Birth of the Kingdom by Jan Guillou

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Each book can be read as a standalone, but as a whole the trilogy is an epic tale of intrigue, faith, and struggle. But then, as a Swede, I would say that.
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Synopsis

Inthe final gripping volume of Jan Guillou’sboundary-breaking Crusades Trilogy, exiled warrior Arnde Gotha returns home to Sweden, determined to liberate and unite his homelandin what promises to be his greatest trial yet. Traveling from Saladin’ssand-swept Holy Lands to the Scandinavian North, Arn’sfinal adventure is a captivating historical narrative encompassing the strugglefor honor, the quest for lost love, and the momentous clash of European andMiddle Eastern cultures. Fans of Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden,William Dietrich, and James Clavell will beenthralled by Jan Guillous’ Birth of the Kingdom,the stunning and dramatic climax to a tale begun in The Road to Jerusalemand The Templar Knight, and a masterpiece of epic and magisterialhistorical fiction.
 

About Jan Guillou

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Swedish-born journalist Jan Guillou has won several international awards, including the Prix France Culture. He is the creator of the two most successful series ever published in Sweden–the Hamilton series and the Crusades Trilogy. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages.
 
Published July 5, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 501 pages
Genres: Other, History, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Birth of the Kingdom
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Excellent
Reviewed by Jenny Benham on Jan 01 2011

Each book can be read as a standalone, but as a whole the trilogy is an epic tale of intrigue, faith, and struggle. But then, as a Swede, I would say that.

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Below average
Reviewed by Book Loons on Sep 01 2011

A bit unrealistic is Arn's ability to take so much loot and so many craftsmen from the Holy Land to the north. 

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Falcata Times

Below average
Reviewed by Dros Delnoch on Mar 24 2010

He spends way too much time in the characters' minds rather than concentrating upon the action and story arc within the novel. 

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Good
Reviewed by Jeff Grim on Dec 16 2011

The book brings to a close a wonderful story about a man and his faith and his love for a woman.

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Good
Reviewed by Mystery One on Sep 01 2011

The writing is exceptional, the plotting is thrilling and inspiring, with great political intrigue. 

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