The beautiful and spirited German knight, Lanz von Malberg, dreams of one thing: to integrate military and religious order of Teutonic Knights. During the summer of 1338, he left Mainz and take the first ship bound for Estonia. There terrible trials ahead, but do not like Lanz less fierce this country which neither evangelism nor force of arms have not been able to suppress the pagan soul irreducibly. Dealing with spells that emanate from these mysterious regions, the young man will quickly confront the remnants of another age. Under the aegis of the beautiful and sensual Yrmeline then begin for him a challenging journey of initiation he will not escape unscathed, as he conceives love for it devours. Where does she Yrmeline its frightening powers? What a strange and dangerous secret society has managed to infiltrate the ranks of the Teutonic Order? In attempting to demystify the dreaded chief of Black Temple, Lanz discover the remains of a lost civilization incredible and amazing message conveyed by the clay tablets of ancient Mesopotamia. Unknowingly, the hero of this extraordinary adventure could unleash immeasurable strength of our distant past. Fortunately, the brave lord can count on help from Petras, a clever little boy and that of an old Breton scholar whose knowledge is at least surprising, too! Through his tribulations, Lanz eventually discover the most amazing secret of all time ... Original and remarkably well documented, this first volume of rare strength will keep the reader in suspense until the end.
10 February 20100
22 € 80
I left this novel under the spell. On several occasions, I was so engrossed that I forgot the world around me!
The characters are beautifully portrayed, to the extent that is expected to have any time to see out of the pages and come to life!
When the story .... original, exciting, one can only cry, smile or shudder with Lanz and Yrmeline, is to soften the small Petras, is to scare the mysterious sect members of Black Temple.
The writing is fluid and rhythmic writing could write like one of his characters author. A real dive in the past!
It also feels a real work of the author, as we learn about the history and theology in this book. Sometimes I was afraid that this novel turns a little documentary, but ultimately the story quickly takes its spring and this novel head full of questions, as well as new learning.
One caveat, however: the references at the end of book. It would be more practical to put the bottom of the page. For my part, after three or four references, I abandoned and continued my reading without referring to the lexicon. Despite this, the story remains largely understandable!
Another reader made a comparison which I intended to speak here: Mireille Calmel.
Indeed, if this novel is reminiscent of the great books of this great writer, we are in a less romantic scholar book.
So I would advise this book to those of you who swear by this author.
The Calmels are much more "romanticized" worked less in the literature on the centuries where are his stories. Here, this book, although fictionalized, could be used to support a history lesson smoothly, and I came away from my reading with the impression of having learned a lot.
So I want to thank the Reading Club and especially Bleuette Diot for allowing me to discover this book, which I plan on getting a result as soon as possible!
And a huge thank you to Bleuette Diot for his kindness and dedication friendly. I actually took great pleasure in discovering Yrmeline and its history, probably as much as you wrote it, I assure you!