Crusade

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The second volume in the internationally bestselling Brethren trilogy, Crusade is gripping historical fiction that “grows more relevant by the day” (Raymond Khoury, bestselling author of The Last Templar)

An international bestseller, Crusade is a fast-paced medieval adventure portraying the rising tide of political pressures that led East and West to war in the 13th century.

After years of bloodshed, peace ...

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Overview

The second volume in the internationally bestselling Brethren trilogy, Crusade is gripping historical fiction that “grows more relevant by the day” (Raymond Khoury, bestselling author of The Last Templar)

An international bestseller, Crusade is a fast-paced medieval adventure portraying the rising tide of political pressures that led East and West to war in the 13th century.

After years of bloodshed, peace finally reigns in the Middle East, in part due to the efforts of Will Campbell and a mysterious group known as the Brethren. However, a cabal of ruthless Western merchants aims to reignite war in the Holy Land, while Prince Edward—once a trusted member of the Brethren—has made a promise to the pope: he will take the Cross to Jerusalem and lead a new crusade. To survive the escalating conflict and protect his family, Will must harness all his knowledge and courage.

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Young follows up her high-profile debut, Brethren, with this continuation of a trilogy about conflict in the Middle East nearly eight centuries ago. Even as the Brethren struggle to keep the peace, another Crusade threatens. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452289604
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/29/2008
  • Series: Brethren Trilogy
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 389,123
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Robyn Young has worked as a creative writing teacher, financial advisor, folk singer, and music festival organizer, and has traveled extensively in Europe and Egypt. She has a masters in creative writing from the University of Sussex.

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  • Posted June 11, 2009

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    Wow! Another great book!

    Couldn' put it down, another great escape!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A superior historical fiction novel

    By 1274, the years of war that has devastated much of the Middle East especially the Holy Land appears over. A shaky peace has finally come to weary people mostly because of the Herculean efforts of the Brethren. However, one of the Brethren Will Campbell fears their cause has been betrayed from within and that hostilities will break out unless the traitor Prince Edward is stopped from meeting his pledge to the Pope that the Cross will soon control Jerusalem. However, Will remains unaware that European war profiteers have found their profits gone since peace has descended on the land so to stir up business they plan a scheme to use Edward as a foolish tool to erupt the Muslin world into a Jihad against the European infidels.-------------- In Egypt, Sultan Baybars¿ heir Baraka has turned a deaf ear towards his fathe who left him with his mother until he was old enough to train as a warrior and then left him with a tutor. Now he ignores his offspring even more since his closest friend died saving his life. Instead Baraka heeds the guidance of soothsayer Khadir who tells him his dad is going to leave him a destroyed kingdom unless he acts. Baybars believes he must fight the powerful Mongol horde while Khadir insists that is not only suicide, but it is the Christians who are the real enemy. A new wave of crusades seems imminent with Will and some of his Brethren peers the only hope to prevent another region wide conflation that could easily spread across the Mediterranean.-------------- The middle book of this superior historical fiction trilogy (see BRETHREN) is a terrific entry as the late thirteenth century Middle East seems on the verge of another Crusade unless Will and his peers can pull off several miracles. The fast-paced story line effortlessly moves back and forth between the subplots and the key cast members are fully developed so that the audience obtains a taste of the medieval age especially in Jerusalem and Cairo in AD 1276.-------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    Excellent Reading

    I quite stumbled upon this author, Robyn Young, and I am very grateful I did. I actually bought the third in her 'Templar' series first, but just a few pages into that one made me realize I wanted to get the set for my personal library. I set aside my original purchase 'The Fall of the Templars', sought out and purchased the first two - 'Brethren' and 'Crusade' so that I could start at the beginning. I would read anything Robyn Young writes! She makes you feel like you are actually experiencing the history you are reading about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    To Phoenixstar

    WHERE IS RAMPAGINGCLAN??! ITS DARKWOLF, REMEMBER ME?? •Darkwolf•

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

    Raven

    Cool! C u sn!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Phoenixstar

    She paces..."i shall always be loyal to my clan..." she murmured, lonely.

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  • Posted August 27, 2012

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    This book offers fast paced action, romance and historical detai

    This book offers fast paced action, romance and historical detail of the
    final years of the Latin Kingdom in the Middle East within a cauldron
    of political intrigue. The plot revolves about political intrigue at
    several levels between those that want to engulf the Middle East in
    warfare to revive or destroy the Latin Kingdoms and those that want to
    maintain peace to include the “Brethren” or Anima Templi, a secret
    society within the Templers. It also involves politics and intrigue in
    the Kingdom of Jerusalem over ascension, and at the court of the Mamluks
    between those that want to fight the Mongols and those that want to
    obliterate what is left of the Latin Kingdoms. On other levels the
    intrigue is associated with the competition for influence between the
    Venetians and Genoese and the Templers and the Knights of St. John,
    the attempts of King Edward I of England to solicit funds from the
    Brethren for a war against Scotland, the often inherent conflict between
    the intent of the Templar leadership and the Brethren, and the personal
    completion between Will Campbell and Garin De Lyons, the former Templar
    and toady of King Edward I. Robyn Young’s characters are believably
    human because they are all flawed. Will was not only divided in his
    loyalties between the Templar leadership and the Anima Templi but
    violated his monastic vows to with Elwen, his lover and wife. Elwen,
    her loyalty weakened by loneliness and bitterness, surrenders to Garin.
    The latter surrenders to self loathing, bitterness, wine and drugs
    losing any vestige of integrity. The plot and subplots play out in the
    historically accurate events leading up to the fall of Tripoli and Acre.
    The reader experiences frustration at the failure of the West to offer
    effective assistance, the pettiness and self-interest of those in
    positions of power and leadership in the West and in the Latin Kingdoms,
    and is emotionally drawn in to the desperation of those seeking to
    escape Acre on too few ships as the doomed Frankish defenders attempt to
    delay the inevitable massacre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2009

