giveaway winner: The Holy Lance

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The Holy Lance

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    Publication Date: March 24, 2015 Knox Robinson Publishing Formats: eBook, Hardcover Pages: 360 Series: The English Templars (Book One) Genre: Historical Fiction/Middle Ages READ AN EXCERPT. Add to GR Button

 

The year is 1191. A daring counterattack against the Saracens’ last-ditch effort to relieve the besieged city of Acre has not only saved the Christian host from a fatal defeat; it has also brought the leader of that counterattack, English Templar Michael Fitz Alan, to the attention of King Richard the Lionheart. In the days that follow, the king charges Fitz Alan with a life-or-death mission – to recover the Holy Lance, a long-lost religious relic widely believed to be responsible for the near-miraculous success of the First Crusade. The ensuing quest leads Fitz Alan and a hand-picked band of Templars on a journey deep into enemy territory, where they battle Saracens, Assassins, hostile Christians and even a traitor within their own ranks as they seek to return the Holy Lance to Christian hands and thereby ensure the success of the crusade.

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Knox Robinson author Andrew A. Latham is an award-winning professor of International Relations who regularly teaches courses in medieval political thought, international relations, and war. Trained as a Political Scientist, Latham has spent the last decade-and-a-half researching political violence in the Middle Ages. He has written scholarly articles on medieval war, the crusades, jihad, and the political thought of Saint Augustine and Saint Thomas Aquinas. His most recent book is a work of non-fiction entitled Theorizing Medieval Geopolitics: War and World Order in the Age of the Crusades. Latham was born in England, raised in Canada and currently lives in the United States. He graduated from York University in Toronto with a BA (Honours) in Political Science, later earned an MA from Queen’s University in Kingston and, later yet, a PhD from his alma mater, York. Latham is a member of the Historical Novel Society, the Historical Writers’ Association and De Re Militari: The Society For Medieval Military History. Since 1997 Latham has been a member of the Political Science Department at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he where he lives with his wife Wendy, daughter Bernadette and son Michael. For more information and updates, please visit Andrew Latham’s website. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Bout of Books 13: Final recap

Bout of Books 13#boutofbooks

 And another Bout of Books done! It always goes too fast.

With lots of other things going on, I managed to read 551 pages, which is an average of 78 pages/day
and listened to 3H45 of audio, which as average of 32 mn/day.
I’m actually not counting the number of pages read and translated from the novel I’m currently translating into French

I finished 3 books and DNFed an audio.
I also took part in a Twitter party and did 4 challenges.

I also organized a contest, but as no one seems to have even tried it (it is SO easy!), I will now open it to my regular followers. One winner, the first person to give me the correct answers, will win the pack of 5 books! So try it right away!

So all in all I’m quite happy for this reading week.

WHAT I READ ON DAY 7:

  1. The Fictional 100: Ranking the Most Influential Characters in World Literature and Legend, by Lucy Pollard-Gott = 4 pages
  2. The French Sultana, by Zia Wesley = 125 pages – FINISHED. Awesome histfic, such a fascinating story.

PAGES READ ON DAY 7 = 129.

TOTAL PAGES READ = 551 plus 3H45 of audio

WHAT I READ ON DAY 6:

  1. The Fictional 100: Ranking the Most Influential Characters in World Literature and Legend, by Lucy Pollard-Gott = 4 pages
  2. The French Sultana, by Zia Wesley = 63 pages

PAGES READ ON DAY 6 = 67.

PAGES READ SO FAR= 422 plus 3H45 of audio

ALSO:

  1. I did the Favorite Read Photo Challenge

WHAT I READ ON DAY 5:

 

Finally a decent reading day!

  1. Player Choice, by Jeff Deck = 110  pages FINISHED! Great book!
  2. The French Sultana, by Zia Wesley = 25 pages
    =
    histfic, the amazing story of Josephine’s sister. Supposedly taken away by pirates, ended up as a Sultana in Turkey

PAGES READ ON DAY 5 = 135.

