Behold the Dawn

Behold the Dawn

by K. M. Weiland

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ISBN-13: 9780978924614
Publisher: PenForASword Publishing
Publication date: 08/24/2009
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso. She is the internationally published author of the Amazon bestsellers Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel, as well as the dieselpunk adventure Storming and the portal fantasy Dreamlander. When she's not making things up, she's busy mentoring other authors on her site helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com. She makes her home in western Nebraska. Find out more about her fiction at kmweiland.com.

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Behold the Dawn 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Behold the Dawn is like The Song of Roland, but in this version the knights have secrets and past sins that haunt their every waking moment. Marcus Annan, the protagonist, is the larger than life tourneyer/soldier with a conscious who draws readers in with his unmatched battleground skills. And, like The Song of Roland, many infidels fall before his feet without the honor of a name or line of dialogue besides a battle cry. Then again, there was a language barrier and the focus of the book is not on slaughter and victory. However, when one reads this book it feels more like reading a movie. Readers receive precise instructions as to how the characters are moving, standing, and thinking... This becomes exhausting to bear with even early on in the book, but the plot may be enough to pull you through to the end. If you like vivid, well thought out scenes and equally well thought out characters each with their own set of extensive details, then this book should pose no issue to you.
Reverendella More than 1 year ago
This is a story that took me by surprise - it was difficult to start, but once I got into it, everything fell into place. Behold the Dawn is a tale of salvation, redemption and revenge set during the Third Crusade. Every one of the characters has a secret and the secrets seemed tied to other secrets. I particularly enjoyed the beginning scene at the tournament - not your sanitized tourney straight out of "Camelot" or the first season of "The Tudors," but the ugly, violent, yet exciting sport that was banned in England by Henry II and condemned the church. You taste the dirt, the sweat, the blood, and you feel the pain at times. You get inside the troubled soul of Marcus Annan and wish better for him - and you wonder what went wrong that forced him onto his life's journey. The main characters are enignmatic, and puzzling - you have to keep reading. I would give "Behold the Dawn" five stars, but some of the dialogue grated on me - the use of the word 'bucko' and the wise-cracking sidekick's dialogue and behavior was out-of-century: the dialogue seemed better suited for an "Indiana Jones" movie - not bad, but it just seemed jarring and didn't fit. I also did not like two of the main characters, The 'Baptist', who seemed to be everywhere, and especially Marek. Would a squire talk like that to his master, especially one as lethal as Marcus Annan, and be able to stand up straight after smarting off to the boss? Don't think so. Also, I wished the author would have better explained the dirtiest secret of all, the one alluded to at every step and in every scene and by every character. All are connected in one way or another to it. When I got to the end, as satisfying as it was, there were still a lot of unanswered questions in my mind. And yet, I have to say it was still a good read.
Tracykrausswrtr More than 1 year ago
This is one of those rare books that makes you want to go back and reread parts, not because you missed something the first time, but because you just want to re-savour the moment. The description is so vivid yet it never weighs the story down. Even the complex and sometimes bloody battle scenes (which I sometimes just skim over in some books – even well written ones) warranted complete and thorough attention and her dialogue felt so genuine for the period (even though no one is around to verify how they actually spoke during the middle ages.) This book has high action, beautiful imagery, deep characterization, twists that were actually surprising, and enough romance to satisfy without being sappy. It is hauntingly beautiful. It is the second book I’ve read by author K.M. Weiland and I think I can officially state that I am now a fan.
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that BEHOLD THE DAWN by K.M. Weiland is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
TedsReview More than 1 year ago
Well-Written Period Piece For the fans of romantic period stories or religiously moral romances. With action, romance and a little humour thrown into a historical setting, one will find themselves a nice read amongst these pages. Although a religious themed story may scare away certain readers, it isn't as contrived as one may expect, since it fits snugly into the medieval period that it is set; K. M Weiland has hewn her mark into this era. For the pedants with possible queries, however, skip to the Afterword for an explanation. The parabolic theme of redemption that permeates this novel is pleasing, though, whether it clogged up the plot somewhat is debatable; somewhere near the beginning of the act two, the narrative began to slow and it took a while to pick back up. The revisiting of the protagonist's horrors, no doubt a device to explain his character, seemed overdone. This may well be a factor that makes the final unveiling all too obvious. This is a shame, since the Weiland promises to be an author that could have handled this better. Her writing quality suggests she has the skill to transcend from genre to literary fiction should she desire. This kind of flawless text is much welcome amongst the edit-needing prose that is commonly found on Kindle. 3.49 stars for this particular book with a mind to read another from this author. I received an ARC of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for my unbiased review.
Lady_Pict More than 1 year ago
I snatched a copy of Behold the Dawn because K.M. Weiland offered it through Story Cartel for free in exchange for an honest review; however, that wasn’t my true motivation. Having read Weiland before and enjoyed her so thoroughly, my desire to get my hands on another of her books for the pure enjoyment of her writing was my real purpose. The free book and the chance to write a review were just added perks. Behold the Dawn is a rich tale full of fascinating and complex characters and set to the backdrop of the Crusades. Marcus Annan, a Scottish (loved that he was Scottish!) tourneyer, is haunted by the bloody sins of his past. He’s spent sixteen years trying to forget and punish himself for his mistakes. But that past will not relinquish its hold. Gethin, an old friend gone mad with his quest for vengeance, draws Annan into a wide web of manipulation, betrayal, murder, deceit, and violence. But along the way, Annan faces the inescapable fact that some goodness remains, such as Mairead, the widow of the Earl of Keaton, who he must save, and who in doing so offers him the chance for healing and a new life. The story if full of lofty heroism and characters having to face the truths about themselves that they’ve tried running from for years. In other words, it’s my sort of book. I loved Annan, his indentured servant Marek, who had no qualms about telling Annan exactly what he thinks about everything and is hilarious, Mairead the lovely lady invariably caught in the snares the other characters set, and many more characters besides. There were many places I laughed, many I wished I didn’t have to stop at to go make dinner for the family, and a few where I almost cried. More, though, Weiland composed a story that, while utilizing common elements like knights and bishops, was original. I don’t want to give away too much, but suffice it to say that Weiland successfully wove an intricate plot and numerous personalities in ways I didn’t expect. The surprises were enjoyable, the plot was interesting, and the characters are ones I will enjoy thinking about even after finishing the book. For anyone who enjoy Medieval history, stories about knighthood and honor, tales with twists, redemption, or romance, I highly recommend Behold the Dawn by K.M. Weiland.
readtomuchMN More than 1 year ago
Cons: There is a lot of unnecessary description which takes away from some of the very beautiful writing and important information. I don’t need to read about the color of every sunset or the action that every character makes. This over use of words tends to make some scenes drag on and on. There is too much foreshadowing for me. I like a little surprise and the lines between good and bad a little more blurred. The end left me a little confused on some things but I wonder if the author left those doors open for another book. The author dedicated this book to her Savor because of this when the character where talking about being ‘saved’ and or about God it felt like she was trying to save me. Pros: The story is well told. The characters were easy to like. It was a quick read for me I was able to read it in about 1 ½ days. This would be the perfect read for a vacation, a beach read or a little light historical fiction for the weekend. If there was a sequel to this book I would read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago