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Under Robert Guiscard, the de Hautevilles have grown in importance and power throughout Italy and, through the Papacy, all of Christendom. Now it is Robert’s son Bohemund’s turn to take up arms – the opportunity to fight under the papal banner in the Holy Lands could bring him the glory and riches he desires and which have been cruelly denied him elsewhere....

Title : Son of Blood
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ISBN : 9780749011000
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Son of Blood Reviews

  • Jeffrey Rasley
    2019-02-13 04:56

    Bohemond, the bastard son of Robert Guiscard, is the tallest, the most valiant, loyal, and most accomplished fighter in his father's army. He is a cunning commander of troops, attractive to women, and all-around too perfect. Christian moralists might fault him for being too ambitious, but within his Norman culture and ethos, ambition is considered a virtue. So, Bohemond has no faults.Ludlow's land battles and naval engagements are exciting and described in just the right detail to draw the reader in and get the blood up. I would, however, have liked more. Several battles are summarized rather than described. I wish the author had stuck with his real strength.The history of the Normans in Italy is related in much detail. The lineage and accomplishments ot Bohemond, Prince of of Tarento, his father, Robert de Hauteville, the triple Duke of Apulia, Calabria and Sicily, his younger brother and lieutenant Roger of Hauteville, the Great Count from whom the Koings of Sicily were to descend, Robert's legitimate son Borsa and nephew Jordan, along with Robert's wife, and several popes are related. I very much enjoy learning history through well-written historical fiction, which I count this. But, the story occasionally lost its thread in the accounts of lineages and relationships. Still, from what I learned through Wikipedia after reading "Son", the history leading up to Bohemond's "crusade" and becoming the first Prince of Antioch is accurate and the story is a good one, despite the hero being too perfect.

  • Gaash
    2019-02-10 00:53

    A very hard read. The story doesn't seem to flow.

  • Mark Halse
    2019-02-14 23:52

    This book sucks. Scattered and no flow to the plot. Get bent Ludlow.

  • Manuel António
    2019-02-06 05:49

    Forget the politics and the scheming of a Song of Ice and Fire, nevermind about the to and fros of the Wars of the Roses, delving into the very entangling affairs of 11th century Italy, wherein Rome tries wresting authority from the Emperor, where Lombards, Normans, Byzantines, Sarracens fight for control, where a dozen small duchies and principalities shift borders and allegiances is such a juicy morsel. Though this is the 1st book of the Crusades trilogy, it's also the 4th installement in the Norman/Hauteville sextet that began with Conquest. Absolutely fascinating seeing layer upon layer of History setting in place.

  • Sonny
    2019-02-11 03:45

    It was an ok read. A little boring half way through. That's what got it 3 stars instead of 4.

  • Ryan St george
    2019-02-09 06:12

    This book isn't bad necessarily, it's just too historically inaccurate. It's well written with good battle scenes. But at times the book slows down too much with massive info dumps. It also makes the classic mistake that the crusaders were going in crusade for plunder and land. Also makes the mistake that European nobility had too many second born sons and they had to go on crusade for plunder and land. This has been proven to be historically wrong. Most crusaders were first born noble Knights that sacrificed everything to go on crusade. Inheritance, wealth, family line, everything! This book also implies that the mistreatment of Christian pilgrims and travelers at the hands of Saracens were exaggerated. Another thing that's also untrue. I'm not sure if I'll read book two right away. This book had much potential but fails miserably due to lack historical research. If anyone knows of good Crusader fiction please let me know.

  • David
    2019-02-20 23:06

    It's not often I on't finish a book and this is one such occasion. It started off very promisingly and the character Bohemund was nicely developed. However, it ground to a halt. I read about half the book and found it slow paced and lots of talking. I have read a few books about the Normans in Italy and I was looking forward to this tale.

  • Joebacca
    2019-01-31 05:47

    boooooooring!! can't finish this tripe (and I read Anna Karenina)! there really is no story, it's reading more like a history text than anything else and it's weak. glad it's a loaner and can send it back to the be fair, I won't rate it cause I didn't finish it.

  • Margareth8537
    2019-01-23 00:07

    Audiobook read by Jonathan Keeble.Continuation of The Mercenaries with the book starting with Bohamund de Hauteville in Italy. The Mercenaries could get bogged down in detail, and this even more so. Didn't find this a really good addition to the many books on the Crusades

  • Mike
    2019-02-20 02:00

    I lost interest by the time I reached the middle of the book. I am not familiar with the characters -- real or fictional -- and got lost in the minutiae of the progression of the story line.

  • Bill
    2019-02-02 01:47

    Can't wait for the next one.

  • Oliver Bogler
    2019-02-15 03:47

    Well told historical story - great military detail, and captivating. Listened to it on Audible.