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Crusade
     

Crusade

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by Robyn Young
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452289604
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/29/2008
Series:
Brethren Trilogy
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
572,941
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

Steve Berry
Wonderful ... loaded with atmosphere, action, and intrigue... The Crusades come alive. (Steve Berry, bestselling author of The Templar Legacy)
Raymond Khoury
Irresistible...Teeming with spirited characters, treachery and betrayal, Brethren captures a story that grows more relevant by the day. (Raymond Khoury, bestselling author of The Last Templar)

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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Crusade 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
magpieMC More than 1 year ago
Couldn' put it down, another great escape!
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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LN_Adcox More than 1 year ago
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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MissMaam More than 1 year ago
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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