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The Knights Hospitaller battle ancient evil in medieval Rhodes as mysterious disappearances and insane devil-worshippers threaten to turn the entire island into a bloodbath....
When three Hospitallers go missing from a local village outraged Grand Master Foulques de Villaret sends the English knight Sir Richard-at-Lee and his trusted sergeant-at-arms Jacob to discover their fate. Met with resistance from frightened locals and rumours of a blasphemous sect performing unspeakable rites beneath the village Sir Richard must overcome not only the devil-worshippers but the faceless, unstoppable demon that stalks his dreams.
Fans of the best-selling Forest Lord books Wolf's Head and The Wolf and the Raven will enjoy this spin-off novella that sees the much-loved English knight up against a foe that threatens not only his life and his sanity, but God himself!
©2014 Steven A. McKay (P)2014 Steven A. McKay
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By presterjohn1 on 10-26-14

Lovecraftian Horror in the 14th century

Would you consider the audio edition of Knight of the Cross to be better than the print version?

I enjoyed both versions, but the audio edition has an advantage with a good narrator who brings the distinctive voices of the characters come to life.

What other book might you compare Knight of the Cross to and why?

As a medieval mystery tinged with horror elements it comes across a bit Bernard Knight's Crowner John series, Maureen Ash's Templar Knight Mysteries or Paul Doherty's Hugh Corbett mysteries, but crossed with H.P. Lovecraft.

Which character – as performed by Nick Ellsworth – was your favorite?

Stephen, the Yorkshireman and Hospitaller sergeant-at-arms is very well realized by Nick Ellsworth.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I had already read the print version, so my reaction was not extreme, but the experience of listening to a good story performed by a fine performer was satisfying.

Any additional comments?

I have enjoyed Steven McKay's books to date in print and in audio. Nick Ellsworth has proven himself a very capable and engaging narrator.

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By K. Westrope on 08-25-17

Great narration, Intense story-telling

I haven't read any other books in the series that this one is a spin-off from. I enjoyed the writing, and the characters. It's an action-packed, emotional story. It works well as an introductory or deeper understanding of some of the characters, but other than that, I didn't really see a purpose to the story. I don't know, maybe I missed something.

It did interest me enough, and I liked Mr. McKay's writing enough, that I may go on and read the other books. I haven't decided yet.

I listened to the audio version of the story, and I will say that narrator, Nick Ellsworth, did a fine job of bringing this story and the characters to life.

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By GhostMuppet on 03-30-15

Great Novella from a mistaken purchase

Sometime ago I accidentally purchased Wolfs Head (it appeared in an Audible sale, and i mistook it for another book that i thought sounded interesting). Never mind i thought, i would give this a listen - after all it was a while since i read Robin Hood. I am so glad i did. The story was gripping. The second book was even better.

This novella appeared on my screen as a recommended read. It follows Sir Richard and introduces Steven (both are in the first 2 two books, but are fleshed out a lot in the second). Its set when Richard was in Rhodes. While his other books are fairly historical - this has an element of fantasy within it.

A good gripping telling of the story. Narration was by Nick Ellsworth who also delivered an excellent delivery in the novels. This rarely happens in my experience. Audible Novellas are normally done by a different narrator. Top marks for continuity.

All in all, this is a great novella (you don't need to have read his books), good story, great pace, excellent narration.

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By TheFluffyViking on 11-16-14

Thrilling and engaging listen!

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Wow! Such a thrilling story, and expertly written. I had the pleasure of listening to Nick Ellsworth narrating this novella in the Audible version, and though his cadence can come across as a little dull at first, he soon has you completely engaged in the story with his steady and honest narration. Having read some of McKay's other work, this novella was a perfect tie-in, giving a credible (but still exciting) background story for two of his characters. Excellent imagery, cohesion, and character portrayal. And like any good author, keeps you guessing right to the very end. Please can we have more like this, McKay?

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