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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Createspace (Jan. 8 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468012908
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468012903
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #562,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

J. K. Swift writes historical fiction and fantasy from his home in Vancouver, Canada. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Verity Kenyon on May 1 2014
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I enjoyed reading this book. It was a quick read and I liked the story line I just wish it had a little more description. I would like to know what the characters were smelling as well as seeing as well I would have enjoyed it to be longer but I am always greedy with a good story!. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a love of historical fiction. it is a light simple read but a good one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Johannes Doreleyers on Feb. 6 2014
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An enjoyable epic about a small group of crusaders returning from the Holy Land, it intermingles historical fact, a little Robin Hood, and William Tell. A good read, but a little too short for my liking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amelializardo{Canada} on July 22 2014
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Some graphic scenes and certain sexist statements that rattled my teeth. They are however entirely appropriate for the historical context of the story. Looking forward to the next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirrie Summers on Sept. 4 2014
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Give me Knights, drench them in history and I'm a very happy camper...or reader in this case.
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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
The Forest Knights: Altdorf Oct. 30 2011
By Rachel Ellen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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.
123 of 133 people found the following review helpful
Frustrated with ending Dec 30 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
CAT May 10 2013
By Jen - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
54 of 65 people found the following review helpful
are there no Good Editors left in the world? Oct. 29 2011
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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.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Historical Fiction! March 30 2012
By D. Ridley - Published on Amazon.com
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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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