Synopses & Reviews
Set in medieval England and the Middle East, the story follows a young apprentice named Edmund, who has joined Richard Lionheart's forces in the Holy Land. Cadnum brings the twelfth century vividly to life in hand-to-hand warfare, as well as one of the classic horse and lance battles in history, the Battle of Arsuf.
In 12th-century England, after his master, a coin maker for the king, is brutally punished for alleged cheating, 17-year-old Edmund finds himself traveling to the Holy Land as squire to a knight crusader on his way to join the forces of Richard the Lionheart.
Edmund is awaiting punishment as a counter-feiter when a knight unexpectedly intervenes on his behalf -- and compels Edmund to join Richard Lionheart's forces in the Holy Land. There, amidst the savagery of the twelfth-century Crusades, Edmund learns both courage and compassion, and discovers that cruelty is somestimes considered the will of Heaven.
Set in medieval England and on the war-torn shores of the Middle East, The Book of the Lion weaves together a vibrant tapestry of storms at sea, the brutality of hand-to-hand combat, and one of the classic horse and lance battles of recorded history -- the Battle of Arsuf. Michael Cadnum invites us to inhabit a world radically unlike our own, yet rich with people, events, and -- unfortunately -- brutality we will recognize.
Marked by uncommonly beautiful writing from one of today's most acclaimed young adult novelists, this extraordinary saga is one that readers will long remember.