13th century England: The nobility is aligning against King John in a struggle for power. The kingdom is embroiled in war and bankrupt, and the Crusades are rampaging through the Middle East. The Dawnings are a once-powerful family of English knights who are facing the bleak prospects of their declining power and imminent destruction at the hands of enemies that surround them both at home and abroad.
The first book in the Crusades series, The Knights Dawning, sets the stage for a titanic struggle for survival that could consume a family, a people, and a kingdom. The epic battles and action-packed scenes are coupled with deep characters and complex relationships that give the story a depth beyond ordinary adventure novels. Join the Dawnings as they feud over power, love, jealousies, and old grudges that threaten to destroy the family from within at the moment they most need to stand united.
About the Author
He has loved writing since his earliest years and always intended to be an author, but found many distractions along the way. In other lives he has been a carpenter, martial arts teacher, opera student, vacuum cleaner salesman (for 3 days), Realtor, children's teacher, and a business analyst.
A bit of a nomad, James has lived all over Japan and the United States, from coast to coast and many places in between. He currently resides with his wife, Elizabeth, and their five children in the Chicago area.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm thrilled this is on the Nook now! I read this book when it first came out and I couldn't wait to share it! The characters are extremely well developed and the story is rich and exciting. I recommend this book for any teenager and adult! A MUST read!!
This is a great adventure set against the backdrop of 13th century England. It's the story of a family of knights that are turning on each other as their position in the feudal society becomes increasingly tenuous. It's not really historical fiction. It's really more action/adventure fiction, with a great romance thrown in beside. It just happens to have some of the historical elements of the day woven into the plot. (the author addresses this point in a note at the beginning.) What I loved about this story is that virtually every character is richly developed. There are really no shallow or two dimensional characters. You see into the background and mind of almost all of them. I should mention that my friend read it also and he did not like it because of that. He felt like he "had no one to cheer for," but to me seeing each of them in detail, warts and all, made them all the more real to me. Anyway, great read. Definitely worth a shot.
This isn't typically my favorite genre (I like the girly stuff), but I was genuinely entertained and captivated. I LOVED it!! The character development was very well done for both the male and female characters and that's hard to find in this type of book. It's the perfect summer read. My 14 year old is reading it now and it's kept him up for 3 nights in a row. =)