Holy War: A Warrior’s Greatest Battle
As the name implies, Holy War is an action-packed Crusader novel, the third book in Jack Hight’s Saladin Trilogy. The story begins in 1181, with Saladin now a fully blooded warrior, Sultan of Egypt and Syria. With his power growing and Christendom showing signs of internal discord, the Holy Land is under threat. Will Richard I, the ‘Lionheart’ king of England, arrive in time to save the Christians, or will his bloody-mindedness drive the Franks to destruction?
The story takes off with the arrival of the Lionheart. His determination and brutality contrast so strongly with his brother John’s peaceful protestations. The book deals well with this controversial historical figure who is frequently portrayed as a warrior of undisputed skill and courage and yet with a darker side which comes out in Holy War. As for the battles, Holy War is spoilt for choice when it comes to describing them. The novel is full of vivid and bloody encounters, although many of them are dealt with quite briefly. It does not however neglect issues such as the questionable morality of holy war.
This book and the two previous novels in the series will appeal to all readers who are passionate about the Crusades. A fresh perspective is always interesting. But even if you aren’t a Crusader buff, I think you would enjoy Holy War.