I recently bought this book as a Angus Donald twin pack from my local Tesco when the buy one get one free offer was on, separately it costs £6.99, it seemed to be the type of book I would like, and boy was I right.
The cover depicts a picture of The English standards with horseman and knights and fire all around it as if it is in the middle of a battle field. It has the title at the top and the tag line "Heroes will fall,Legends will survive" underneath. It also tell us the authors name and that he is the bestselling author of OUTLAW-the first book in the series.
It is split into 3 parts eact telling a different part of the journey and contains 492 pages of story.
It is written by Angus Donald and Holy warrior is the second book in a series about the life of the Earl of Locksley AKA Robin Hood from the perspective of his trovere/personal musician-Alan Dale. This story is about the journey to the holy land during the Crusades in AD 1190,the heroes also have to deal with the fact that someone in the ranks is trying to kill Robin.
We see all the main characters from the last book here with a couple of new additions such as William who becomes Alan's slave of sorts.
We start the story in the present tense with the writer describing why he is writing about his earlier life, we then slowly move on to the past tense where the last book finished. It is early spring 1190 a year after the last battle in book one and we see that Alan has become the master of Westbury land given to him by Robin.
We hear about all that has happened since then and about the King's plan to regain the Holy land. We also see the entrance of a by-story about the treatment of the Jewish community in the city of York and the devastation after they are religiously attacked.
We also learn whether Robin Hood actually gets his girl!!
***Part two-Sicily and Cyprus***
This chapter is about how the crusaders took control of the Mediterranean islands en route to Jerusalem it also contains the love Story of Alan and Nur- a slave he rescues.
This section also gives us a lot of background on the different participants of the crusades and gives us information about the relations between them. In this chapter we begin to hear more about the personal life of Robin and also what has happened to Marie-Anne (Maid Marian). We still have no idea who the would be assassin is.
This chapter we begin with Alan waking to find himself in the hospital of Akka in the holy land. We see the characters preparing for war but not without a little fun-Robin Hood style first!! They have met with all the other armies joining the crusade and we learn more about the Hospitallers a form of Templar. We hear about the great army marching towards Jerusalem and the constant attacks made on them by the Saracens.
The book the builds up to the great battle in the fields of Outremer where the Saracens attack the crusaders yet they are not able to fight back.
***I don't really want to say any more as I don't want to ruin it for anyone.***
At the end we are given a historical note-telling who and what the story is based on and what parts are true etc. I believe this is a great touch as it shows that the author has done his research and that the stiry is somewhat based on a type of truth.
The second book is as good if not better than the first it is brilliantly written and well planned out, beware there is A lot of blood and gore and it is very graphic but I really don't mind that. I find that it is written very well and has a powerful element to it I found it very hard to put down and read it in a day as I was totally absorbed by it. I can't wait for the next title in the series.