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. Maybe it s because I went in expecting a book about the crusades and found myself reading a book entirely about Medieval Sweden, but I found this book a bit slow The characters are all solidly developed, and the writing is well done and well researched.Arn is a fairly interesting protagonist, a bit too gullible and naive, even for someone who grew up in the church This whole novel is really just his coming of age story, focusing on his trials and shortcomings There is some political intrigue and plotting, and I did feel well immersed into the time period Reading the particularly circuitous logic used by the church at the time was interesting as well.Overall though, I liked this book but felt like it could have been a good deal shorter or just the opening to a book about Arn s adulthood as a Knight Templar. Nordic or Saxon based fantasy or historical novels, when written by those outside of the respective countries, tend to turn into a gamut of stereotypical scenarios involving ale and whore houses, lootin and pillagin , and some booze fueled mano a mano manly combat, with some barbaric execution and torture practices thrown in for good measure All this is supposed to exude that rugged sense of manhood and bonding and brotherhood that kept life going in the longhouses on the icy land Instead these just present a crass, stereotypical view of life in the north In today s post Tolkien fantasy realm such as Game of Thrones where the audiences crave that gritty, realistic factor in their stories about heroes of bygone era, I m happy to find a story that neither whitewashes the past, but also doesn t depend on shock value or lowbrow humor to please the reader Instead the story moves forward through engaging dialog between characters Sometimes the conversations help characters develop their internal compass as they grapple with decisions Other times the dialogues are for the reader, helping them navigate the complex ties of politics, kinship, and Nordic customs as they are happening, without resorting to a clumsy info dump The quasi omniscient perspective is also used well, and it explains events according to the worldview of the person witnessing it such as when there is a miraculous event , but not in a way that s pushy to the reader, but rather helps them understand the mental process of the characters better It s also used well to introduce humor into the story, when the characters thought one way but the reader understood otherwise.As for the plot itself I was initially interested in reading a historical novel set during the Crusades, and was grumpy to find out that this first volume takes place entirely in medieval Sweden, and mostly concerned the childhood and youth of the protagonist Arn, as well as the clan intrigues in the country before its unification Bah, just a bunch of longboats, long names and family lineages, and drunken swordfights And it has a cast list in the beginning organized by clans and lineage But the author introduced the complex political tangles and clan relationships and rivalries in an engaging manner Even the main character s youth growing up in a Cistercian monastery what I thought would be the slowest part of the story is very interesting The details of everyday life, the philosophical conversations, and the personality of the brothers brought the experience to life, and makes the reader identify with Arn s spiritual upbringing and the way it shaped his outlook in the base world beyond the walls But then I might be enthusiastic about monastic life than most The ultimate tension in this volume was how this young man would fare out in the world, where his values acquired from the brothers from the simple, cloistered life would come into tension with the practices of his kinsmen in matters such as having to choose between the comparative evils of strategic murder or even regicide, or risk inflicting greater harm through civil war and through the process the character grows up and reconsiders his point of view A contemplative, self searching protagonist something bildungsroman heroes don t do enough, as they typically just rage or mope In the next volume, I d imagine this tension between what he learned inside the cloister will be found deficient against the reality as he encounters the much maligned Saracens and yet he would preserve what the wise monks despite their own prejudices taught him about how man will ultimately be held accountable for exercising his own free will in matters of judgment. . ( READ EBOOK ) ☬ Vägen till Jerusalem ⚇ For Power For Passion For GloryThe Epic Story Of The Knights TemplarBorn In To A Noble Swedish Family And Coming Of Age At A Monastery Under The Tutelage Of A Cistercian Monk And A Former Knight Templar, Young Arn Magnusson Is Sent To Fulfill His Destiny Beyond The Cloister Walls But The World Awaiting Him Is A Place At Odds With His Monastic Ways And When The Murder Of A King Engulfs Western G Taland Into A Whirlwind Of Intrigue And Ruthless Power Plays, Headstrong And Naive