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Ironfire: A Novel of the Knights of Malta and the Last Battle of the… (original: 2004; edição: 2003)

de David Ball (Autor)

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From the acclaimed author of Empires of Sand comes a mesmerizing new adventure that Jean Auel cites as crowded with events that both forecast and mirror the conflicts of today. Sweeping from the drawing rooms of Paris to the palace of Suleiman the Magnificent to the dark hold of a slave ship racing across the sea, here is a dazzling story of love and valor, innocence and identity, an epic novel of the clash of civilizations on a barren island where the future was forged. The Mediterranean, the sixteenth century, lying squarely in the midst of the vital sea lanes between the Christian West and the Ottoman Empire in the East, and ruled by the ancient Order of the Knights of St. John, Malta will become the stage upon which the fate of the world turns. For one of its sons, the hand of violence strikes swiftly, when young Nicolo Borg is seized by Barbary slavers and launched on a remarkable journey to the court of the supreme ruler of the Muslim world. Renamed Asha, plotting his escape even as he swears allegiance to the god of his masters and is schooled in the arts of culture and war, the innocent boy will be transformed into one of the Sultan's deadliest commanders. For Nico's beloved sister, Maria, his loss fires her hatred for the knights who did nothing to save him and her dreams of escape from her stifling home. As the headstrong girl grows into a fierce beauty, she will capture the attention of one man in particular, Christien de Vries, a surgeon knight torn between duty and desire, caught up in Malta's frantic preparations against the coming Ottoman storm. Around Nico and Maria are men and women who will share their destinies, Dragut Rais, a brilliant corsair, arch rival of the knights, Giulio Salvago, a priest in full flight from his carnal nature, Alisa, a young beauty hidden away in a harem, Jean de La Valette, the master knight who is Malta's only hope for survival. As the mighty Ottoman fleet bears down on the tiny island, as Nico Borg makes his way back to his homeland at the helm of a warship, Ironfire moves inexorably to a shattering climax where all will face ultimate justice in the murderous cauldron of siege warfare. Brilliantly capturing the crosscurrents of a storied age, Ironfire is historical fiction in the grand tradition, a stirring realization of a pivotal moment in time that irrevocably shaped the world we inhabit today.… (mais)
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Título:Ironfire: A Novel of the Knights of Malta and the Last Battle of the Crusades
Autores:David Ball (Autor)
Informação:Delacorte Press (2003), Edition: First Edition, 688 pages
Coleções:Fiction, Sua biblioteca
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Etiquetas:2, Fiction, Crusades, Knights of Malta, 16th century, Ottoman Empire, Christain West, Order of the Knights, Barbary slavers, war, Sultan's commander, sister, surgeon-knight

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"A Novel of the Knights of Malta and the Last Battle of the Crusades"

I previously read David Ball's other historical novel, "Empires of Sand" and really liked it, so I had high expectations for this book - which it fully lived up to.
It's a big, long book with a great (in my opinion) mix of sensationalism and good research. Yes, I like to find out my historical facts while being entertained by copious violence, enslavement, piracy, rape, revenge, betrayal, battles, and of course love-that-conquers-all.
"Ironfire" focuses on two siblings with very different destinies. Born on the impoverished, rocky and remote isle of Malta, ruled by the knights of the Order of St. John and the Church, the imaginative and intelligent Maria is traumatized and heartbroken when her little brother Nico is kidnapped and carried off by corsairs. Although they are separated, each of them never forgets the other, as they go through different traumas in their lives. Maria dreams of escape from Malta and a fine life in France, wishing to learn to read, and making friends with a group of people who are secretly Jewish, dealing with the harshness of her father - and of her society.
Nico endures slavery and abuse, but his prodigous memory and natural good looks allow him to survive in Muslim Algiers - but is he truly the boy he was anymore?
The sixteenth century comes vividly (if not entirely believably) to life in this colorful, romantic, sprawling story.
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  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
After what I thought was a weak start and a bit "over the top" especially regarding the character of Nico, I found myself drawn into the time, cultures, and conflicts of the Knights of Malta. Even Nico as he evolved into Asha became a fascinating character and a great look at what becomes of individuals who are torn from their culture and injected into another one especially when they are young. The character of Christien Luc de Vries was especially interesting. His struggles with the expectations of his father, his fascinationg with surgery, and his place among the Knights of Malta make for interesting internal conflicts. And of course, the juxtaposition of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism on one small island gives a great background for the struggles we are still facing. Overall, a great read. ( )
  maryreinert | Aug 16, 2013 |
Fantastic book, many separate story lines culminating in an exciting finish. So much attention paid to detail in respect to historical events. Parallel story lines not only on the Christian side but the Muslim side as well. This book is great for lovers of action, history and the open sea. I will need to review more books from this author. ( )
  theportal2002 | Apr 10, 2010 |
A good read, one that held my attention, entertained and educated me. Malta has a tiny place in my family history so it was interesting to learn some of its history. The role of Christianity, Islam and Judaism in the Middle Ages set the stage for much of what is happening in the Middle East today and this book helps put some of that into context. So much is done in the name of God... ( )
  pmarshall | Nov 16, 2008 |
historically interesting, and with parallels to today, but somehow unsatisfying
  xestobium25 | Apr 25, 2008 |
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From the acclaimed author of Empires of Sand comes a mesmerizing new adventure that Jean Auel cites as crowded with events that both forecast and mirror the conflicts of today. Sweeping from the drawing rooms of Paris to the palace of Suleiman the Magnificent to the dark hold of a slave ship racing across the sea, here is a dazzling story of love and valor, innocence and identity, an epic novel of the clash of civilizations on a barren island where the future was forged. The Mediterranean, the sixteenth century, lying squarely in the midst of the vital sea lanes between the Christian West and the Ottoman Empire in the East, and ruled by the ancient Order of the Knights of St. John, Malta will become the stage upon which the fate of the world turns. For one of its sons, the hand of violence strikes swiftly, when young Nicolo Borg is seized by Barbary slavers and launched on a remarkable journey to the court of the supreme ruler of the Muslim world. Renamed Asha, plotting his escape even as he swears allegiance to the god of his masters and is schooled in the arts of culture and war, the innocent boy will be transformed into one of the Sultan's deadliest commanders. For Nico's beloved sister, Maria, his loss fires her hatred for the knights who did nothing to save him and her dreams of escape from her stifling home. As the headstrong girl grows into a fierce beauty, she will capture the attention of one man in particular, Christien de Vries, a surgeon knight torn between duty and desire, caught up in Malta's frantic preparations against the coming Ottoman storm. Around Nico and Maria are men and women who will share their destinies, Dragut Rais, a brilliant corsair, arch rival of the knights, Giulio Salvago, a priest in full flight from his carnal nature, Alisa, a young beauty hidden away in a harem, Jean de La Valette, the master knight who is Malta's only hope for survival. As the mighty Ottoman fleet bears down on the tiny island, as Nico Borg makes his way back to his homeland at the helm of a warship, Ironfire moves inexorably to a shattering climax where all will face ultimate justice in the murderous cauldron of siege warfare. Brilliantly capturing the crosscurrents of a storied age, Ironfire is historical fiction in the grand tradition, a stirring realization of a pivotal moment in time that irrevocably shaped the world we inhabit today.

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