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ALTDORF: The Forest Knights: Book 1 (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

J. K. Swift
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ALTDORF, a novel of The Forest Knights

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.

76,000 words

Biographie de l'auteur

J. K. Swift lives in a log house well off the beaten path in central B.C., Canada. He is the author of "The Forest Knights" novels (http://theforestknights.com), which are set in medieval Switzerland. He has worked as a school teacher, jailhouse guard, Japanese translator, log peeler, accountant, martial arts instructor, massage therapist, technical editor, and has called a few Bingo games. He gets his story ideas while traveling in Europe, feeding his chickens, and cutting wood.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 649 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 321 pages
  • Utilisation simultanée de l'appareil : Illimité
  • Editeur : UE Publishing Co. (21 novembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B005TU1GKE
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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J. K. Swift lives in Vancouver, Canada. He is the author of "The Forest Knights" novels (http://theforestknights.com), which are set in medieval Switzerland. He is also an award-winning short story writer. He has worked as a school teacher, jailhouse guard, Japanese translator, log peeler, accountant, martial arts instructor, massage therapist, technical editor, and has called a few Bingo games. He gets his story ideas while traveling in Europe and wandering aimlessly along the streets and beaches of the Pacific Northwest.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Gripping and Inspiring Read! 1 décembre 2011
Par cr
Format:Format Kindle
Altdorf, a novel of the Forest Knights, depicts a medieval time when Switzerland was bubbling toward independence. The story has an infectious cast of complex characters, damaged and ripe with the tensions of the day. They are pushed and pulled in multiple directions by the social, political and religious pressures that ran deep in their mountain culture. This story describes well what it may have been like for the would-be citizens of early Switzerland, marred and beaten by their Austrian overlords...but there's a glimmer of hope...

This historical fiction, is delicately carved and shaped by J. K. Swift, to feel as rich and golden as a fantasy novel, but textured and tensioned with historical truths. The crisp detail will leave you humbled, while the breadth of the characters will steal your heart and leave you dreaming of alpine meadows, dense forests and raging storms. But that's not all...it has love, hatred, sharpened steel, mighty crossbows and of course...ale! Altdorf is not to be missed...don't go thirsty!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Forest Knights: Altdorf 30 octobre 2011
Par Rachel Ellen - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This was a terrific book! It has got knights, sword fights, druids, damsels, and heros who stand up for justice for their people. I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning to finish it. When I first started to read, I was afraid that the story would be cheesy and that there would be glaring historical innacuracies. However, I found it to be a complex story line and, after looking up some of the actual historical characters I found that the book portrayed historical characters and settings accurately within the framework of the fictional story. I did feel that the book ended a little too abruptly. I know there is a second book that continues the story, but I think that books in a series should still be able to stand alone. The suddenness of the ending, while making me want to read the second book, left me feeling like this book was actually "Part 1" and not able to stand on its own. I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Frustrated with ending 31 décembre 2012
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I thoroughly enjoyed this book until I got to the nonexistent ending. I understand the desire to get the reader into the next book in a series, but to trick the reader into it by waiting to the stopping of the story to do it is very frustrating. Just tell me up front that I have to get two books, or more - that is just being honest. This is the second time I have been fooled by this trick and I don't appreciate it. So, reader beware. Again, I enjoyed the story, but know that you will need to get a second book to have a satisfying conclusion.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 CAT 10 mai 2013
Par Jen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
When I started reading this book, I wasn't overly impressed because it seemed like way too much time was spent creating the characters. My wife felt the same way later when she read the book. However, once we got past the introductions, and into the heart of the book, the reason for spending the extra time getting to know the characters became apparent.

This book ended up being one of the best I've read in the past year. I ended up buying the sequal so I could find out how it ended.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Hopeless 9 juillet 2013
Par runruby - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
This book was good for me, but not great.

It was a little violent for my taste. Even as I type that though...the scenes were not terribly violent, I think what got to me was the undercurrent of hopelessness woven throughout this book. The thinking of the men, the violet tendencies (rape/torture), and the lack of a "good guy" all contributed to the hopelessness. I can see how many people would feel it is very romantic, but I just felt sad.

I do not think it is "inappropriate", just not to my taste.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Altdorf - Book 1 of The Forest Knights 16 avril 2013
Par Justin S - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Altdorf is the first book of the Forest Knights duology and is set during Middle Ages in Europe. J.K. Swift has done a fantastic jobs creating an interesting world with compelling characters and a fascinating story. Perhaps more fantasy than history compared to other historical fiction novels, I still found it a fantastic read. If your a fan of Angus Donald's Robin Hood series or Conn Iggulden's Emperor and Conqueror series than you'll be a fan of Swift's Forest Knights novels. Note: both books of the series (Altdorf & Morgarten) should be read together, i.e. one right after the other.
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