The Religion

The Religion

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A French countess seeks passage to Malta from Sicily in a quest to find the son taken from her at his birth, in a historical novel set in 1565 during the last great medieval conflict between East and West. 150,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
This is what we dream of: to be so swept away, so poleaxed by a book that the breath is sucked right out of us. Brace yourselves.
May 1565. Suleiman the Magnificent, emperor of the Ottomans, has declared a jihad against the Knights of Saint John the Baptist. The largest armada of all time approaches the knights' Christian stronghold on the island of Malta. The Turks know the knights as the "Hounds of Hell." The knights call themselves "The Religion."
In Messina, Sicily, a French countess, Carla La Penautier, seeks passage to Malta in a quest to find the son taken from her at his birth twelve years ago. The only man with the expertise and daring to help her is a Rabelaisian soldier of fortune, arms dealer, former janissary, and strapping Saxon adventurer by the name of Mattias Tannhauser. He agrees to accompany the lady to Malta, where, amid the most spectacular siege in military history, they must try to find the boy--whose name they do not know and whose face they have never seen--and pluck him from the jaws of Holy War.
The Religion is the first book of the Tannhauser Trilogy, and from the first page of this epic account of the last great medieval conflict between East and West, it is clear we are in the hands of a master. Not since James Clavell has a novelist so powerfully and assuredly plunged readers headlong into another world and time. Anne Rice transformed the vampire novel. Stephen King reinvented horror. Now, in a spectacular tale of heroism, tragedy, and passion, Tim Willocks revivifies historical fiction.

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Carla, a French countess, enlists the aid of a German sword-for-hire when she travels from her home to Malta in search of the boy she gave up at birth twelve years ago, but they arrive just as the city is invaded by the Turks.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2007
ISBN: 9780374248659
Branch Call Number: Fiction Willocks
Characteristics: 640


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Sep 28, 2014

I own a copy of "The Siege of Malta" which is an historic account of that great battle between the Knights of St. John and the Ottoman army in 1565. I have read and reread that book, which is a translation from the original French language account. This book creates a historic novel based on the details of that great epic battle.

The books seems to be faithful to the actual events… fact, it go deep into the actual happenings on a battlefield during that time history. Oh my, God….it is not to be read by the faint of heart….horrible!

The characters are vivid. This book almost impossible to put down….probably more of a book that would appeal to men...

Apr 29, 2010

This story line unfolds within the setting of the 16th century Turkish seige of Malta. I normally enjoy this type of book but I struggled a bit to get through this one. After 600 pages of continuous battle, the descriptions of horror and gore became tedious to me. Although this author has a beautiful way with words, there are still only so many ways you can describe a soldiers guts being blown from his body. In between the war scenes, there were sex scenes and I began to feel the same way about them as I did about the war scenes.(Not a good sign I think). Aside from the war itself, I thought the story line was a bit slow. In my opinion, this author is a beautiful writer, but perhaps not a great story teller and although I appreciate both talents, I found the exquisite writing did not compensate for the lack of story development in this novel. I certainly don't regret investing my time in this book but I am also quiet happy to move on from it.


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