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Shadow of the Swords

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Somewhere in between historical fiction and history book.

By Alayne - June 21, 2010

Shadow of the Swords is somewhere in between historical fiction and history book. It's a serious novel, a bit dry in the beginning, but it ends with the heat and passion of the true history of the Crusades in the twelfth century.

Pitted against each other in this novel, as they were in the Crusades, is Saladin, Sultan of Egypt and Syria, and Richard the Lionheart, the new king of England. When Richard's father, King Henry, dies and leaves the throne to his second son, John, Richard takes the throne by force. Determined to win the love of his nobles and subjects, and the admiration of his family, Richard embarks on a war to reclaim the city of Jerusalem, which has just been lost to Saladin.

Thrust in between these two powerful foes is Miriam, a beautiful, independent, stubborn woman, scorned for her religion as a Jew by both sides. Neither man can deny their growing feelings for this emerald eyed beauty, but her actions will surprise them both.

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History Through Other Eyes

By Sam Sattler - July 26, 2010

Few will argue the old cliché that there are "two sides to every story," or that truth requires consideration of both sides, especially when it comes to the study of written history. The tendency of history textbooks to present only one point-of-view brings to mind the famous Winston Churchill quote, "History is written by the victors." But the "victors," unfortunately, tell us only what they want us to know, and the losers generally have lost their right to argue the point.

Kamran Pasha's "Shadow of the Swords" is an opportunity for Western readers to look at the bloody Third Crusade of the late twelfth century through the eyes of Saladin, commander of the Muslim forces in Palestine at the time of Richard the Lionheart's invasion of the region. Note, however, that portions of the book are written from Richard's point-of-view, although Saladin's character remains the most influential one throughout the book.

Most intriguingly, at the time of Richard's... read more


By Tony Samadani - June 14, 2010

Kamran Pasha does it again. I was skeptical on how he was going to pull off SHADOW OF THE SWORDS, but he did it in a fantastic way! I have read many books, both fictional and non-fictional about the crusades. Usually they have a preachy tone to them, or rather slated take. I was 100% satisfied with this novel. It read very quickly and reads like a feature movie. I love reading Pasha's book because he is a successful Hollywood writer and the books flow naturally like a film.

Kudos Pasha. To anybody seeking an action-packed and very emotional ride - you will want to buy this book. As someone with historical knowledge of the last crusade, Pasha doesn't take that many liberties and doesn't veer off the path that much. There are a few obvious characters that are not part of history - but it makes for a better story - and hence the "non-fictional" novel.

Great job - highly recommend!!

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