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Der Thron der Welt (2012)

von Robert Lyndon

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11. Jahrhundert: Der türkischen Sultan verlangt für die Freilassung des Sohnes eines normannischen Ritters 4 überaus seltene und kostbare weisse Gerfalken. Der Gelehrte Hero macht sich mit dem fränkischen Krieger Vallon auf die Suche nach den Vögeln und erlebt eine schicksalhafte Odyssee
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A once in a lifetime read ( )
  abbas0786 | May 28, 2020 |
A great romp through Norman Europe where we follow our heros on a quest to find white hawks in Iceland and deliver them to Turkey to pay a ransom for the release of an English prince. However, the fact that the ransom can be paid in this way is never explained properly and is only seemingly mentioned as an aside when it obvious the family cannot stump up enough cash. Apart from this the novel is exciting and excellently written. Look forward to reading more by this author. ( )
  mick745 | Apr 8, 2020 |
A once in a lifetime read ( )
  abbas07 | Jan 26, 2020 |
This is without doubt a big, glorious, involving book. One you can get totally lost in.

It's a rich, twisting, and thoroughly absorbing tale. One that travels through Spain, France, England, Iceland, Greenland, Norway, Finland (I think), what is now Russia and all the way down the rivers and rapids to Constantinople. Whilst the cover says it is a novel of the Norman Conquests, it isn't - as such. I'd say it is fundamentally a journey through the world as known by later period Vikings.

Personally, had I been the author, I'd have argued against (presumably) the Marketing Department's suggestion of putting 'An epic novel of the Norman Conquests' on the front cover. Yes, there are Normans in it - and they are of course bad - and it takes place in the period shortly after the conquest of England, but if you're looking for a 'Sworn Sword' or another 'Hereward', you'll be better looking elsewhere. It is at least an epic, that bit's spot on.

It just goes to show how hard it is to pin down what this multi-faceted book actually is. On the face of it, it's a reasonably simple tale. An Arabic leader demands a ransom for a Norman knight he holds. Money, lots of it, or four rare, snow-white hunting hawks. From the title of the book, you can perhaps guess which option they decide upon.

A motley band of adventurers come together through accident and circumstance and proceed try to to carry out the quest of the title and the book is their adventures along the way. Vallon is a Frankish knight on his way back from being held captive by the Moors in Spain, when he runs into Hero, a young Sicilian scholar travelling with his master and teacher. The old Arab is dying, but has the details of the ransom wanted for a captured Norman knight out in the Middle East. The journey goes to England, where they meet up with a wild kind of woodland-dwelling outcast boy, called Wayland. Handily, he is an expert when it comes to handling Hawks. They are effectively chased out of England and travel to Iceland, then Greenland after the Hawks they need. They collect other adventurers on the way and are pursued by all manner of Normans, Icelanders and on the 'return' journey through Norway and Russia, by Vikings and marauding Steppe nomads.

Whilst Vallon is the leader of the group, the most interesting character, perhaps not surprisingly given the author's background, is young Wayland. The author is a falconer and Wayland is the character in the book who hunts, captures and cares for the hawks of the book's title. Passages describing him, and his adventures in the countryside - both fighting, protecting his comrades and capturing the Hawks - are superb. Robert Lyndon really brings the wildlife, forests and countryside of 11th Century Europe vividly to life. You can almost smell it!

There's a little and a lot of everything here (well over 600 pages in the hardback version I have, so lord only knows how many it'll have when it comes out in paperback). But whilst it is a long story, it's one that is constantly moving, action-packed and manages to stay focused the whole way through.

So while it is a quest and it is set in the (in England anyway) Norman period, it isn't a novel of the Norman conquests. Vikings are in it, but it isn't a Viking novel. It's a quest, a long involved one at that, but it isn't 'Lord of the Rings'. Maybe it's just written for the love of it. Yes, that must be it. Stop trying to sort out what it is or isn't, Steve. Stop over analysing and enjoy - is what I told myself about a third of the way in. And enjoy it I did, very much indeed. ( )
2 abstimmen Speesh | Mar 29, 2014 |
An epic journey starting in France to England and on to Iceland and Greenland then a hard journey across the top of Norway to Russia, Kiev and thence down to the Black Sea and to Anatolia. All in search of the famous white Falcon or gyrfalcon and the transport of 8 of them to the Emir of Anatolia as ransom for a knight.

Well written, filled with believable adventures and hardship as well as an excellent look at falconry as practiced in those times. Moral dilemmas abound. I look forward to the next, entitled "Imperial Fire." ( )
  WhitmelB | Mar 11, 2014 |
The rest of the tale is an adventure-filled novel full of rich historical detail that includes an unscrupulous stepbrother who doesn’t want Sir Walter ransomed in pursuit. Hawk Quest will delight fans of historical fiction—it certainly ranks with the work of Bernard Cornwell, to whom the most apt comparison might be made—and I can think of a falconer or two who might be intrigued as well.
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Robert LyndonHauptautoralle Ausgabenberechnet
Epica PrimaUmschlagillustrationCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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Hunger will devour one, storm wreck another.

The spear will slay one, and another will perish in battle...

One will fall wingless from the high tree in the forest...

One must walk alone in foreign places, tread unknown roads among strangers...

One will swing from the crooked gallows, hang in death...

One at the mead-bench will be shorn of his life by the sword's edge...

To one, good fortune; to one a dole of suffering.

To one, joyful youth; to one, glory in combat, mastery in war-play.

To one, skill at throwing or shooting; to one, luck at dice...

One will amuse a gathering in the hall, gladden the drinkers at the mead-bench...

One will tame the wild bird, the proud hawk on his fist, until the falcon grows gentle.

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