Sword of Damascus, Reviewed by Thomas Fontanari

Würdige Fortsetzung der Aelric Romanserie. Obwohl der schurkische Kirchenmann Aelric mittlerweile ein Greis ist, strotzt das Buch vor Action, Intrigen und Erotik. Die interessante geschichtliche Hintergrundperiode wird ebenfalls gekonnt ausgeleuchtet. Besonders erfeulich an Richard Blakes Romanen ist, daß er der Verführung widersteht, die Vergangenheit aus unseren modernen Augen zu sehen und Figuren zu erfinden, die nichts als moderne Charaktere in altertümlicher Kleidung sind. So kommt wirklich frühmittelalterliches Feeling auf und der Leser wird nicht aus dem spannenden historischen Roman gerissen.

Translation:

Worthy continuation of the Aelric novel series. Although the roguish monk Aelric is now an old man, the book is full of action, intrigues and eroticism. The interesting historical background is likewise illuminated capably. Especially fascinating in Richard Blake's novels is that he resists the seduction to see the past from our modern eyes and to invent figures which are nothing but modern characters in fancy clothes. Thus really early-medieval feeling arises and the reader it is not torn from the sense of a tight historical novel.

Reviewed on the 22nd April 2015 by Thomas Fontanari

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