A new historical novel about the unusual life of King Baldwin IV of Jerusalem, the leper crusader king who - despite ascending to the throne at only 13, his early death at 24 and his debilitating disease - performed great and heroic deeds in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Teenagers and avid readers of all ages will be amazed at this story and be inspired by a faith that accomplished the impossible!
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Crusader King: A Novel of Baldwin IV and the Crusades based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
If you haven’t read one of Susan Peek’s books, you’re really missing out. She has a series of teen novels based on little known saints with the tag-line, “God’s Forgotten Friends: Because the saints weren’t boring, and neither should their stories be”. This encompasses her books perfectly. I’ve read all four of her books and have thoroughly enjoyed each of them. She writes fast-paced, action-packed novels that are incredibly engaging as well as informative. While they are written with modern language, which makes them easy to read and relatable to teens, these fact-based tales transport the reader back in time. I’d never heard of Baldwin IV. But what an amazing person he was. He became the ruler of Jerusalem at the young age of 13. He was a devout Catholic trying to protect his kingdom during the tumultuous Crusades from foreign enemies, as well as some closer to home, all while battling a horrific disease. Not only did I learn a lot about this period in history but was captivated by Baldwin’s personal struggles and inspired by his unwavering faith. Another amazing novel by this very talented writer.
This review is from my 14-year-old son. "I really like Susan Peek's writing style. I read the book in one day, then read it several times over the next few weeks. The way Baldwin perseveres despite his illness and struggles makes me want to imitate his example. This was an intriguing novel that I just couldn't put down."