Altdorf (a novel of the Forest Knights)
The Forest Knights, no. 1
J. K. Swift
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A wild land too mountainous to be tamed by plows…
A Duke of the Holy Roman Empire, his cunning overshadowed only by his ambition…
A young Priestess of the Old Religion, together with a charismatic outlaw, sparking a rebellion from deep within the forests…
And an ex-Hospitaller caught between them all.
“Re-imagining the William Tell legend—without William Tell.”
At the end of the thirteenth century, five hundred orphans and second sons are rounded up from villages in the Alpine countryside and sold to the Hospitaller Knights of St John. Trained to serve as Soldiers of Christ, they fight in eastern lands they know nothing about, for a cause they do not understand.
Thomas Schwyzer, released from his vows by the Grandmaster of the Hospitallers, returns to the land of his birth a stranger. Once a leader of men, and captain of the Order’s most famous war galley, he now settles into the simple life of a ferryman. He believes this new role to be God’s reward for years of faithful service fighting the Infidel in Outremer.
Seraina, considered a witch by most, a healer by some, is a young woman with a purpose. A Priestess of the Old Religion, and the last Druid disciple of the Helvetii Celts, she has been gifted by the Great Weave to see what others cannot. Her people need her guidance and protection now more than ever. For Duke Leopold of Habsburg, in his efforts to control the St. Gotthard Pass, builds a great Austrian fortress in Altdorf. Once finished, the Habsburg occupation will be complete, but the atrocities visited upon her people will have just begun.
Set in medieval Switzerland, ALTDORF, a novel of The Forest Knights, is the first
book in a two-book series.
Great book all the German and Latin terminology really challenged my vocabulary, and any book that can make me feel so much hatred towards one character is awesome. So many mixed emotions about grissler though part of me wished he died a much more painful death. Another part of me feels sorry for him. Just a great book can't wait to jump into the second one.
A very well-conceived and written story. A historical fantasy that is adult without being pornagraphic and/or overly graphic with the scenes of violence. In a time when fantasy writers seem to have no sense as to how to end a series in less than 7 or more installments (lose their audience along the way), it is refreshing to find a new author with a good sense of how to tell a fine tale. You'll want to read book 2 - and to know it'll end nicely.
Very refreshing writing.