Warriors and Monks
Pons - Abbot of Cluny
by Michael Ponzio, Anne Ponzio
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Pub Date 07 Nov 2020 | Archive Date 20 Sep 2022
Two decades after the First Crusade, the warriors and monks of early 12th Century Europe are preparing another crusade to the Levante. A Polish knight, an Irish monk, and a French abbot, meet and become comrades after they embark on the sea voyage with the Venetian fleet to the Holy Land.
The knight seeks glory in battle, the abbot sadly leaves the woman he loves to do his pilgrimage, and the monk seeks truth, but they all have joined the crusade and they all must fight.
Excerpts from Customer Reviews:
Warriors and Monks is a fast-paced novel full of endless adventure, forbidden romance, descriptive combat, and lovable characters. Chapters are well planned and often ending in a cliffhangers or twists that immersed me in the story.
I put down Ken Follet's "Edge of Eternity" to read Ponzio's newest volume "Warriors and Monks". Monasteries, pilgrimages, weapons, ships, battles, God, theology, geography, history and romance! It's all in there.
As the title suggests, the novel is bountiful with warrior and monk elements. The author intertwines passion and romance, action and suspense, military construction and strategy, and debates on theology, to create a well-rounded novel. I found myself laughing out loud multiple times. No spoiler alerts, but one of the characters really is a character!
I've read every book that Michael Ponzio has written in the ancestry novels series to date- Warriors and Monks was his best work to date. This book had more sex, more violence, and more general fiction and a little less history. . . exciting fights, romantic ventures, and unexpected twist just make a good fiction great, and Ponzio achieved that well in this book.