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Product Details

  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Madison Street Publishing (September 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983671907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983671909
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,426,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Truly a brilliant novel, this book would appeal to both the historical fiction lover as well as the reader that just wants a good story about a flawed hero." - Just One More Paragraph (September, 2011)     


"a worthy start to a fantastic new series" - Reviews by Molly (October, 2011)   

"a novel rich in historical detail that will leave you wanting to know more about this time" - Peeking between the Pages (October, 2011)  

"a well-researched and captivating account" - The True Book Addict (October, 2011)  

"Ms. Lortz has a way with words and most definitely has a way with writing about this era in history." - Broken Teepee (September, 2011)   

More About the Author

Rosanne E. Lortz "Rose" is a medieval enthusiast, a book addict, and a native of Portland, Oregon. She graduated from New St. Andrews College in 2005 with a B. A. in Liberal Arts and Culture and worked as a high school teacher for several years teaching classes in English, history, literature, and music. She and her husband David Spears have four boys and co-own Madison Street Publishing.

Rose's latest book, Road from the West: Book I of the Chronicles of Tancred, was released on September 2, 2011. She is currently at work on the next two titles in that series and enjoys immersing herself in the eleventh century world of the First Crusade. You can find more information about Rose at http://rosannelortz.blogspot.com where she blogs about writing, mothering, and things historical.



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Bottom line: This was a great adventure story with an interesting perspective.
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I really was starting to enjoy the character of Alexandra early on, but then she became a little bit of a sop.
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The lack of females characters bothered me a little, even though it made sense in the context of the setting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Dunlap VINE VOICE on October 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
It is obvious from the beginning of this book that Rosanne Lortz loves history. She brought to life the Crusades, but not the "popular" Third Crusade with Richard Coeur de Lion, but instead, starts at the beginning with the First Crusade. This rare treat gives the reader a look at the beginning and the reasons many joined to fight, and because of extensive research that is apparent, also allows the reader to become familiar with Godfrey of Bouillon, Peter the Hermit, and of course main character, Bohemond who was the son of Robert Guiscard. and his nephew Tancred.

Rich with history, this tale is told with a prose that will keep the reader captivated throughout the story, transporting them back to the late 1090's. A time when knight and farmer fought for what they believed in. Some were fighting for God and the Church while others were looking for forgiveness and still others for riches in both wealth and political gain.

With that said, I found this take refreshing. Lortz did not focus so much on the gore of fighting, although there were fights, but on the trek, the lives and survival of large amounts of knights and soldiers. I never fully comprehend the extent these men traveled and what they endured while getting place to place, and then being fit or healthy enough to fight when they were enduring the elements and trying to cope with the lack of food. She created a story that was realistic both in setting and characters. Some, like Tancred, I have grown quite fond of, and was sad to see this book end. I will be impatiently waiting for the for the next book in the series: Flower of the Desert to be published.

Truly a brilliant novel, this book would appeal to both the historical fiction lover as well as the reader that just wants a good story about a flawed hero.With no sex and minimal gore, this book would be a great resource for home school high school students.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Hartness VINE VOICE on September 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
While I do enjoy historical fiction, in the past I have not been attracted to the period of the Crusades. As a Christian I'm not very proud of that era in our history. With Road from the West, I hoped that Rosanne Lortz's vision for this period would be informative, accurate, yet still entertaining. My actual knowledge of the subject is minimal, and while I wanted to learn more about it, I was looking for more than just a textbook in ancient Christian church history.

Fortunately, Lortz has succeeded in all of these areas. Her research and knowledge of the period are evident, as the details in her writing seem true to history, and easily transport the reader back in time almost 1,000 years. The story is interesting, and while there were a few moments that were a little dry, the plot kept moving well. She deftly ended many chapters in a way that made me want to read "just one more".

Tancred is an interesting character. He's a young, flawed martial leader, driven to redeem himself by serving the Church in the first Crusade. Through righteous acts and his goal of conquering Jerusalem for the Christian church, he feels he can atone for sins of the past. He's incredibly loyal, only swearing fealty if he knows he can keep that commitment and if that promise doesn't violate his allegiance to another. Tancred is particularly tied to the Catholic church in Rome and refuses to also swear a loyalty oath to the Byzantine Emperor Alexius, for example. Driven to see his cause through, he'll go against friends and family to do what needs to be done. And despite his young age, he's a wise and intelligent leader to the men and women who serve him and are under his care.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Meg @ A Bookish Affair on September 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Crusade was a Pope and Catholic sanctioned Christian takeover of Jerusalem. This book is the first in a trilogy that covers the first Crusade. Tancred, a young warrior, is told by Pope Urban if he fights in the Crusade, all of Tancred's sins will be absolved. Tancred really doesn't like playing by the rules but he wants to make his previous troubles go away.

I had never read any fictional books about the Crusade. I thought it was really interesting to see the Crusade from the perspective of the people who were fighting to boot the pagans out of the Holy City of Jerusalem. You can see from Tancred's perspective alone that people fought in the Crusades for all sorts of reasons. Some did fight because they believed they had a religious duty to remove the pagans from the Holy Land. Other fought for more selfish reasons. I guess I didn't realize that there was such a broad range of reasons for people to fight.

One of the things that I liked about this book is that although it takes place during a war, there isn't a lot of time spent on the battles themselves. The book covers more of the behind the scenes of what's going on. It talks more about what people were thinking as they marched towards the unknown. To me, this was way more interesting than a bunch of battle sequences.

Bottom line: This was a great adventure story with an interesting perspective.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Rieseck VINE VOICE on September 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
When you think of the Crusades you typically think of Richard I, but there were several other Crusades as well. In The Chronicles of Tancred series by Rosanne E. Lortz we follow the titular character of Tancred through the adventures and triumphs of the First Crusade. We follow our band of characters from Italy through Constantinople and, by the end of book 1, on to Antioch. The First Crusade was not merely just a quest to bring the Holy City back into the fold, but to recapture and take back many other important cities along the way. There were many different reasons to go on Crusade - increased wealth, glory, becoming a ruler of a city, and holy reason among others. This was not something that I had conceived of when thinking about the Crusades.

My issue with this book was with the characters - I didn't feel emotionally connected with many of them and weren't really sure of their motives. Even Tancred, our title character, I didn't feel convinced of his zeal to go on Crusade. There are very few female characters, which is understandable for the setting of this book, but those that were present I felt were wasted a little bit. I really was starting to enjoy the character of Alexandra early on, but then she became a little bit of a sop. I have heard that in the second book, Erminia, who we meet toward the end of the first book, becomes a much more prominent character, and I hope to enjoy her more.

By the end of the book I was really looking forward to finding out what would happen next to our band of travelers as they move toward Jerusalem. I would like to learn more about what happens on this First Crusade. As I know this is a trilogy, I expect the characters will grow and become more distinctive, but I was hoping to have a little more of a connection with them after the first book.
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