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* From England to Jerusalem and the Holy Land in the 12th century, the story of a wild youth and a quiet young woman...
Paperback, 473 pages
Published 2007 by Sphere (first published 2003)
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Kimberly B.
Mar 08, 2011 Kimberly B. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kimberly by: Allison
This was my first Elizabeth Chadwick novel and all I can say is, wow! I wish I had discovered her books sooner. Where the heck have I been?!

Falcons is an amazing story full of adventure, love, and a few laughs. The characters are all wonderfully drawn, especially Sabin, Annais, and Strongfist...although 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 t
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Terri
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 ...more
Misfit
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
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Elysium
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 Strong
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Jewel
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 t
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Misfit
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
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Lauren
I really enjoyed Falcons of Montalbard. It opens with a hedonistic young knight, Sabin, caught in a compromising position with a favored mistress of King Henry I of England on the eve of the departure of the White Ship. What appears at first to be misfortunte saves Sabin's life. Sabin's dissolute lifestyle leads his family to send him to Outremer (modern Israel) on Crusade to redeem himself and to avoid further embarassment at home. Sabin travels to Outremer with the beautiful, convent-raised An ...more
Barb
This is the third novel I've read by Elizabeth Chadwick. I recently read 'The Champion' and awhile ago read 'The Greatest Knight'.

This story starts out a bit on the slow side. I was ready to give it up at a hundred pages but thought perhaps I should give it one last try. I did and found the story had taken an interesting turn with a rivalry between two characters that added tension to the story. Unfortunately the tension didn't last.

Sadly these characters seemed flat and stereotypical and the s
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Jen
I was shelf-browsing in the library when I came across Elizabeth Chadwick, a best-selling historical fiction writer. I picked this one because it had won an award. I admit that the Crusades are not really my favorite time period, though I love historical fiction. She had obviously done her research with regards to the details along the way. I was also interested to read in the afterword that many of the incidents in the book were based on actual events. However, I found it difficult to adjust to ...more
Gaile
Forced to flee England, Sabin Fitzsimon offers his sword and services to Sir Edmund Strongfist who is headed to the Holy Land with his train and young daughter Annais. The story is full of adventure, some good, some not so good such as being held for ransom. We get a glimpse into the Saracen way of life and meet Saracen characters one of whom is a good guy. If you do not like battle, killings, blood and core, this is probably not the book for you. In this time, a man has to keep his sword and da ...more
Susana
This is an enthralling story. We follow Sabin, the bastard son of Simon the Senlis of whom we learned about in The Winter Mantle. As Sabin reaches the Holy Land in his father name, he also seeks to change his life which by now, in his mid twenties has been full of craziness, rebellion and lust. His path converge with Anais the daughter of lord Edward Strongfist, who's taken care of Sabin at the request of his father's widow and her new husband. In his quest Sabin finds much more than he was seek ...more
Dorine
Review Revisited -- I'm adding reviews for some of my favorite books over the years, courtesy of Romance Junkies. This review will also be reposted at the TBR Mountain Range, along with more reviews and my photographs to go with them. THE FALCONS OF MONTABARD has been on my keeper shelf since 2004.

Sabin FitzSimon is a man of many talents - a lover, warrior and one who finds trouble wherever he travels. But this time he's gone too far for his family to overlook his misdeeds!

It all started when Sa
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Kathleen Callos
I wasn't knocked over by the plot in this book even a little. Although the characters were developed better than the events that they were subject to, and at times the story was engaging, it was very - very - light reading. In the end, I didn't end, as in...I didn't finish the last fifteen or so pages (sheepish grin here)

I'm trying another of her books basically because I'm always on the prowl for a good/great historical fiction author and Elizabeth Chadwick has chalked up some impressive review
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Marg
4.5/5


Only one more EC book left to read :sadface:
Sibylla Matilde
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!!
Nikki
I have to say that I was ambivalent regarding this book the entire time reading it. I had heard good things about the author and this particular book so I was hopeful. However, in the end the book just did not interest me enough. The first part of the book was promising, however, the middle and end did not live up to that promise. The last few chapters of the book were especially disappointing for me, as was the overall ending. I felt no connection to the characters and overall they were rather ...more
Nisareen
Jul 11, 2012 Nisareen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Nisareen by: Deborah O'Regan
The Falcons of Montabard is not one of Chadwick's best but contains enough twists and turns to keep the reader interested. The book begins on the eve of the sinking of the White Ship in which King Henry's son lost his life with countless others. Sabine FitzSimon was supposed to be on that ship but is caught dallying with King Henry's mistress and is beaten and imprisoned as a result. When news of the disaster spreads, Sabine feels responsible for the tragedy and in an effort to redeem himself, a ...more
Natalie
Sabin FitzSimon is a reckless young man with a dangerous reputation with women. When his shenanigans get him beaten and the woman he was with killed, he is full of guilt. He goes to a tavern to drown his sorrows and a man ends up dead in a tavern brawl. His mother and stepfather decide that this is his last chance and they send him with Edmund Strongfist, an honorable knight, to the Holy Lands. Sabin is warned in no uncertain terms that he is to stay away from Edmund's lovely young daughter, but ...more
Kristen
Another terrific novel by Chadwick! This is set in the medieval Middle East. I really liked how Sabin was a real person based on one obscure reference and nothing more. I think he wouldn't mind that she gave him his own story.