Arn Is Forced To Leave The Woman He Loves Behind And Take Up Arms To Battle Infidels In The Holy LandThe First Book In The International Bestselling Crusades Trilogy, This Thrilling Epic Of Betrayal, Faith, Blood, And Love Sets A Shakespearian Quest For Power Corriere Della Sera, Italy Against The Backdrop Of The Holy Wars, Witnessed Through A Vibrant, Unorthodox Lens The first of a trilogy about a Templar crusader named Arn Magnusson, this story is about his parents and the circumstances that surround the birth and teaching the young man Apparently a classic and one of the biggest sellers and most praised books out of Sweden, it is quite long and contains significant information about early medieval Sweden.This is a period of moving away from the old ways, although fairly established as Christian, and Sweden s politics have much of the old system and its fights This is a part of Medieval history I know little about, instead of France, Germany, and England The young character is somewhat naive at this point having been raised in a Cistercian monastery, but is very skilled and gifted with combat in all its forms The book ends with him being sent to Jerusalem to fight along side the rest of the Templar knights, in a period of difficulty and struggle for the Outremer forces.Its pretty well written, and well translated but at times drags a bit with side plots and political actions that are probably quite important to Swedish history, but I would have preferred a bit tight a focus on young Arn and his life. The Crusades Trilogy tells the saga of Arn Magnusson in the late 12th century The story of Arn itself is fascinating although entirely fictional Written history of the Northern people in that time period is extremely sparse leaving much wiggle room for Jan Guillou to create a fantasy like tale set in an extremely vivid period of history Although I only rated the first book The Road to Jerusalem with two stars I gave books 2 3 a better rating The greatest strength of the trilogy is its ability to seamlessly bring the reader close to the history surrounding the story of Arn the Crusades mixed with the struggle for power in what is now modern day Sweden At many times I felt as though the main characters were actual people Even though I found reading this series to be worth my time I was overall disappointed in the writing Mr Guillou tends to dull one of the most interesting periods in history with a monodrone style of telling events and facts as is it were a history book The style of writing was so off putting that is took me half of the first book to simply adapt to it The book is about 90% narrative and description with 10% dialog and action thrown in for trimming Thus Mr Guillou has an ever annoying style of telling the story characters instead of SHOWING it This makes the reading especially hard in the first book There are also a few events and scenes in the series that come across as extremely coincidental or glaringly contrived Jan Guillou does do an excellent job however of putting the crusades into a context that simplifies reduces in a good way a very touchy and not so simple history I was especially impressed with his handling of the events that take place in the Holy Land at that time It also gives the reader a great feel for what life was like not only in the Holy Land but in medieval Scandinavia as well There are times in the series when the differences between the monks and the native Northmen are a bit exaggerated and strain author s credibility but on the whole it was decently accurate Overall I would recommend these books to any persons interested in the people or events of the time period approx 1150AD to 1225AD. It s an uncomplicated read Often boring Sometimes interesting.The extreme naivete of Arn is not my most favorite trait in a main character While later in the story he has a in the world but not of the world quality that stems from his religious upbringing, it wasn t enough to make up for the earlier naive innocence that annoyed me so much.The characters had no real depth for me They haven t been fleshed out to real people, just distant foreign historical figures thrown into a story I did like Arn s mom, though how she magically seems to make money and be innovative with everything she does, seems a bit much at times The best part of the book is that the Scandinavian history is very clear It s not just another medieval story that could technically be set anywhere, this one is very involved with it s backdrop I think I would prefer a non fiction work from this author though His mix of too much fact and not enough story didn t work in this fiction setting, though I do really like the history, the location and the era.The writing comes across as very simple, childish and choppy throughout I m not sure if this is from the translation alone or has been carried through from the original text.The author has tried to create a story from medieval times, not just of medieval times and I appreciate that, but it didn t catch my imagination enough to read the next volume. 400.. , 3