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Actor James Patrick Cronin has a young, earnest voice that lends soft emotion to the audiobook's romantic conflicts and breathes boyish fervency into its dangerous clashes.
From the holy city of Jerusalem to the bitter battlefield of Hattin, from Saladin's Damascus to the Crusaders' fortress of Acre, the tides of war sweep the lovers apart. Even magic might not be enough to save them, or the kingdom to which they have both pledged fealty.
Sequel to ALAMUT.
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By Robin A. Gower on 06-01-14
"Afterwards" to the fabulous Alamut
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Tarr is a real master of historical detail and the creator of a magical past that is internally consistent and complements the scholarly past seemlessly. In the Dagger and the Cross, she returns to the Crusader Kingdom and displays her understanding of political pressures in both the Christian and the Islamic worlds. The dilemma that motivates the action -- the need for a papal dispensation for marriage between a nominally Christian mage prince and a half-wild Muslim afrit -- does not have much emotional force, but the supporting characters are strong, the sociological framework is credible, and the spiritual evil of intolerance in the Inquistors is satisfyingly threatening.
This book is a sequel to Alamut, and essential listening for those who treasure that brilliant work of fantastic historical imagination.
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