King Richard the Lionheart has been crowned, and his loyal subject Robin Hood is preparing an army to take on the Third Crusade with Richard's forces to free the Holy Land from the grip of Saladin and his victorious Saracen army.
In Sicily, en route to the Holy Land, the crusaders sack the town of Messina and Alan rescues and then falls in love with a beautiful Muslim slave-girl. But someone is trying to assassinate Robin - possibly the duo's old enemy Sir Richard Malbisse, who joins King Richard's army in Sicily and very soon has the royal ear as a favoured courtier.
As Alan and Robin fight their way through the conquest of Cyprus, the siege of Acre and the climatic carnage of the battle of Arsuf near modern-day Tel Aviv, Alan discovers that Robin's motive for coming to the Holy Land is not as honourable as he had imagined...
Following Outlaw, this second volume in Donald's unconventional Robin Hood series continues the bloody legend of a folk hero portrayed as the merciless, sadistic leader of murderous forest brigands in an England of 1190 that is anything but jolly. Fifteen-year-old Alan Dale, Robin's personal musician and spy, tells this gritty tale of treachery and medieval warfare. Coerced by Templar Knights, Robin reluc-tantly agrees to lead a force of mercenaries to the Holy Land as part of King Richard's Third Crusade quest to recapture Jerusalem. Robin, however, is driven not by faith, but by personal, sinister motives, and his methods shock even the loyal Alan. The journey is perilous and rife with betrayals, as an assassin makes repeated attempts to slay Robin and Alan tries desperately to identify the would-be killer. Robin and Alan witness the massacre of Jews at York, the execution of Muslim prisoners at Acre, and participate in the slaughter of Sicilians and Cypriots before finally meeting Saladin and his Saracen army in battle. Donald offers vividly gruesome medieval history, complete with intrigue, royal discord, torture, rape, dis-ease, wholesale slaughter, and the brutal savagery of 13th-century warfare, where no quarter is expected and none is given. This is grim entertainment, indeed.
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Very easy reading
A book that hooks you in very quickly so is difficult to put down. Highly recommended!
All round good book
Was really interesting book. Picked up as a cheap book to read on hol and found it easier and more interesting that the dan brown book I took aswell. Really good read and a different take on an old character.