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Elizabeth Chadwick is an amazing author This is the first of her books I have read and it will not be the last The scenes are well written, right down to the smells you can picture every thing in your mind A wonderful, exciting love story and a refreshing change to read about Outremer Israel during the crusades It was wonderful seeing Sabin grow and mature from a young hellion and womanizer into a caring, loving husband and father, while at the same time being a fierce and noble warrier The fight between Sabin and the Arab where all Sabin had to defend himself was a wooden shield was heartstopping The final chapters were some of the most thrilling page turners I have ever read An incredible rescue, and according to the author based upon true events, except that Sabin and Anais are fictional An excellent read, I cannot recommend it enough. Unlike most of Elizabeth Chadwick s other novels I read, this is not about court life, kings or queens that once were, although different it was nevertheless an incredible read and I loved it The Falcons of Montalbard is a tale of adventure to Outremer and the story of the transformation of a bastard son, Sabin FitzSimon, from a wild womanizer youth into a loving husband, father and a worthy man It is about the love of Sabin and Anais, the woman he was supposed to stay clear of It is also an entertaining review of a fertile period in medieval times It all started when having involved himself with King Henry I s mistress, Sabin is attacked by the king s men and wakes up to find out that he has narrowly avoided going down with the White Ship After misadventures, his mother and stepfather weary of his rowdy ways send him, as the last chance, with Lord Edmund Strongfist to the Holy Lands Thus begins his new life.Anais and Strongfist are fictional, and not much is known of the real Sabin, nevertheless is compelling portray of a colorful period of history Based on established facts, it spotlights on the conflicts between Europeans and Muslims during the time of the Crusades and capture of King Badwin of Jerusalem As always, Chadwick writing is superb An overall immensely enjoyable read Recommended. @Epub ð The Falcons of Montabard â Sabin FitzSimon, Disgraced Son Of An Earl, Has The Opportunity To Rebuild His Career And Salvage His Reputation When The Knight Edmund Strongfist Leaves For The Holy Land To Offer His Sword And Services To The King Of Jerusalem He Asks Sabin To Join Him Sabin Is Warned To Keep Away From Strongfist S Daughter Annais, Which He Does But With A Feeling Of Regret, For He Is Attracted To Annais S Spirit, Her Courage And Wonderful Harp Playing The Holy Land Brings Its Own Share Of Trials For Sabin The Land Is In A Turmoil Of Constant Warfare And Following The Capture Of The King, Sabin Is Forced To Take Command Of The Fortress Of Montabard And Marry Its Recently Widowed Chateleine The Falcons of Montabard gives us a descriptive view about medieval life and crusading in the Holy Land, told mainly from the point of view of a young Norman knight named Sabin FitzSimon He is the illegitimate son of Simon de Senlis a major historical character from The Winter Mantle whose life and exploits as Elizabeth Chadwick professed is woven from imagination as there have been no significant historical documents chronicling his life.Sabin is a young, wilful and womanizing knight from Henry I s retinue whose latest mischief has caused the king s ire and inadvertently claimed a woman s life Shamed by his transgression, and upon the urging of his stepmother with whom he has always shared a stiff and distant bond, he agrees to go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Edmund Strongfist, a former member of his stepfather s household now in service to King Baldwin II of Jerusalem, and his lovely convent raised daughter, Annais Their arduous journey to Outremer, the genuine affection he has suddenly found and reserved for Annais, and the historic events that followed have radically transformed Sabin from an errant knight to a respectable man and warrior It is always fascinating to read about the medieval times and the personalities who had lived in that period, especially when it s written by a talented author such as Elizabeth Chadwick Miss Chadwick always gets her facts straight, adds flavorful dialogues to jazz up the story line, develops her characters like a log, and brings a reader s subconscious to time travel with her lifelike recounting of actual historical events One cannot help but get involved with her characters, immerse in the timeline she s narrating, and get transfixed by how creatively and even handedly she has rewritten historical accounts Her description of the Saracens being formidable enemies but gracious hosts is the very same description I ve read from a Sharon Kay Penman book Everyone knows how extensive Miss Penman s knowledge of medieval life is, so I know this isn t just a case of over the top narrative I just thought that the plot went a bit dragging in some chapters where the battle scenes have played out, and the fictional story between Sabin and Annais got too predictable that I was merely waiting for the page where my conjecture would exactly turn out Sometimes being able to guess what happens next in a story makes the succeeding sequences