The legendary Hospitaller Knights of St John, the last of the great surviving Christian chivalric orders, have retreated to the small island of Malta, fighting the tide of Islam around the Mediterranean, and robbing from rich traders to survive.
But Ottoman Emperor Suleiman the Magnificent now wants the Knights wiped off the map altogether, and dispatches one of the greatest armadas that ever set sail to annihilate them.
The Order seems doomed until the extraordinary bravery of one Englishman, Christian Hardy, attracts the attention of the Grand Master himself.
Accompanying Christian in this swashbuckling tale of love, revenge, and destiny is his band of close companions: the Moor, a genius inventor of demonic weapons, Luqa, a young orphan set on becoming Christian's protege, Hubert, his longstanding friend and spiritual counsellor and Maria, a beautiful noblewoman who rejects the sanctuary of Sicily to be with him.
With the help of these steadfast comrades, Christian must now summon all his courage to face an unbeatable enemy, and change the course of history ...Set in a period of unparalleled brutality, and told with drama, sweep and passion, The Blood Rock is fiction on an epic scale.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 512 pages, 1 map
- Publisher: John Murray General Publishing Division
- Publication Date: 20/03/2008
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9780719569142
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Review by Ging
The historical basis of the novel provides a solid basis for a story that provides an, at times, powerful insight into living through a siege. The characters are at times a bit thin and the Christian Hardy, the main character stretches belief by having a major role to play in every aspect of the siege defense.It's an understandable twist of facts, but there's only so many close calls / heroic victories that a single person can go through before you feel that maybe, just maybe, things are being pushed a tad too far.Even with the need for more solid character building and perhaps with more characters taking on some of the more core roles, Blood Rock is an entertaining read and well worth a go.