I also always enjoy the tidbits of information about horses in her books. I like reading about them because they were so important to the knights and their way of life, but I think Chadwick must really love them because she almost always has something special to say about
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Kathy
This is another of Elizabeth Chadwick's romance/adventures, and if you enjoy this kind of story, you'll love this book. In a way, it could be said that this is a very loose sequel to "The Winter Mantel," in that the main male character, Sabin, is the illegitimate son of Simon de Senlis, who was a major player in TWM, but that's about all this one has in common with the earlier book. This book is definitely a stand alone work, and as there is almost nothing known about de Senlis's bastard son, th ...more
laninaki
One of my favorite things about Elizabeth Chadwick novels is that I always learn something from them. In this instance, I caught a glimpse of what life was like in Frank-controlled Jerusalem. I had no idea there was a Frankish King of Jerusalem. I just figured that men went on Crusade for honor, religion, gold, etc. and then returned to Europe. I didn't realize that they settled in Jerusalem.

I listened to this via Audible. The narrator, Christopher Scott, is fantastic. He slips easily into all
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Lori
I love Elizabeth Chadwick's medieval stories. She has a gift for transporting her readers to a specific time and place and her characters are so vividly drawn they become a part of the reader's life. This story is mainly set in Outreamer (Middle East -- Israel) during the time of Henry I's reign in England. I loved Sabin Fitz Simon's story and the plot was intriguing, especially once you realize that most of the events in the story actually occurred. My only complaint is I felt the story ended a ...more
Lonna Cunningham
Sufficiently engaging to have listened (audible) to this book twice ... The characters were fairly realistic, the scenery and setting exotic and intriguing, and things unfolded somewhat predictably but without being boring.
For something to listen to while getting things done around the house, it is ideal.
Sassapphras
The first 2/3 of the book started out nicely. Lots of different things going on--new things to learn. Towards the last 1/3, though, the story just got boring. It seemed to focus more on waiting, waiting to go to battle, and going to battle. Even the ending was not something spectacular. The love story itself is also not very exciting. Actually, the only reason I knew that the characters truly loved each other is because I was told a few times, and because I knew they were suppose to be from read ...more
Helena Schrader
While well researched and populated with believable characters, this book failed to completely engage me. I admit, I was put off by the explicit sex, particularly in the very opening scene, which seemed like a cheap hook to get readers sucked in, and I also stumbled over and found Chadwick's eclectic use of English (particularly adjectives) irritating at times. Unfortunately, I found the story too predictable as well. The biggest surprises were provided by historical fact (as revealed in the his ...more
Milou
2.5
Intrigued by the historical fiction of events which I have very little knowledge. It spurred me to look up some of the history - always a plus for me when reading historical fiction. The characters had potential - but never fully met for me. Changes in their behavior seemed glossed over (Sabin being the exception - see more of his inner self). And by the end I felt like I cared less about the obvious happy ending (which also felt like a pitstop on the way to the next book of a trilogy). The s
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Carmen
Set during the European occupation of the Holy Land, this book illustrates the difference in cultures an he differences in how people ived with agood story
Dark-Draco
This is the first book I have read by this author and I have become a firm fan.

This is the story of Sabin FitzSimon, the disgraced son of an Earl who is given a last chance to prove his honour by accompanying Edmund Strongfist to the Holy Land. With them goes Edmund's daughter, Annais, and when Sabin is warned to keep away, he has no problem keeping his promise. But as war breaks out and friends start to die, the two become closer.

This was a great story - action and bloodshed in plenty, but a re
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Margareth8537
Interesting as it discusses the Crusades from the viewpoint of those who stayrd
Heather
Another great story - yet something was a little off for me. Perhaps it was the fact that most of the story was set in the holy land of the first quarter of the twelfth century. While you are hoping that all your heroes and their children survive, you can't help but think, "get out now while you still can! It's a lost cause! Please, go back to where you came from and stop the crusading foolishness!" And while it ends "happily", you think, "sure, for now..." I did enjoy the characters of this nov ...more
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