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Road from the West (Chronicles of Tancred #1)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  37 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Haunted by guilt from the past and nightmares of the future, a young Norman named Tancred takes the cross and vows to be the first to free Jerusalem from the infidels. As he journeys to the Holy Land, he braves vast deserts, mortal famine, and the ever-present ambushes of the enemy Turks—but the greatest danger of all is deciding which of the Crusader lords to trust. A mys ...more
Kindle Edition, 374 pages
Published August 2011 by Madison Street Publishing
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Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Beginning in 1096, this novel covers the very start of the Pope Urban's First Crusade (the subsequent two novels will play out the rest of it, presumably). Written in a straight-forward manner, Lortz follows the exploits of the young nobleman Tancred, nephew of Bohemond of Taranto.

The characters, sadly, were flat, and I felt very little connection with any of them, including our hero Tancred. Despite having a lightning bolt revelation about his role as a Christian soldier at the beginning of th
When you think of the Crusades you typically think of Richard I, but there were several other Crusades as well. In The Chronicles of Tancred series by Rosanne E. Lortz we follow the titular character of Tancred through the adventures and triumphs of the First Crusade. We follow our band of characters from Italy through Constantinople and, by the end of book 1, on to Antioch. The First Crusade was not merely just a quest to bring the Holy City back into the fold, but to recapture and take back ma ...more
Helena Schrader
Rosanne Lortz’s “Road from the West” is a well-researched and, on the whole, realistic portrayal of the First Crusade seen through Norman eyes. While it does not white-wash the crusaders or their actions, it does not turn them into monsters either. Indeed, this book makes no attempt at political correctness, and so it is not laden with anachronistic values and perspectives. Instead, the absence of moralizing lends the book a refreshing authenticity.

Like all “road” books, the plot is determined m
Michelle (True Book Addict)
I am so pleased that I keep discovering historical fiction authors who really know how to tell a story. Rosanne Lortz has taken the Crusades, which I have to admit I know little about, aside from Richard the Lionheart, and has written a well-researched and captivating account. I'm not much for battle scenes, but she succeeded in adding just enough to show the harsh reality of war and the mettle it took for these men to fight as they did. While many of the men in the story joined the Crusades for ...more
It is obvious from the beginning of this book that Rosanne Lortz loves history. She brought to life the Crusades, but not the "popular" Third Crusade with Richard Coeur de Lion, but instead, starts at the beginning with the First Crusade. This rare treat gives the reader a look at the beginning and the reasons many joined to fight, and because of extensive research that is apparent, also allows the reader to become familiar with Godfrey of Bouillon, Peter the Hermit, and of course main character ...more
Laura Hartness
Aug 24, 2011 Laura Hartness rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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While I do enjoy historical fiction, in the past I have not been attracted to the period of the Crusades. As a Christian I’m not very proud of that era in our history. With Road from the West, I hoped that Rosanne Lortz’s vision for this period would be informative, accurate, yet still entertaining. My actual knowledge of the subject is minimal, and while I wanted to learn more about it, I was looking for more than just a textbook in ancient Christian church history.

Fortunately, Lortz has succee
Sandra Olshaski
Road From the West: Book 1 of the Chronicles of Tancred by Rosanne E. Lortz (Rated:C)
ISBN: 978-0-9836719-0-9
Madison Street Publishing
Published: September 5, 2011
Trade Paperback, 349 pages

This is the first book in a trilogy that deals with the First Crusade circa 1095 C.E. It is historical fiction.

The main character is Tancred, a young Norman marquis whose conscience bothers him. He witnesses a dying soldier kissing a cross and experiences nightmares of death, destruction and a priest who appear
Everyone has heard of the Crusades, but many people are not aware that there was more than one (I certainly wasn't.) This novel begins during the First Crusade and follows Tancred, a young man trying to escape from and atone for his past by engaging in a holy war. Through this novel, we follow Tancred on his journey through Italy to Constantinople and all of the dangers, perils, battles, and intrigue on the way. Tancred truly believes in the cause, however he soon finds it difficult to know who ...more
Sep 12, 2011 Patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book of the First Crusade we meet a young, impulsive Marquis by the name of Tancred. He is fighting with his uncle, Bohemund when he realizes that he is killing fellow Christians for mercenary reasons and this does not sit will with him. He impulsively leaves that battlefield and heads to Rome to see Pope Urban. There the Pope convinces him to "take the Cross" and head out to save Jerusalem from the infidel. Tancred returns to tell his Uncle of his decision only to find that Bohemund has ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having not read much about the Crusades in either a fiction or a nonfiction context, I wasn't completely sure what to expect from Road from the West. When I think of the Crusades, my brain conjures image of Richard I, Prince John, the Robin Hood legends and, most recently, Eleanor of Aquitane and her first husband, King Louis of France.

In Road from the West, the first book in the new Chronicles of Tancred series by Rosanne E. Lortz, readers are introduced to Tancred, an interesting and seemingl
Meg - A Bookish Affair
The Crusade was a Pope and Catholic sanctioned Christian takeover of Jerusalem. This book is the first in a trilogy that covers the first Crusade. Tancred, a young warrior, is told by Pope Urban if he fights in the Crusade, all of Tancred's sins will be absolved. Tancred really doesn't like playing by the rules but he wants to make his previous troubles go away.

I had never read any fictional books about the Crusade. I thought it was really interesting to see the Crusade from the perspective of t
Jan 17, 2012 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: Road From The West
Author: Rosanne E. Lortz
Pages: 349
Publication Date: 2011
Version: Paperback (received in a giveaway ARC at

My Review:
What to say about Road From The West; I will start with saying this was not a book that I sat down with and couldn’t wait to read on in. It wasn’t necessarily the book itself, it just turned out to not be the type of book I thought I would like. I am glad I read it for something different in my reading palate, but I had a hard time reading it
Sep 29, 2011 Star rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Crusades were militarized efforts to reclaim Jerusalem for the Christians, given support and credence by the Pope. However, while some men fervently believed in the cause, others were out of make the most of the battles for themselves. Tancred went to see the Pope and Pope Urban told him that his sins would be washed clean if he went on the Crusades. Mind you, Tancred had committed the sin of murder and yet the Holy Father was telling him it was okay to go out and kill more people - this tim ...more
Oct 13, 2011 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Middle Ages is by far my most favorite period in history, and I enjoy very much medieval historical fiction. So it was really a treat to be invited on this wonderful Virtual Book Tour.

Though I read a lot on later Crusades, I knew almost nothing on the first one, which is the setting of this new series, and especially of this first volume. I think the author did a fantastic job at retelling the historical setting and what happened with lots of accuracy – I read since a few things on this crus
Sep 08, 2011 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received a copy of and read Road from the West by Rosanne Lortz as part of a tour for Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tours.

Road from the West is good, solid historical fiction. It isn’t riddled with scandal or or breathtakingly unpredictable. It does, however, feature the sort of hero one can get behind: young and determined, with a moral compass to guide his actions and the smarts to find his way in the world. Its supporting characters are intriguing and individual, providing a colorful cont
It was ok. Different from the common Christian historical fiction- yet the character development left something to be desired. For that reason, I can't rate it above 3 stars. Without the character development, it was rather dry.
Feb 06, 2012 Shani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm not quite sure why I haven't finished this one. Must've gotten distracted.
Feb 25, 2012 Terry marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Rosanne E. Lortz ("Rose") loves the blend of history, fiction, romance, and mystery. She lives near Portland, Oregon with her husband, and four boys. When she's not writing, she teaches Latin and English composition and works as an editor at Madison Street Publishing.
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