Hello Jack, big fan of the Saladin trilogy. Question do you know when there is a dutch translation of Holy War on the market? Thanks
Jack, your work is amazing. From Siege to Holy War, your historical fiction books have never failed to grip me. I have now reached Part 2 of Holy War and I can't wait to find out how the 'Lionheart's' presence in the Holy Land will affect the tale. Jack, you are an inspiration to me as a young historian and enthusiast of history; you have fired up an interest now in the Crusades. Be assured, as soon as you publish your next book (and there will be many, many to come I am sure) I will be the first to buy! I am very curious to see what your next books will be! Your No.1 Fan, Matteo!
Just finished Holy War. All 3 books were strong and gripping. At no point did any book drag. Just the right balance of fighting and intrigue. Have recommended them to others and I am looking forward to future books that you write. With regards to questioning absolute accuracy, I am with the author on this. These books, and others of their type, are works of fiction. To make the books flow events have to occasionally be tweaked. The books serve to entertain and then by hooking readers in it then encourages people to learn more about what happened through factual sources. I have done this after reading many books of historical fiction.
Hi Jack reading your first book now enjoying it Salidin has always been my Hero in History love the way you show both sides of that area lookin gforward to reads the other two Thank you bats
Hello Jack. I used to read a lot of books, but was a bit in a reading dip lately. By accident I stumbled on part 2 of the Saladin trilogy in my local library. The cover of book raised my interest and some time later I got my hands on the first book. In just a few days I've read already half of the book, and I'm totally hooked. I'm so glad this is a trilogy and not just one book. My interest in Saladin was first raised by the film Kingdom of Heaven and am looking forward finding out more about this remarkable historic figure. Thanks a lot for being such an awesome writer!
Thanks to everybody who has taken the time to write in my guestbook. I had great fun writing the Saladin Trilogy. I'm so glad people are enjoying it! As for Siege… We know so little of what happened in the past Ugur. What we do know comes from a precious few documents, written by people who had far fewer sources of information than we had today. Yes, Mehmed earned the name Fatih by conquering Constantinople. My book does nothing to dispute that. But could a proud young man have paid a crowd to call him Fatih after his first victory? Why not? You actually skipped over a greater historical discrepancy — one that I cover in my historical note. It was almost surely Mehmed's father who led the Ottoman forces at Kossovo, but I wanted to avoid a lot of backstory and introduce Mehmed and Longo quickly at the same time. So, yes, I made a change. It is historical fiction, after all.
I started to read the italian translation of Siege. What a mess. Any author who claims to be historian should stick at least with basic historical logic. Mehmet got the name Fatih after the conquest of Istanbul. How can the crowd call him Fatih 5 years in advance? Not going in the prejudice the book has, every single page ruins history in a way.
Hi Jack, I have just finished Holy War and as I did on the last two I read it in three days yet again. As with the last books I couldn't put them down. Absolutely brilliant. The Crusades and Templar Knights are subjects I find very interesting and have read many books on the subject. The Saladin Trilogy are by far the best and made three days and nights fly by as I read two whilst in Afghanistan. Many thanks. Jim
Hi Jack, just wanted to congratulate you on the Saladin trilogy. I am nearly finished Holy War and have really enjoyed the series. Thanks for many hours of great enjoyment. Great writing and thoroughly immersed in the time period. Regards Bruce
I have just read Eagle, it was really magical. It brought the who period to life. I will read further about this time and when the area calms down go and travel to see the real places mentioned in your novel. I can't wait to real the whole trilogy.All the best with future works.
Dear Mr. Hight, I would like to give a huge compliment. I read "Eagle" and it's really history coming to real. It's a jewel for my library! Thanks of a new fan
I'm an italian reader and fan of your books; they are well written and historically accurate for me. I've just read the Italian version of your first book titled IL SIGNORE DELLE CROCIATE (Saladin as a young warrior and his friend, former slave, John). I appreciate it a lot. Do you think we can expect further Italian version of the continuation of Saladin story ? It's a trilogy , isn't it ? Thank you a lot for your attention and best regards from Roberto
Jack, I feel privileged to have been able to read not only Siege, but now to have completed all three books in the Saladin Trilogy. You have managed to craft an exceptional piece of reading, with sympathetic characters set in a brutal time. I was quite sad as I came to the final pages of Holy War, but in a few months times I shall return to Eagle and work my way through the fantastic story once more. If you ever come to the UK to do book signings please let me know! All the Best
I have finished EAGLE and hald way thru KINGDOM… just want to say I love the way you build up the characters in the story, and in the end explain the facts from fiction. I just wished woman were "easy-going" TODAY as you have portrayed them to be in the tales 🙂 cheers
Dear Jack, I enjoyed your book Eagle very much. Your characters are really coming alive and it's very difficult to lay your book aside. Normally I find it hard to read a book because I always read it with authors/ editors eye's and that is why not many books really move me. Mostly I get bored after reading 10 pages. Yours however moved me from the start. Amazing. I even put my own manuscript, I am working on, aside. You are also very well reflecting my own opinion about differences in culture and religion. I am looking forward to read Kingdom.
I have just discovered you in my local library and really enjoying your books. Also thrilled to see you enjoyed "Breaker Morant" a timeless Aussie classic.
have read and loved all your books,beautifully written,the characters and history came to life for me. i found them all totally page turning and felt their loss when i'd finnished themi'm desperatly waiting for "holy war" to be released. thank you Jack.x
Great writing mr.Hight. I am looking forward to the last book in the series.
Alex, you are absolutely right! The Feast of the Liberation is on July 15… which is when this scene originally took place. In the editing process, scenes often get moved around. I moved this one, but neglected to substitute the Easter feast (19 April in that year) for the Feast of Liberation. Good catch!
Dear Mr Hight (just saying "Hi Jack" is just too informal for me). At the moment I'm engrossed in "Kingdom". In chapter 3 you have Tiv saying "In four days it will be the feast of liberation …". Chapter 3 is situated in Jerusalem, starting in April 1164. But: the capture of Jerusalem in 1099 took place on July 15, not in April, unless you refer to some other "liberation". Please enlighten me …