The Brethren

This is one of my favorite books:

Set in the days of the Crusaders, this book tells of a young maiden named Rosamund, and her twin cousins. Godwin is the grey eyed thoughtful man, and Wulf is the blue eyed warrior. They are both knights of England and they are both in love with their fair cousin. But the riddle of the story is which does Rosamund love?

The adventure begins when Rosamund is taken from England and carried to the East. The plot thickens as the two young knights follow her in hopes of rescuing her from the Muslim leader, Saladin. As the Cross and the Crescent face each other at the Battle of Hattin, the story of Rosamund is unfolded and the riddle is solved.

With dangerous lions, a moon light duel on a bridge, and beautiful Arabian horses, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

I read this book four or five years ago and shortly after I finished it, I read it aloud to my family it was that exciting. Because of a few young and sensitive ears in the room (11, 9 and 7 year old siblings), I skipped a few parts that were a too intense for them, re-telling and describing in my own words what happens during those sections. Everyone loved the book and always looked forward to the next evening for read aloud time.

Just the other day I finished recording this book for LibriVox. If you’re interested in listening to it, you’ll find it here.

If you’re interested in viewing the other books I’ve recorded for LibriVox, go to my “Recording” page or visit my LibriVox catalog page.

Happy Listening!

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4 Responses to The Brethren

  1. Mommy Rasmussen says:

    Hi Abbey, nice review of the book The Brethren

  2. Maryann Oda says:

    Hi Abbey,
    Thanks for the review. What age do you think is appropriate for this title?\

    Maryann Oda

    • Abbey says:

      For a child to read on her own, probably around 12 or 13. Some of the points of caution are: It talks about the Muslim faith some, a bad “Lord of the Mountain” man sends his servants jumping into an abyss at his whim and fancy, the father of the main girl character is killed in a sword fight at the beginning and it can be a bit distressing, etc. I don’t see it as being any more violent or intense than The Lord of the Rings. Meredith would probably enjoy it.

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