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ALTDORF: The Forest Knights: Book 1 Kindle Edition

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What readers are saying at theforestknights.com:

"I absolutely loved Altdorf..."
"...Fantastic story!"
"...when it ended, I felt a void."
"Can't wait to read more."
"I couldn't put it down!"

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A wild land too mountainous to be tamed by plows...

A Duke of the Holy Roman Empire, his cunning overshadowed only by his ambition...

A young Priestess of the Old Religion, together with a charismatic outlaw, sparking a rebellion from deep within the forests...

And an ex-Hospitaller caught between them all.

"Re-imagining the William Tell legend--without William Tell."

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  • File Size: 649 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: UE Publishing Co. (November 21, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 21, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005TU1GKE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,541 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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J. K. Swift lives in a log house well off the beaten path in central B.C., Canada. He is the author of "The Forest Knights" novels (http://theforestknights.com), which are set in medieval Switzerland. He has worked as a school teacher, jailhouse guard, Japanese translator, log peeler, accountant, martial arts instructor, massage therapist, technical editor, and has called a few Bingo games. He gets his story ideas while traveling in Europe, feeding his chickens, and cutting wood.

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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Ellen on October 30, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This was a terrific book! It has got knights, sword fights, druids, damsels, and heros who stand up for justice for their people. I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning to finish it. When I first started to read, I was afraid that the story would be cheesy and that there would be glaring historical innacuracies. However, I found it to be a complex story line and, after looking up some of the actual historical characters I found that the book portrayed historical characters and settings accurately within the framework of the fictional story. I did feel that the book ended a little too abruptly. I know there is a second book that continues the story, but I think that books in a series should still be able to stand alone. The suddenness of the ending, while making me want to read the second book, left me feeling like this book was actually "Part 1" and not able to stand on its own. I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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136 of 146 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 30, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book until I got to the nonexistent ending. I understand the desire to get the reader into the next book in a series, but to trick the reader into it by waiting to the stopping of the story to do it is very frustrating. Just tell me up front that I have to get two books, or more - that is just being honest. This is the second time I have been fooled by this trick and I don't appreciate it. So, reader beware. Again, I enjoyed the story, but know that you will need to get a second book to have a satisfying conclusion.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jen on May 10, 2013
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When I started reading this book, I wasn't overly impressed because it seemed like way too much time was spent creating the characters. My wife felt the same way later when she read the book. However, once we got past the introductions, and into the heart of the book, the reason for spending the extra time getting to know the characters became apparent.

This book ended up being one of the best I've read in the past year. I ended up buying the sequal so I could find out how it ended.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By runruby on July 9, 2013
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This book was good for me, but not great.

It was a little violent for my taste. Even as I type that though...the scenes were not terribly violent, I think what got to me was the undercurrent of hopelessness woven throughout this book. The thinking of the men, the violet tendencies (rape/torture), and the lack of a "good guy" all contributed to the hopelessness. I can see how many people would feel it is very romantic, but I just felt sad.

I do not think it is "inappropriate", just not to my taste.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Justin S on April 16, 2013
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Altdorf is the first book of the Forest Knights duology and is set during Middle Ages in Europe. J.K. Swift has done a fantastic jobs creating an interesting world with compelling characters and a fascinating story. Perhaps more fantasy than history compared to other historical fiction novels, I still found it a fantastic read. If your a fan of Angus Donald's Robin Hood series or Conn Iggulden's Emperor and Conqueror series than you'll be a fan of Swift's Forest Knights novels. Note: both books of the series (Altdorf & Morgarten) should be read together, i.e. one right after the other.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D. Ridley on March 30, 2012
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I picked up this book on a whim, and let me just say that i was very impressed and i loved it, i cannot wait for another to be released. I enjoyed Swifts novel as much as i did the works of Lawhead, Lamours "The Walking Drum" or "Eaters of the Dead" by Crichton. Swift has yet to make a huge footprint upon the genre but if fate allows i can see it happening, a must read!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By KrasneTigritsa on July 16, 2014
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well written, original, and compelling, this book has a great deal of promise. my one complaint (well, actually I have several, but my most forceful complaint) is the lack of real heroism. the sidekick is a relentless womanizer, which is displayed in the book as an attractive trait, and his one extremely noble act before abruptly leaving the story is passed by without a great deal of comment. the Robin Hood-style idealistic revolutionary has a nasty habit of poking people's eyes out. the hero's love interest thinks that lust is a necessary part of living(really, she says this in so many words) and the hero himself ends the story by cursing God and needlessly killing a not-so-evil man while said man is begging for mercy. forgive me for not cheering for him. these shortcomings of the 'good guys' are justified by making the bad guys sadistic rapists and witch-hunters. that and Christianity is portrayed as some evil force that the hero must free himself of before he is able to rescue the damsel. or witch. or whatever she is. also, a very interesting outlaw is introduced at the beginning, but then our heroes chop his fingers off and he isn't mentioned again. I would have rather read a book about him.
that said, kudos to the author for writing a novel set in medieval Switzerland. the storyline itself is as original as the setting, and the characters drew me in enough to be continually dismayed by their actions. fans of Lawhead's King Raven series might find themselves intrigued. it's not a bad book; just disappointing and insufficiently hopeful for my tastes.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By HJ on December 24, 2013
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Amazon recommendations failed me tremendously in telling me to give this one a go. The introduction narratives - yes, that's a plural - were terrible at setting up a reader's relationship with characters. The characters were shallow. The plot was woven from too many perspectives (George R.R. Martin's finesse it has not). I started excited, carried on with unfounded hope, then rounded off the work with determination that was ended with a sense of loss. Time lost.
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