The Book of the Lion

Finalist, National Book Awards 2000 for Young People's Literature

Michael Cadnum – The Book of the Lion book cover
ISBN 9780670883868
Viking Juvenile
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Michael Cadnum

Michael Cadnum is the author of thirty-six books, including the National Book Award Finalist The Book of the Lion.  Several of Cadnum's books have been released as audio books by Audible, and Open Road has published e-book editions of many of his classic thrillers. More about this author >

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Returning to the same era of his “In a Dark Wood”, Cadnum’s majestic novel–part mystery, part history–chronicles the pageantry and brutality of the Crusades under King Richard.

Edmund, a young apprentice, is awaiting punishment as a counterfeiter when a knight intervenes on his behalf–and compels Edmund to join Richard Lionheart’s forces in the Holy Land. There, amidst the savagery of the twelfth-century Crusades, Edmund learns both courage and compassion, and discovers that cruelty is sometimes considered the will of Heaven. Set in medieval England and the war-torn shores of the Middle East, Cadnum’s tale weaves together a rich tapestry of storms at sea, the brutality of hand-to-hand combat, and one of the classic horse and lance battles in recorded history–the Battle of Arsuf.