Before I get in trouble and start receiving notes pointing out my error, let me start by saying I realize Behold the Dawn is actually a historical novel as opposed to a fantasy. But it has knights, jousting, sword fights and an evil bishop–all of which are elements that can appear in a good medieval fantasy, so bear with me, ok?
I truly enjoyed reading Behold the Dawn. In Marcus Annan, Ms. Weiland has built a believably human hero, replete with flaws and issues that make him a truly conflicted character. His indentured servant, Peregrine Marek, is delightfully feisty and the mysterious monk who appears in the first scene brings a sense of mystery and dread with him from the beginning of the book.
But one thing I particularly enjoyed about the book is the deep spiritual message I found in its pages. Redemption, undeserved love and loyalty are all well-built themes you will find in the pages of Behold the Dawn. Throw in a bit of romance and the stage is set for an enjoyable read that will leave you smiling.
Here’s the official blurb, followed by a great book trailer:
Marcus Annan, a tourneyer famed for his prowess on the battlefield, thought he could keep the secrets of his past buried forever. But when a mysterious crippled monk demands Annan help him find justice for the transgressions of sixteen years ago, Annan is forced to leave the tourneys and join the Third Crusade.
Wounded in battle and hunted by enemies on every side, he rescues an English noblewoman from an infidel prison camp and flees to Constantinople. But, try as he might, he cannot elude the past. Amidst the pain and grief of a war he doesn’t even believe in, he is forced at last to face long-hidden secrets and sins and to bare his soul to the mercy of a God he thought he had abandoned years ago.
For more information from Amazon, click on the image of the book cover above. You can find the author at http://kmweiland.com