While Saladin ruthlessly sets about uniting the whole of Arabia under his rule, the Kingdom of Jerusalem is torn apart by treachery and intrigue. When the murderous knight Reynald of Chatillon raids a caravan heading from Damascus to Mecca and rapes Saladin's sister, the scene is set for war. In June , Saladin marches into the Kingdom with an army of over 24, and in reprisal imposes a crushing defeat on the Crusader forces at the Horns of Hattin. It is only a matter of time before he marches on a panicked and demoralized citadel of Jerusalem.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Eagle by Jack Hight. Eagle Saladin 1 by Jack Hight. Salah ad-Din, or Saladin as he is known to the Franks, was a Kurd, the son of a despised people, and yet he became Sultan of Egypt and Syria.
He united the peoples of Allah, recaptured Jerusalem, and drove the Crusaders to the very edge of the sea. He battled, and in the end tamed King Richard of England, who was called the Lionhearted and well deserved his savage name.
The trilogy tells the story of the Second and Third Crusades through eyes of Saladin — who grows from a bookish, shy child into the great leader who retakes Jerusalem from the Crusaders — and John, a Crusader who comes to the Holy Land seeking redemption from the secrets of his past.
In time, they end up on opposite sides of the conflict. As secretary to first the King of Jerusalem and then Richard the Lion Hearted, John becomes embroiled in the conspiracies and treachery of the court of Jerusalem. Saladin, on the other hand, conquers Egypt alongside his uncle, and then unites all of Arabia to retake Jerusalem and defend it from King Richard. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published March 1st by John Murray Publishers first published More Details Original Title.
Other Editions 7. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Eagle , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Eagle Saladin, 1. Sep 25, Stuart rated it really liked it Shelves: history-ad , the-crusades. This is the first of Jack Hight's 'Saladin's Trilogy' it's rather a good read.
Welcome to the Second Crusade. The first one went fairly well, thanks for asking. So, the story begins with John, a Saxon from England who was forced to flee and take the crusade. The real story is about a young Kurd named Yusuf ibn Ayub, who in time becomes known AD, welcome to the Holy Land, or hell for some. The real story is about a young Kurd named Yusuf ibn Ayub, who in time becomes known as Saladin, translated as "Eagle".
Somehow I won't spoil the how John and Yusuf eventually become friends. Unfortunately for John, being a Frankish-son-of-a-pig not my words! He finds himself besotted with Yusuf's sister Zimaet - unable to speak Arabic, John makes a deal with Yusuf, that he will train him to fight if he'll teach him to speak Arabic.
What puts a spanner in the works is Turan, Yusuf's older brother. Unlike him, Turan is a warrior, and is more of a do first, think later type of character. The brothers hate each other, and what begins as a really typical story of squabbling sibling turns into a really good spin. For me, it really helped bring the brothers characters to the fore. The supporting characters that Jack Hight introduces really gel well with the story as a whole handy that considering. Reynald is a conniving bugger, who I think is brilliant in the context of the story.
Ayub, Yusuf's father is a man of honour, but finds himself doing less than honourable deeds for the betterment of ridding the hold land of the crusaders. I've mentioned Turan previously, in my opinion his characterisation is brilliantly committed to paper. So, it's going to be interesting to see how Jack's future books go, as that crusade ended up being very one sided. I'm guessing the books are going to jump over into the Third Crusade, which was slightly more successful.
The only downer about "Eagle" was the repetition of names when it came to Jack Hight writing scenes involving combat. Here is an example not word for word — "Yusuf lunged forward to catch John off-guard. John spun away. Yusuf now to the side of John, moved his right fist to connect with John's kidney. John deflected the incoming blow and pushed Yusuf away.
Yusuf moved forward once again and ducked another telling blow. He then faints a punch to the left and with his right staggers John with a crunching blow to the jaw.
In the actual paragraph, which is around page , 'Yusuf' was written 19 times. It was like watching one of those old 80s cartoons where they are running away from the baddie, with the same background whizzing by.
