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The Talisman by Walter Scott
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Dec 01, 11

bookshelves: historical-fiction-medieval
Read from November 15 to December 01, 2011

The Talisman is a first-rate adventure novel by Sir Walter Scott, though not quite on par with his more famous Ivanhoe. The events center on the end of the Third Crusade, and the historical figures of the Crusaders are rendered wonderfully. As in many accounts from the medieval time onward, Saladin’s character is romanticized to a great degree, but the story wouldn’t work otherwise. One aspect of the ending, which is will not name in order to avoid spoilers, fell a bit flat with me, but overall I enjoyed the book very much and would recommend it to anyone interested in the time period of the Crusades.

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10.0% "The conversation between the Christian and Muslim in chapter two is not only a fair representation, but also a vivid dramatic comparison of the two worldviews."
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