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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 : 427 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 321 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1468012908
  • 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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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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1.0 étoiles sur 5 are there no Good Editors left in the world? 30 octobre 2011
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Once again a story that a decent editor would have fixed or trashed and saved me two hours muddling through bad dialogue and tired old tales retold badly filled with far too much gore and mutilation, to the point I think it is clear the author is a sicko.

the story is of Hospitaller Knights AFTER their Crusade in the holy land, 7 are left after 10? 20? or 30? years of fighting, the author cites at least three different lengths of time.

the remaining 7 travel back to Switzerland where they were taken? as children by the Knights and pressed into service to eventually be used to fight wars for the Holy Church in Rome....take that for what it is worth. The backstory is clumsily told and is flashbacked far too many times.

The soldiers then disband and we follow the life of the Captain as evil Kings and Dukes and what not all work against him , many characters are introduced to us, none of them likeable or memorable, the hero has his life long friend killed and his love of his life stolen from him by an evil Duke...yadda yadda where have we seen this tired chesnut before....and so on and so on,

the story could be a good one but the TELLING of it is simply horrible but you can't tell that until you are well through it, characters are described in detail over and over and they play no part in the tale,.you find yourself skimming then simply skipping ahead, skipping ahead skipping ahead....

perhaps there are too many characters introduced and being over done because they are in future books....heres the mark of a good writer...tell the story clearly. and to be clear you need to be brief. stop introducing characters that we never see again !

and be well aware that the author has a very unnatural need to throw rape into any situation, rape, torture and demonic sadism seems to fill this authors mind. To the point where he takes a treatise on witches from hundreds of years in the future and brings it into this tale simply to justify a few more torture scenes, that go on far longer and in more detail than a normal person would fixate on.

seek help whacko and we can only hope the Canadian police keep an eye on this sick freak.

Instead of crafting a clear and well told story this author seemingly chooses to decide he will write 39 books about the Forest Knights...which we never meet in this book, and then cranks out the tale until 280 pages is met and then the story ends with Prologue Epilogue and a few flashbacks and flashsideways to boot. others said POINTLESS and they were correct.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Historical Fiction! 30 mars 2012
Par D. Ridley - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I picked up this book on a whim, and let me just say that i was very impressed and i loved it, i cannot wait for another to be released. I enjoyed Swifts novel as much as i did the works of Lawhead, Lamours "The Walking Drum" or "Eaters of the Dead" by Crichton. Swift has yet to make a huge footprint upon the genre but if fate allows i can see it happening, a must read!
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