No review to write tonight, so hopefully I’ll do better!

PAGES READ SO FAR= 355 plus 3H45 of audio

ALSO:

  1. I did the Cover Color Challenge

WHAT I READ ON DAY 4:

 

  1. Player Choice, by Jeff Deck = 67  pages
  2. Fatal Grace, by Louise Penny = audio = 30 mn

PAGES READ ON DAY 4 = 67.

No review to write tonight, so hopefully I’ll do better!

PAGES READ SO FAR= 220 plus 3H45 of audio

ALSO:

  1. I did the challenge From Modern To Classic
  2. I can’t believe no one has found yet the answer to the contest. So easy, pick up one of the clues and use that word in the search engine of my blog, it will come up quickly. A winner will get these 5 books!

WHAT I READ ON DAY 3:

  1. Player Choice, by Jeff Deck = 72 pages
  2. Fatal Grace, by Louise Penny = audio = 1 hour

PAGES READ ON DAY 3 = 72.

I had to write a review yesterday night, so that cut out on my reading time, and I will have to rite another one tonight. This Boutofbooks is definitely NOT what I had planned it to be.

Plus, did you notice, suddenly Station Eleven is gone from the list?
According to Goodreads, I’m part of the 3% who did not like this book.
I so wanted to like it. The parts on what’s going on after the flu epidemic are fine, but in between there are way too many flashbacks on before the event, that really slowed down and bogged down the whole thing for me. Stopped after about 25%.
Not wanting to risk DNFing another audio this week, I’ll wait next time to try a recently released and am back on Louise Penny’s series, so I started volume 2. Such a delight!

PAGES READ SO FAR= a pitiful 153, plus 3H15 of audio

WHAT I READ ON DAY 2:

  1. The Fictional 100: Ranking the Most Influential Characters in World Literature and Legend, by Lucy Pollard-Gott = 4 pages
  2. Player Choice, by Jeff Deck = 25 pages
  3. Station Eleven, by Emily St John Mandel – audio = 15 mn

PAGES READ ON DAY 2 = only 29.

I’m ending up reading less during Bout of Books Week! The culprit yesterday was the movie Mr. Turner which I had checked out at the library and had to watch before returning. If you are an artist and/or like biographies and fantastic acting, this is for you!
A real portrait of a complex character, not a simplification à la Hollywood, as some other recent successful movies. They worked so hard to make that movie, real ART. I highly recommend you watch the documentary part going with the DVD, explaining how they did the movie.

PAGES READ SO FAR= 81 only

I didn’t do any challenge yesterday

 ***

WHAT I READ ON DAY 1:

  1. The Homilies of Saint Gregory Palamas = 4 pages
  2. The Fictional 100: Ranking the Most Influential Characters in World Literature and Legend, by Lucy Pollard-Gott = 4 pages
  3. The Holy Lance, by Andrew Latham = 44 pagesBOOK FINISHED
  4. Station Eleven, by Emily St John Mandel – audio = 2 hours

PAGES READ SO FAR= 52 only, because of 1 hour spent at the Twitter party

ALSO:

  1. I took part in the insane Twitter Chat and added loads of book bloggers on my Twitter account
  2. I did the Bookish Survey
  3. I posted a book contest – remember, the 1st to guess the 2 correct answers wins the 5 books! Seriously, use the clues and the search button on my blog, and you will find them quickly!

HOW IS YOUR BOUT OF BOOKS GOING?

Bout of Books 13: Day 7

Bout of Books 13#boutofbooks

 

WHAT I READ ON DAY 6:

  1. The Fictional 100: Ranking the Most Influential Characters in World Literature and Legend, by Lucy Pollard-Gott = 4 pages
  2. The French Sultana, by Zia Wesley = 63 pages

PAGES READ ON DAY 5 = 67.

