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The bloodshed of the Third Crusade is vividly portrayed in Pasha's second novel (Mother of All Believers), an excellent swords and sandals saga that takes in the action from an early Islamic perspective. Richard the Lionheart leads the armies of the European Crusaders, while Saladin commands the Muslim forces in Palestine. Both men are cunning and ruthless, and both are victims of the wiles of a beautiful young Jewish woman's plotting—one man as her lover, the other as an enemy. Miriam is the niece of Maimonides, Saladin's trusted physician, and she has the power and will to thwart one man's plans and save the kingdom of the other. This is a suspenseful, action-packed historical filled with intrigue, treachery, revenge, massive atrocity, and gory scenes of battlefield butchery. Best, however, is Pasha's clear depictions of Saladin's and Richard's astute political and military leadership styles as they rally their forces to fight yet another religious war neither would win. (July)
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“Two outsized legends of the Crusades—Richard the Lionheart and Saladin—face one another once again, this time as mortal men in this intelligent, incisive portrait of the quintessential east-west conflict.”
—Margaret George, bestselling author of The Memoirs of Cleopatra
“A ripping, action-crammed yarn, Shadow of the Swords puts us smack into the Crusades, making this period new and visceral and riveting. Kamran Pasha is a powerful new voice in historical fiction.”
—Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of Gates of Fire
"Forget everything you think you know about the Crusades. In this gorgeously wrought tale, Kamran Pasha depicts the other side of the legendary struggle with startling modern relevance. His unexpected vision of charismatic Saladin, tortured Richard the Lionheart, and the proud woman who comes between them is passionate, gilded with detail, and steeped in the blood and thunder of two antagonistic faiths, vying for possession of a beleaguered land. A triumph from start to finish!"
—C.W. Gortner, author of The Last Queen and The Confessions of Catherine de MediciSee all Editorial Reviews
I am absolutely in love with this book. Behind the cheesiness of the book cover is a wonderfully written story of the Third Crusades, and prominent figures of the time such as King... Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by Caity
This was a fun and insightful read. It was hard to put down and pretty well paced. I would highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in the era the book is based on.Published on May 15, 2013 by Omer I
Enjoyed it. Recomend it. Could not put it down.All characters were thought out and spoke to me on an intimate level.Published on November 28, 2012 by khaldoun bitar
I bought this book august 1 2010 and just finished reading it today.3 days total.I buy 10 books a week but only read 2 or 3 in that time. Read morePublished on September 10, 2012 by Brandy526@aol.com
This novel ought to come with an "alternate universe" label. I'd call myself a casual scholar of the Middle Ages, but I found myself saying, "that can't be right! Read morePublished on January 21, 2011 by Literate - usually
As a prcticing, orthodox Jew, I was not expecting this book to be as eye-opening as it turned out to be. Although an acknowledged work of fiction, the message is clear. Read morePublished on December 20, 2010 by Rebshalom
I could not put this book down, especially towards the end. At the climactic struggle between Richard and Saladin, my heart was pounding, the story was so vividly told. Read morePublished on September 12, 2010 by Al Andalus
Kamran has put together a great story about all the moving parts that revolved around the lives of Saladin and Richard leading up to their epic battle. Read morePublished on August 22, 2010 by Amad Amin
I really did enjoy reading Kamran Pasha's second book, "Shadow of the Swords." The characters are well developed, and the storyline leaves the reader immersed throughout the entire... Read morePublished on August 22, 2010 by BookWorm1