Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Road to the West by Rosanne Lortz

 Tancred is a haunted warrior. Seeking redemption for his past sins, he leaves his family and their battle and journeys to Rome. There the Pope offers him absolution if he will take up the banner on the First Crusade. Tancred humbly agrees. When he joins the Crusaders, including his abandoned family, he is surprised to find that many of the warriors lack his zeal and devotion. On the Road to the West, Tancred faces danger from the enemy, as well as treachery from his companions. 
Rosanne Lortz captures the First Crusade with all its glory. From preparations to battles, no detail is left out. Battles are fierce, but not gory. The hardships endured by the Crusaders are harsh, but accurately detailed. 
Tancred, our humble warrior, at times seems as stalwart and impregnable as the walls he besieges. Like Tancred, I felt drawn to Erimina. However, Alexandra was my favorite character. This girl has passion and drive! 
I didn't know a lot about the First Crusade before I read this book. The Crusades have a bad reputation of sorts, and I just lumped all the Crusades into one. However, this book shows the mechanization of the Crusades and it makes for an interesting story. I would recommend it to anyone seeking to learn about the First Crusade.

I reviewed this book as part of the Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tour.

Twitter Event Hashtag for Tour: #RoadFromTheWestVirtualBookTour

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