    Not good for much

    Sadly, the book cover was the best part of this book. The plot is old, the writing style trite with no real originality. Characters are predictable. There is no romanticism, and it definitily is not thrilling. Do not recommend it for your book club unless you wish to be kicked out of it. Give it to your worst enemy.

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  • Posted May 20, 2009

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    A Very Engaging Book

    Crusade, the sequel to Robyn Young's Brethren is one of the best books I have read recently. It is a rich saga full of exciting action and surprising twists. The characters affect you in a way that makes you feel you have actually taken their journery with them. The characters are deeply affecting - flawed human beings that struggle through their weaknesses and mistakes. Some descend to the point beyond redemption but the others manage to rise above themselves and make a difference, but always, there is a price to pay. Robyn's Young words are powerful, her adjectives so descriptive that the images conveyed are very vivid. This (along with Brethren) is a must read for anyone interested in the Crusades and the Templars.

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  • Posted January 27, 2009

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    A great read

    If you like the basic subject matter the history of the high middle ages, you will really like this book. It is a good and easy read for the most humble of the literati. Exciting fast paced with strong characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2008

    This book was great just like the first one

    this book was amazing but the only thing is the third book isn't out yet it said it should have been for sale in spring 2008 but its not. well evan tho this book is still amazing everyone should by it just read the first one first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2007

    This sequel left me with mixed feelings after a great 1st book

    Crusade is book 2 in a trilogy (The Brethren Trilogy) about the Crusades, the Knights Templar, and a secret society within the Templars that existed to create peace in the Holy Land. I read Book 1, Brethren, in about a week and I eagerly anticipated the arrival of this book (which made my wait about a year) and was somewhat frustrated with the change in tone from book 1 to book 2. Basically, book 1 was thoroughly entrenched in the Templars and their purposes in Outremer (literally 'overseas'), while the fictional characters that were central to the story were on the periphery, color added to the already rich facts and history that were very accurately provided. Book 2 begins with a plot by businessman to force a new Crusade through treachery and deception, a plot that would force the 'Christian' European kings to take up the cross and return to Outremer (current day middle-east), because the Crusades produced business, and vast amounts of money, for many traders. Will Campbell, the main character from Brethren, returns in his place as a knight in the Templars and a member of the Anima Templi, a group that, from within the Templars, works in secret with high ranking members of the Mamluks, the rulers of Egypt and most of Outremer, to end the 200 year war now known as the Crusades. Sultan Baybars, historically speaking one of the greatest rulers of all time in terms of accomplishment, was the ruler of most of Outremer, with the exception of a few chunks of land possessed by the infidels Christians, Venetians, Genoese, and other non-Muslim people. Jerusalem was (and still is, modern news programs remind us of this nightly) the center of the worlds 3 major religions, Christianity (mainly Catholicism during the Crusades), Muslim, and Judaism. All 3 religions believe that they should own the land that is center to their religion. Enter the Crusades. A plot surfaces that could threaten the Christians, the Muslims, everyone in Outremer. Also surfacing are plots to dethrone the men in charge of the Muslims, the city of Jerusalem and the Templars. Also entering the landscape is the powerful horde known as the Mongols (yes, like Genghis Khan), who were looking to take over the world themselves. The Mamluks, as the main power in Outremer were faced with a war on 2 fronts, invading Mongols that were covering Asia like a plague, and the infidel, the Christians, who the Muslims believed defiled their religion and their land simply by being in Outremer. All of these issues tie together to create a story that is excessively rich in character development (perhaps too rich as much time is spent developing characters that I don't believe directly effected the main plot or the final outcome of the novel but they are wonderful characters), rich in history (with accuracy that is brutally honest, aside from the fictional characters), accurate in description of the true historical figures of the time, including their motivations and goals, and somewhat thick with suspense. I believe that suspense is where this book is most disappointing it was not nearly as suspenseful as the first. There is no real climax and the book does not end with a 'cliff-hanger' as the first did. Rather, it just points to where history already tells us we would be headed if we were with Will Campbell. That, of course, is a problem only if you are a student of medieval history, the Crusades, or the Knights Templar, which I am, all 3 (so please accept that I am admittedly opinionated on this subject and not pointing out that the book is flawed by this fact). Brethren, was wonderful. One of my favorite reads recently. This book, however, began slow it took me about 1/3 of the book (maybe 175 pages) to truly gain interest in the story, mainly due to character development that I, personally, don't think was necessary (don't get me wrong, I realize that I did not write this book just my humble opinion). Robyn Young obviously has a tremendous gift and lo

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