PAGES READ SO FAR= 422 plus 3H45 of audio

ALSO:

  1. I did the Favorite Read Photo Challenge

WHAT I READ ON DAY 5:

 

Finally a decent reading day!

  1. Player Choice, by Jeff Deck = 110  pages FINISHED! Great book!
  2. The French Sultana, by Zia Wesley = 25 pages
    =
    histfic, the amazing story of Josephine’s sister. Supposedly taken away by pirates, ended up as a Sultana in Turkey

PAGES READ ON DAY 5 = 135.

No review to write tonight, so hopefully I’ll do better!

PAGES READ SO FAR= 355 plus 3H45 of audio

ALSO:

  1. I did the Cover Color Challenge

WHAT I READ ON DAY 4:

 

  1. Player Choice, by Jeff Deck = 67  pages
  2. Fatal Grace, by Louise Penny = audio = 30 mn

PAGES READ ON DAY 4 = 67.

No review to write tonight, so hopefully I’ll do better!

PAGES READ SO FAR= 220 plus 3H45 of audio

ALSO:

  1. I did the challenge From Modern To Classic
  2. I can’t believe no one has found yet the answer to the contest. So easy, pick up one of the clues and use that word in the search engine of my blog, it will come up quickly. A winner will get these 5 books!

WHAT I READ ON DAY 3:

  1. Player Choice, by Jeff Deck = 72 pages
  2. Fatal Grace, by Louise Penny = audio = 1 hour

PAGES READ ON DAY 3 = 72.

I had to write a review yesterday night, so that cut out on my reading time, and I will have to rite another one tonight. This Boutofbooks is definitely NOT what I had planned it to be.

Plus, did you notice, suddenly Station Eleven is gone from the list?
According to Goodreads, I’m part of the 3% who did not like this book.
I so wanted to like it. The parts on what’s going on after the flu epidemic are fine, but in between there are way too many flashbacks on before the event, that really slowed down and bogged down the whole thing for me. Stopped after about 25%.
Not wanting to risk DNFing another audio this week, I’ll wait next time to try a recently released and am back on Louise Penny’s series, so I started volume 2. Such a delight!

PAGES READ SO FAR= a pitiful 153, plus 3H15 of audio

WHAT I READ ON DAY 2:

  1. The Fictional 100: Ranking the Most Influential Characters in World Literature and Legend, by Lucy Pollard-Gott = 4 pages
  2. Player Choice, by Jeff Deck = 25 pages
  3. Station Eleven, by Emily St John Mandel – audio = 15 mn

PAGES READ ON DAY 2 = only 29.

I’m ending up reading less during Bout of Books Week! The culprit yesterday was the movie Mr. Turner which I had checked out at the library and had to watch before returning. If you are an artist and/or like biographies and fantastic acting, this is for you!
A real portrait of a complex character, not a simplification à la Hollywood, as some other recent successful movies. They worked so hard to make that movie, real ART. I highly recommend you watch the documentary part going with the DVD, explaining how they did the movie.

PAGES READ SO FAR= 81 only

I didn’t do any challenge yesterday

 ***

WHAT I READ ON DAY 1:

  1. The Homilies of Saint Gregory Palamas = 4 pages
  2. The Fictional 100: Ranking the Most Influential Characters in World Literature and Legend, by Lucy Pollard-Gott = 4 pages
  3. The Holy Lance, by Andrew Latham = 44 pagesBOOK FINISHED
  4. Station Eleven, by Emily St John Mandel – audio = 2 hours

PAGES READ SO FAR= 52 only, because of 1 hour spent at the Twitter party

ALSO:

  1. I took part in the insane Twitter Chat and added loads of book bloggers on my Twitter account
  2. I did the Bookish Survey
  3. I posted a book contest – remember, the 1st to guess the 2 correct answers wins the 5 books! Seriously, use the clues and the search button on my blog, and you will find them quickly!

HOW IS YOUR BOUT OF BOOKS GOING?