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Jerusalem Falls Paperback – April 20, 2012
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
A compelling drama, and at times visceral. Nice character development, and the pace of the story is well done.
- Jeanne Pawluk, St. Catherines, Ontario
Captivating. Masterfully written, and a must read. Once engrossed, I couldn't put it down.
- Brent Naseath, Monterey, California
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The novel spans the journey of Louis de Garonne, from his childhood as a passionate young man with dreams of becoming a Templar Knight through his lifetime. We follow Louis as he realizes his dream and comes to terms with the fact that the reality isn't what he envisioned. He struggles with the desire to fight for and to uphold what he always was taught was so sacred, with the reality of how those ideals become altered by human nature both good and deeply flawed. The story has it all, desire, loyalty, faith, jealousy and greed influencing decisions of life, death, war and love. Throughout the story you are challenged to lose the ability to see things as black and white. The characters are well developed and you often find their decisions unexpected but then understandable in the choice between what is expected of them and what is the truly the right path to take. The lessons learned are thought provoking and woven subtly with symbolism. Dixon brilliantly paints a picture that makes Louis's internal struggles very relevant to our times.
I was captivated and thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end!
The story itself is beautiful, well researched, and very devoted to a civilization and way of life that is long past. Jack Dixon doesn't get caught up often in the numerous names and titles he is forced to deal with at the expense of the story. Basically, Jerusalem Falls follows the life of a young man who is filled with idealistic dreams and aspirations. He eventually joins the life he longs after: a Templar Knight, and quickly realizes that it is not what he thought it was. He is forced to revolutionize his entire way of looking at the world, and decide if he will leave, disillusioned, or hang in and soldier through. He has to find new things to believe in, and a new purpose, which he does admirably.
For anyone who reads the book solely for the history, realize that the writer has to keep the main character's path at the foremost helm, though the book is rich with history and major, major historic events.
Prior to reading this novel, I had little knowledge of the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (there was a quick reference [albeit historically incorrect, as it was the Knights Hospitaller that had settled in Malta in the 16th Century, as I think the Knights Templar had long since been disbanded] to them in "The Maltese Falcon" as to the origin of the "stuff that dreams are made of...") and of the Crusades (other than that which I was forced to learn ~ and quickly forget ~ in high school). I had never heard of the Cathars or Catharism and was "forced" to have to learn more about them. And just what the heck is a "Greek Fire"? I looked it up and was happy to learn that it was not some kinda intestinal malady from eating bad gyros, but actually an ancient incendiary device.
Also, I have one minor complaint about the title of this book, not once did I see any reference to any sort of place where water flows over a vertical drop in the course of a stream or river. Seems kinda like false advertising to me, Niagra would never stoop that low.
But all seriousness aside, whenever a novel can get an idiot like me interested in stupid historical events, that is always a good thing. I will recommend this book highly (and have already done so to many friends).