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Altdorf: A novel of The Forest Knights Paperback – Jan 8 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Jan. 8 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468012908
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468012903
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #792,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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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Altdorf is a relatively quick read, being less than 80,000 words, and with the exception of a large number of missing commas, Swift’s writing style is quite good. The beginning is a little awkward, but after a couple of chapters it’s very easy to fall into the story and get lost in the political games being played. Swift paints a vivid picture of the various settings, drawing the reader into beautiful scenery and medieval buildings.

As in many good stories, there is no clear right or wrong side of the fight; only layers and shades, and that’s what makes this exploration of history so interesting and so realistic. Abuses of power abound on all sides, people have their reasons for doing what they do, and I enjoyed seeing the justifications that everyone used for themselves and their actions. The characters are the high point of the novel, I’d say. There were a couple that didn’t get as much development as I’d hoped, but on the whole, they were quite fleshed-out and unique.

Over all, this reimagining of the William Tell legend is pretty decent. For those who enjoy decent historical fiction, then I urge you to give Altdorf a try. It’s currently free for Kindle and Nook, so it’s a no-risk venture if you do want to read it, and the writing is impressive enough to stand out in the self-published crowd. It may not have been entirely to my taste nor what I was hoping for, but I’m still glad to have read it.
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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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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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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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