The Religion (Tannhauser Trilogy #1)
More lists with this book...
Malta, 1565. The Turks have laid siege to Malta, slowly but steadily conquering the island from Christian control. A noblewoman mourns for the bastard son of a priest she abandoned at youth, who she knows to be trapped on Malta. Enter Mattias Tannhauser, a former jannisary who now makes his own way in the world as a merchant of alternative routes, if you catch my drift. The Lady Carla makes a deal with T...more
Has a big dose of swashbuckler. When the swashbuckler’s in the cockpit this isn’t ‘real-feel’ historical, because Mattias Tannhauser has been everywhere, can do everything. I was comfortable with that, I’ve swashbuckled of old, the secret is don’t try too hard to believe.
It’s more realistic when it comes to the war, and most of the book is war...more
The book relates the true tale of how the island of Malta (the stronghold of the Christian Knights who call themselves "The Religion") was besieged by the Ottoman hordes. The fictitious tale that runs parallel with this battle is about a man, Mat...more
I'm not putting much here regarding the subject or plot other than the Knights I've mentioned. But if you like stories about Knights Templar A...more
C’est mirifique, épique, grandiose, sanglant, cruel, dégueulasse, violent, puant, chatoyant, apocalyptique, véhément, échevelé, passionné, trépidant, viril, sensuel, sexuel, animal, tendre, sauvage, poétique, tumultueux, puissant, cinématographique, hypnotisant, envoûtant, obsédant, émouvant.
[Tannhauser compliments Carla]
Carla felt her cheeks burn. She felt inadequate to the compliment and to acknowledge it seemed improper. A sense of sin clenched inside her. Such fears and doubts had hedged her life for as long as she could remember. Yet in the...more
As is always the case for me, the heart of the appeal of the story lies with the characters, and I enjoyed spending time with all the protagonists. Equally importantly, the primary villain was compelling: both frightening and just a bit tragic. The conflicting cultures of Christian Knights of St. John ("the Hospitallers") and the armies of Islam were bot...more
Here's an excerpt from the review at The Uncustomary Book Review:
"The putrid smell emanating from within the bowels of the train’s bathroom stall just a few feet away from me is a fitting accompaniment to the vile imagery I’m exposing myself to on this Tuesday-morning commute. What mind-space did the author have to be in to write such grotesque scenes? I don’t want to know, but t...more
Tim Willocks has thoroughly researched his material thus drawing the reader into his story to the extent that one feels as though actually present within the pages. I found myself visualising the hero - Mattias Tannhauser - and was with him during the epic siege of Malta. And when he was with his lover I felt an intruder during their intimate moments. But I found I was too drawn to the delicateness...more
The story is pretty well...more
Historical fiction has a tough challenge: weave a narrative into history that has already been written. You can't flirt with changing history, because your audience will know what must happen.
Tim Willocks takes a slice of history that is outside of the modern zeitgeist - the siege of Malta in 1565. This allows him to be a guide to the dramatic ebb and flow of the battle. Good historical novels educate as well as entertain.
Willocks in unflinching in his descriptions of th...more
The parallels to Mel Gibson movies carry out the whole way through. Ridiculous amounts of violence, lusty swiving, stupid stereo...more
The first time I was so excited to read a great book about the conflict between Christians and Muslims that I flew through it in a couple of days.
The second time I read it really slow and was just captivated by the detail and information. Took me quite awhile to finish as I reread a lot of the descriptions more than once.
I am TRULY sorry for the people that did not like this book........
Hopefully the next one in the Trilogy will be out soon.
The story takes place in the middle ages wars between Christians and Muslims and The Inquisition. The main character of the book experiences both being Christian and Muslim and fights both sides at...more
The first in a projected trilogy, The Religion stirred excitement in some critics and distaste in others. Tim Willocks writes with visual detail (he's a screenwriter), but he also appeals to the other senses, creating what the Chicago Sun-Times described as "a thick stew of smells, colors, and sounds." Some reviewers, however, criticized florid writing, shallow characters, and a clich_
"On the night the scarlet horseman took him away - from all he knew and all he might have known - the moon waxed full in Scorpio, sign of his birth, and as if by the hand of God its incandescence split the alpine valley sheer into that which was dark and that which was light, and the light lit the path of devils to his door. If the dogs...more
I liked the inter-play between the various religious positions - there was no shyi...more