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The Falcons of Montabard

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  919 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
In the aftermath of tragedy and scandal, Sabin FitzSimon leaves England for the Holy Land in search of a new beginning. In the heat and dust of Northern Syria, he must either face himself, or be vanquished. Annais is a quiet, convent-raised young woman when she accompanies her father to their new life in the Holy Land. Her encounters with Sabin leave her bewildered, desiro ...more
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Published April 1st 2004 by Soundings (first published 2003)
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Mar 08, 2011 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Krista Baetiong Tungol
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whose life and exploits—as Elizabeth Chadwick professed—is woven from imagination as there have been no significant historical documents chronicling his life.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 He
** 4.5 stars **
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; 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; about the love of Sabin and Anais, the woman he was supposed stay clear of; and it's
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
Jan 28, 2009 Terri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 13, 2012 Elysium rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Mar 12, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 more 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 fo ...more
Apr 06, 2010 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 08, 2011 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 02, 2014 Susana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 31, 2014 Dorine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, historical
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
Feb 08, 2015 Nicky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was quite readable - nothing that took too much effort to enjoy. The Characters worked well. I couldn't help but feeling the history was interesting but I could have done with more depth & detail (A map would also have been useful for those of us not up on medieval geography). I thought the love story worked well but the bits that began to get steamy just kind of fizzled out making me wonder if there was really any need for them - if it's going to be about passion it should go the ...more
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
Jan 06, 2013 Marg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Only one more EC book left to read :sadface:
Feb 13, 2015 Emmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medieval
4* for the writing and history, 3* for the story
Sibylla Matilde
Dec 07, 2011 Sibylla Matilde rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-love-love
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
Jul 11, 2012 Nisareen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 10, 2011 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 18, 2015 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed it; nice to be out of Europe for a change in one of her novels, and the characters seemed less stereotyped than usual, although some of her standard plot devices remain -eg heroine eventually finding the love of her life (not to mention almost instantly fabulous sex) with the hero after trials and tribulations all round. Light reading to be sure, but she does historical detail well. No spoilers, but definitely one for the fans - three and a half out of five.
Sep 29, 2010 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 03, 2013 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jean Smith
May 24, 2016 Jean Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a true epic and would make an excellent film. The history was good and the characters believable. This book gives a great insight to the history of the time. The writer keeps good tension throughout the book. I'm sure if I were to read this book again, I would like it even more. It makes me want to know more about the history of the time. Well worth a read.
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
Apr 08, 2016 S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love Elizabeth Chadwick's historical fiction. She writes a great story, her descriptive portrayal of the countryside and customs of the day are outstanding and allow the reader to feel as if they are sitting in the middle of whatever is going on. Definitely recommend this book for a good, solid read.
Jul 06, 2010 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medieval-fict
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
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Best selling historical novelist Elizabeth Chadwick won a Betty Trask Award for her first novel The Wild Hunt. She has been shortlisted for the UK's mainstream Best Romantic Novel of the Year Award 4 times and longlisted twice. Her novel The Scarlet Lion about the great William Marshal and his wife Isabelle de Clare, has been selected by Richard Lee, founder of the Historical Novel Society as one ...more
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