to the silver coins. The coin smith¿s apprentice, Edmund, has to be punished as well, and the standard punishment is to lose your right hand. He tries to escape the King¿s Men, but their horses were too fast for him. He is thrown in jail and keeps his hand. He then fakes his ability to ride a horse and competes in training against another boy for the position of Sir Nigel¿s Squire so he may escape the jail. To his surprise they both are chosen and he begins an adventure to fight in the crusades. He soon experiences his first battle and is commended for saving the other boy by taking down his attacker as the enemy raises his sword. He helps in other battles, but to find out what happens you will have to read the book yourself. I recommend this book, because it is a great adventure novel. It is a wonderful tale that describes the life in Old England. I think that this book has a medium reading level. It uses simple sentences but also has some parts as written from the time period making it challenging to read.
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Posted June 8, 2012
In many ways the Christian Middle Agesis just as distant a world from ours as is the ancient Mayan civilization. Cadnum,who is known more for his almost bitter young adult contemporary novels, brings the religious devotion and the almost casual disregard for life and other cultures to sensitive devotion in Edmund and his companions.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 19, 2011
Posted April 28, 2011
This book has precise revelance to the religiously intimate story of the Crusades. It gives fantastic insight about the life, language, and culture of the people living during this time. Very dramatic, realistic, and is a great read for youg adults. Truly brilliant.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 24, 2008
The great Holy War is just beginning. A young boy named Edmund is woken in the middle of the night to find soldiers in his master¿s home. Edmund is currently an apprentice as a smith. Edmund¿s master is taken and accused of stealing some of the King¿s gold. Edmund tries to fight back, but is knocked away. The soldiers slit his masters wrists and Edmund flees into the cold night. Edmund finds his way to a knight named Sir Nigel, who takes him to practice the skill of the blade. Edmund is faced with many difficulties in training, being that he has no knowledge of fighting. After months of training, Sir Nigel tells Edmund, Hubert(one of his other apprentices), and his fellow knight, Sir Rannulf, that they are going to travel to the great Holy cities Acre and Jerusalem to fight in the Crusades. The team travels for a few weeks to a port in which they set sail on the Holy ship, Sant¿ Agnese. They travel to the Holy cities to find many enemies and discover evil plots. This book isn¿t bad. It was exciting but also dull and boring. I think the author could have told a little less about the traveling and more of the actual action of the book. The author tells this in first person as Edmund and describes what he is living through. He does a great job telling how people would talk in the medieval times, but it does make the book a little difficult to comprehend. I would recommend this book more towards males than females because of the medieval theme. Females may like the book but remember that this is a medieval themed book. I would give this book a three out of five because the book wasn¿t horrible, but it had its weak points and time of poor relation. If you like fantasy, some history, and fighting books, you may like this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 31, 2008
Posted March 1, 2005
I am 12 years old, and while reading this book, I was confused, and bored. To me, this book was a waste of time, and I think I was WAAAAAY too young for it. I recomend this book to HIGH SCHOOLERS!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 16, 2003