I've added also the English version [I've read the novel, the first time, in the Italian translation] because this work is astonishing and outstanding.
I have loved it.
A wonderful and moving story about war, friendship, love and... well, religion. The whole book revolves around the Siege of Malta (1565) and how the main characters are involved in it for different reasons. Willocks often goes into detail when describing sex and war, resulting in some very crude scenes and unrefined (read: gory and bloody) descriptions of war and its consequences. The characters are interesting and complex: from the half-turk, half-german captain Tannhauser that despises Christianity and Islam, but prays in his hour of need, the pious and noble Carla torn between guilt and love for her child, the mysterious girl Amparo and the "evil" inquisitor Ludovico who denies his love in the name of God and duty towards the decadent church of Rome. All in all a very interesting read: the final part is not impeccable, but the not-so-happy ending fits the story perfectly....Continua