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 'The Hounds of Hell.' The Knights call themselves 'The Religion.' In Messina, Sicily, a French countess, Carla la Penautier, seeks a 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, amidst 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 Book One 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 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.
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 whenA 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 Nascondi