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May 1565. Suleiman the wonderful, emperor of the Ottomans, has declared a jihad opposed to the Knights of Saint John the Baptist. the biggest armada of all time techniques the knights' Christian stronghold at the island of Malta. The Turks understand the knights because the "Hounds of Hell." The knights name themselves "The Religion."
In Messina, Sicily, a French countess, Carla l. a. Penautier, seeks passage to Malta in a quest to discover the son taken from her at his beginning twelve years in the past. the one guy with the services and bold to assist her is a Rabelaisian soldier of fortune, palms broker, former janissary, and strapping Saxon adventurer via the identify of Mattias Tannhauser. He consents to accompany the woman to Malta, the place, amid the main surprising siege in army historical past, they have to try and locate the boy--whose identify they don't know and whose face they've got by no means seen--and pluck him from the jaws of Holy War.
The faith is the 1st publication of the Tannhauser Trilogy, and from the 1st web page of this epic account of the final nice medieval clash among East and West, it really is transparent we're within the arms of a grasp. now not because James Clavell has a novelist so powerfully and elegantly plunged readers headlong into one other global and time. Anne Rice reworked the vampire novel. Stephen King reinvented horror. Now, in a marvelous story of heroism, tragedy, and fervour, Tim Willocks revivifies ancient fiction.