Here is the tale of Godfrey de Montferrat, a young Templar knight who swore an oath to defend the Kingdom of Jerusalem. It is also the tale of that kingdom, which men called Outremer—The Land Beyond the Sea. With the miraculous success of the First Crusade, all said that the heroic tales of old had come to life in that place. But by Godfrey’s day the kingdom is dying, chivalry fading, and foes pressing hard from every side. But Godfrey stands in contradiction to the prevailing corruption. Where others strive to become mighty warlords and kings, Godfrey desires only to become a hero—and a saint.
Around Godfrey swirl the loves, betrayals, adventures, and disasters of the kingdom’s waning years. From the desert wastes of Egypt, to the bustling streets of medieval Antioch, to the Holy City of Jerusalem itself, Nathan Sadasivan paints a vivid portrait of the Crusades strewn with unforgettable characters: Amalric, the ill-tempered King of Jerusalem; Malik, the proud young Saracen; Jacques, Godfrey’s childhood friend; Tristan, the single-minded swordmaster, and Andronicus, the enigmatic Byzantine prince, among many others. Recommended grade 7 through High School. Copyright 2009. Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Softcover / paperback. 283 pp.
Nathan Sadasivan, nineteen years old, began writing Crown of the World at age fifteen as a home schooled student.
I have read Crusader King and am half way through Crown of the World and am astounded how well both authors portray the same time period, yet in vastly different styles. Crusader King is a much quicker and lighter read, for slightly younger readers, while Crown of the World is at a more serious level, but I think the two compliment each other not badly. Both are full of excitement, battles, friendship, humor. And above all, despite their differences, they both hold the message that sanctity is the ultimate heroism. That's all we're really aiming for in the books we give our children, right? Well done, both authors. We need more books like these.