Road from the West by Rosanne E. Lortz is the first in a trilogy about The Crusade which was various factions of soldiers trying to reclaim Jerusalem for the Christians with full support from the Pope. Now I’ve never read anything about The Crusades or at least not enough to remember so this book really left me with quite a bit of knowledge I didn’t have before I started. For me, that’s one of the attractions of historical fiction. I get to learn about history and be entertained and not bored.
Tancred, one of our main characters had begun to feel guilty over killing people and went to seek the Pope’s absolution for his sins. However, the Pope told him that the only way to wash himself clean of his sins was to join The Crusade. Tancred takes this to heart and vows to be the first soldier and Christian to enter Jerusalem. Upon returning home before he leaves he finds that both his brother and uncle Bohemond had already left to join The Crusade. Now his brother may be pure of heart but his uncle definitely isn’t and doesn’t usually do anything unless it will somehow benefit him.
The rest of the story follows Tancred through the many battles he faces on his way to Jerusalem. It also details all the battles he faces with his uncle Bohemond and others. The author’s writing is very descriptive and really brought to life this time period for me. What I enjoyed most about this novel is that it wasn’t only about battles and blood and guts. It was actually about the people – the soldiers and what they were thinking and planning. Yes there were battles but I came away from this novel caring about some of the characters like Tancred and Alexandra. From the beginning of the story I felt drawn to Tancred and his family and it made me want to read more.
I did feel some parts of the story were a bit slow but all in all I’m really looking forward to the next two books in the trilogy – Flower of the Desert and Prince of the East – to see just how both the story develops. As well, I really hope to see Tancred and Alexandra developed as characters a bit more. Road from the West is a novel rich in historical detail that will leave you wanting to know more about this time in our history.
I read Road from the West by Rosanne E. Lortz for her book tour with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. Be sure to check out what others on the tour think about the novel. You can visit Rosanne’s website, blog, find her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter as well. Your own copy of Road from the West can be purchased here in the US and here in Canada.
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My copy of Road from the West by Rosanne E. Lortz was received for review from the author.