- 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: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #477,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Altdorf: A novel of The Forest Knights Paperback – Jan 8 2012
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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, 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.