look nondescript and hollow for me, but trust Miss Chadwick to always ricochet from minor flaws such as these with her great story endings.Overall, I enjoyed the plot and lessons in history and will seal it with 4 stars Young Sabin FitzSimon narrowly avoids the sinking of The White Ship because he s with one of the mistresses of the king King s men find him and after his beating he wakes up finding out the ship has went down and the woman died Sabin goes to a tavern to drown his sorrow and he gets into a fight where one man dies His mother and stepfather has had enough of his wild ways and send him, as a last chance, with Edmund Strongfist to the Holy Lands Sabin is strongly advised to stay away from Strongfist s daughter but it might not be the only trouble he has problems staying away.Another great book from Chadwick and I believe you can never go wrong with her books I loved watching Sabin grow up from being young wild womanizer to loving and caring husband and father and learning honour Annais laughed You would rather have a honeyed date than a man she asked.Aiesha chuckled That depends on the man, she said Your husband could make fat any time he chose pg 398I wouldn t mind either D While not being her best book I really loved this book and it s been some time since I ve read something from her. Chadwick writes history that takes you there, from the major events to the day to day life, it s engrossing, interesting and feels very much THERE One is rarely disappointed with her books.This one takes you to Outremer and the crusades, as we follow Sabin through his journey to becoming the man he is, and Sabin I have to say is the PERFECT hero as perfect as Chadwick writes them, she writes really realistic characters complete with faults.I really enjoyed the setting and the characters and the events, but I have to say that since I belong to the other side of the crusade I kept waiting for Sabin and Annais to realize that they have to go back home, to England I never saw Montabard as they re home, or the war as they re war To me they just didn t belong there and had they actually left at the end to England the book would have probably gotten 5 stars from me, but that IS a personal issue that didn t take away from how good the book was, or how much I enjoyed reading about Sabin Chadwick at the end of the book suggests books for further reading, one of which Osama s autobiography I m very much interested in.One last thing, I wish there was a map somewhere, the old names did not make it clear where exactly events where happening. At the beginning I didn t figure out that Simon from The Winter Mantle was Sabin s father It isn t important but if you read The Winter Mantle it it is interesting to be aware of it.About The Falcons of Montabard.Well, it was Elizabeth Chadwick so what can I say I have looked at my other reviews of her books and I can repeat from them.The perfectly balanced descriptions of those times and world, with interesting details but not too much.The real characters, like they probably were in those times, without much modern correctness.An eye to details small gestures, moves of a body, facial expressions They smoothly and beautifully showed real emotions and thoughts.So, it was first of all another great historical fiction that showing us a glimpse at that part of the history and those people and through it a deeper view about humansIt is interesting, the difference, he said, picking up a chess piece of his own with which to toy The Franks think of the Saracens as oily tongued and false because they prefer drawn out diplomacy to plain speaking The Saracens think the Franks uncivilized because they grunt out their demands on the instant and fail to observe the courtesiesShe tensed A whore sells herself for money, she said Never in my life have I done that, but I have often enough been sold by men Does that make them pimpssold by men in the meaning of the arranged marriages There was a love story too, very satisfying, but you should always remember that in Chadwick s novels historical fiction isn t just a background for a romance So, if you look for just historical romance you will be overwhelmed with Chadwick s booksthere is love at first sight so the troubadours say and there is the love that you take on piece by piece like armouring yourself A thoughtful look crossed his face Or perhaps like removing your armour How many people would you allow within the space between your heart and your shield Now, I must write one tiny complaint Like with The Champion through the last hundred pages, I lost a bit thrill I was still interested but I wasn t reading it with the big eyes and a held breath like I read her novels.For I recommend a short review by Misfit.Also, Kimberly summarized it perfectly Falcons is an amazing story full of adventure, love, and a few laughs The characters are all wonderfully drawn, especially Sabin, Annais, and Strongfistalthough I must say that Sabin takes the cake since he is a total hottie Chadwick s writing is smart, engaging, and quietly educational She is a shower rather than a teller you learn about the time and culture through the telling of the story rather than tedious passages of detail She writes with the assumption that the reader is intelligent and can figure things out on his or her own, and I love her for that. Wow