I mentioned in one of my status updates that not a lot was happening in the first hundred pages, this is true. The beginning was fairly dull, but once certain strands came together, it turned into a bloody good read. What really is surprising is that 'Saladin Trilogy' isn't more widely known about. If you read it, let me know what you think. Wow, a real page turner and a treat for all Muslims.
The legendary Saladin is portrayed in a most realistic manner. His ambitious rise from a modest background to the heights of power is well depicted, complete with narrations of kitchen, stables, manners. Thoroughly enjoyed the slavery episode and all its very realistic details. Though slavery was rampant in Europe back then but at least Europeans have apologised and moved on while the Arabs on the other hand still use slavery albeit under diff Wow, a real page turner and a treat for all Muslims.
Though slavery was rampant in Europe back then but at least Europeans have apologised and moved on while the Arabs on the other hand still use slavery albeit under different brandings.
What sort of personality did Saladin have? I got a very clear image of a very ambitious, determined, steeped in Islam, virtuous, family man, and passionate young individual.
But most of all Saladin had a natural propensity for justice. A virtue which he was never afraid to wager against the greatest of odds. There is one story where he wagers everything he owns on a fight just to save the honour of a slave girl. I absolutely loved his character as portrayed by the author. I also enjoyed Jack's portrayal of the many battle scenes which I generally find difficult to follow.
Can't wait to read the second in the series which I believe is called the 'Kingdom'. Oct 25, S. Turney rated it really liked it. I just finished a back-to-back read of the first two books in Jack Hight's Saladin series - Eagle and Kingdom, so this is very much a review of both. The story follows the youth and growth of the young Yusuf, from his childhood when he is considered weak and unworthy through to becoming the legendar character that is Salah Ad Din, scourge of the crusaders.
The first thing that struck me about these books and I would say is still the outstanding review factor after book 2 ends is the fresh perspe I just finished a back-to-back read of the first two books in Jack Hight's Saladin series - Eagle and Kingdom, so this is very much a review of both. The first thing that struck me about these books and I would say is still the outstanding review factor after book 2 ends is the fresh perspective Hight has written from. The crusading era is not uncommon for writers of Historical Fiction, and Hight's offering might easily have become run of the mill, despite his obvious knowledge and talent, had he not done something different to stand out.
Eagle and Kingdom are both written largely from the Arabic Saracen perspective, though seen often through the eyes of a westerner John of Tatewic , which gives it relevance to a western reader. The main characters are generally Saracen, and that people are portrayed, unusually in this milieu, as an honourable, ethical, family-oriented, pious, friendly and likeable people. That fact alone could have driven me through the series.
Couple that with High's clear knowledge of the era of the Second Crusade and the world in which the future Saladin grew up, and also his understanding and presentation of Islam and the Islamic peoples of the time, and it creates a story that is not only fresh and interesting, but also informative and revealing.
I'm no expert on the time, but I do have a grounding in the early crusades from schooling and private reading and, while the author makes a couple of small tweaks or takes a tiny liberty with direct fact for the sake of story which all such authors do and without which Historical Fiction would simply be non-fiction everything seems to fall perfectly into place with geography and timelines.
The story follows a general arc of personal growth, mirrored in the growth of Saracen power in the Middle East. The first book follows how young Yusuf, in the shadow of his brutal brother, comes across John, a Christian knight, after a battle at Damascus following which he is taken prisoner.
Yusuf buys John as a slave and a bond slowly begins to form between the two, granting John more freedom and hope than a man in his position should ever wish for, but teaching young Yusuf everything he needs to become the man he is destined to be.
Hight grew up in Dallas , Texas. He is an alumnus of Harvard University and has a doctorate in history from the University of Chicago. According to his website it was during his sophomore year at Harvard that he first read about the fall of Constantinople, which he later based his first book on. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is an orphan , as no other articles link to it. Please introduce links to this page from related articles ; try the Find link tool for suggestions. May