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Ironfire: An Epic Novel of Love and War Paperback – April 26, 2005
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“Ball proves himself a master storyteller, his richly detailed literary canvas bringing to life an age of religious fanaticism and conflict.”
--The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"David Ball has built an action-packed, often erotic and always sensual epic-adventure around a handful of well-developed characters swept up in the maelstrom of 16th-century holy wars between two different worlds…. IRONFIRE resonates with masterful and real details exceeding imagination."
"[Ball's] descriptions convincingly evoke the savagery of this 16th-century religious war."
"Entertaining, swashbuckling, at times sexy, packed with raw emotion, and just plain fun."
--Boulder Daily Camera
From the Hardcover edition.
From the Inside Flap
From the acclaimed author of Empires of Sand comes a mesmerizing new adventure that Jean Auel cites as crowded with events that both forecast and mirror the conflicts of today. Sweeping from the drawing rooms of Paris to the palace of Suleiman the Magnificent to the dark hold of a slave ship racing across the sea, here is a dazzling story of love and valor, innocence and identity, an epic novel of the clash of civilizations on a barren island where the future was forged.
The Mediterranean, the sixteenth century: Lying squarely in the midst of the vital sea lanes between the Christian West and the Ottoman Empire in the East, and ruled by the ancient Order of the Knights of St. John, Malta will become the stage upon which the fate of the world turns. For one of its sons, the hand of violence strikes swiftly, when young Nicolo Borg is seized by Barbary slavers and launched on a remarkable journey to the court of the supreme ruler of the Muslim world. Renamed Asha, plotting his escape even as he swears allegiance to the god of his masters and is schooled in the arts of culture and war, the innocent boy will be transformed into one of the Sultans deadliest commanders.
For Nicos beloved sister, Maria, his loss fires her hatred for the knights who did nothing to save him and her dreams of escape from her stifling home. As the headstrong girl grows into a fierce beauty, she will capture the attention of one man in particular, Christien de Vries, a surgeon-knight torn between duty and desire, caught up in Maltas frantic preparations against the coming Ottoman storm. Around Nico and Maria are men and women who will share their destinies: Dragut Raïs, a brilliant corsair, arch-rival of the knights Giulio Salvago, a priest in full flight from his carnal nature Alisa, a young beauty hidden away in a harem Jean de La Valette, the master knight who is Maltas only hope for survival.
As the mighty Ottoman fleet bears down on the tiny island, as Nico Borg makes his way back to his homeland at the helm of a warship, Ironfire moves inexorably to a shattering climax where all will face ultimate justice in the murderous cauldron of siege warfare. Brilliantly capturing the crosscurrents of a storied age, Ironfire is historical fiction in the grand tradition, a stirring realization of a pivotal moment in time that irrevocably shaped the world we inhabit today.
From the Hardcover edition.
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You might like it if you like historical novels like Gai-Jin or Post Captain. I also read The Enemy at the Gate which is straight history of the siege of Vienna. Needless to say, Ironfire was more fun!
I thought some of the comments were strange because they suggested that there was a lot of sex in the book but there wasn't. I honestly don't know what they're talking about. Its not that nothing like that ever happens but I wouldn't say it's really that steamy on the whole and it's never very explicit at all.
His writing blew me away. This book is a page turner. As some others have said, you truly care for the characters and want the story to go on and on, whilst learning lots and lots of valuable details about Malta's history and the Order of Knights. This was specially exciting as I could visit many places mentioned in the book. The author, David Ball, made a great work with his descriptions of the places, customs and specific problems of the era (16th century). You can almost feel the dust coming from the construction sites and the heat, hearing the busting workers and sea men coming from sea.
If you like Malta, historic novels and good writing, then this is a remarkable book for you!
My wife who is very critical on the subject of historical drama also loved this one.
Very well written book and the author managed to mix fiction with facts.
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Historically faithful, excellent character development, great narrative, amazing plot development.Read more