This is a stunning novel that kept me enraptured throughout I expected to love it, it is written by Elizabeth Chadwick after all, but this was much than that I became completely caught up in it I didn t race through this book, I savored it I found myself relishing each beautifully crafted description of medieval life in Outremer The landscape that is painted within these pages truly came to life for me and I became besotted by it in much the same way that the central characters found themselves Both Sabin and Annais created new homes for themselves in the Frankish territories of the Holy Land, leaving their old lives behind for two very different reasons They both face numerous trails and ordeals and yet they continue to grasp at their chance to live a life that they want and enjoy.This is not your typical romance story Sabin has been told to keep his distance from Annais by her over protective and yet lovable father and Annais is married to someone else before her relationship with Sabin blossoms I had hoped that the pair would find love in this novel and yet it wasn t written in a way that pointed to that directly It is much true to life than that sometimes you just don t know where life is going to take you The most gripping part of the novel is the final third when the King of Jerusalem is taken hostage and then returned in exchange for partial payment of a ransom Hostages are then sent in his stead until the remainder of the ransom is paid As Ms Chadwick writes in her author s note, this situation did indeed occur However her characters of Sabin and Annais are fictional and she uses this piece of history to create a story to surround them It was gripping I literally read each page with baited breath until the very end, as I truly had no idea how things were going to turn out for them Overall this was an immensely enjoyable read This novel has found it s way up there as one of my all time favourite Elizabeth Chadwick novels They re all great, but this one will stay with me for a very long time. Okay, I m going to be brutally honest about my impression of this book I like Chadwick s highly detailed stories and that s why I read her books, but this time, oh, my, goodness Someone stick toothpicks in my eyes to hold open my lids This book started out with the best of intentions, but it seemed to finish halfway through This is why I gave it two stars instead of one, because the first half of the book was a pretty good read I was enthralled by Sabin the hero , Strongfist the heroine s father , Mariamne the father s over sexed wife and was than mildly intrigued to see if Annais the heroine was about to erupt from her boring persona into a spirited, take life by the throat kinda gal I could imagine her developing into a powerful character The inklings were there on the voyage over I wanted so badly to see her riding across the Holy Lands, a wild born mare striding out beneath her, sand flaying the toughening skin of her Frankish cheek and a scimitar tucked through her belt, defending her realms with the passion and vehemence of her male counterparts The story seemed to be building into some sort of crescendo as the trio arrived in Jerusalem And yet, to my dismay, when the story moved to Montabard it fell flat on it s face Did Annais find the life sucking spring of perpetual valium bubbling up out of the hills of Montabard Still, there was some remnant strength in the lead and minor male charcters, but with a third of the book to go, those characters suffered a similar fate and dozed off under my nose Truth be told, a few chugs of coffee was the only thing keeping me from doing the same The story had died out and it felt as if the last third of the book was just page filler for the sake of thickening out the book What a shame This book and these characters could have really shone if the story hadn t been pulled out from underneath them I disliked this book so much that I virtually skipped over the last four or five chapters as they sounded exactly the same as the last four or five chapters before them and the last four or five chapters before that I also disliked this book so much that it has turned me off Chadwick s novels I hope this is only a temporary affliction because I have recently arrived copies of The Conquest The Winter Mantle sitting on my shelf waiting to be cracked open I m sure I ll get passed it, though I will be reading Bernard Cornwall s The Last Kingdom next just to put The Falcons of Montabard far behind me. Elizabeth Chadwick is an amazing author This is the first of her books I have read and it will not be the last The scenes are well written, right down to the smells you can picture every thing in your mind A wonderful, exciting love story and a refreshing change to read about Outremer Israel during the crusades It was wonderful seeing Sabin grow and mature from a young hellion and womanizer into a caring, loving husband and father, while at the same time being a fierce and noble warrier The fight between Sabin and the Arab where all Sabin had to defend himself was a wooden shield was heartstopping The final chapters were some of the most thrilling page turners I have ever read An incredible rescue, and according to the author based upon true events, except that Sabin and Anais are fictional An excellent read, I cannot recommend it enough.