THE BLACK ROOD by Stephen R. Lawhead

THE BLACK ROOD

Vol. II of The Celtic Crusades

KIRKUS REVIEW

A second Celtic crusade, and sequel to The Iron Lance (1998). In 1901, the Brotherhood of the Sanctus Clarus meets in Cyprus to ponder global events and the coming war. One of their members is a descendant of Duncan, son of Murdo; in 1132, Duncan retraces his father's footsteps through Byzantium and into the Holy Land, his ambition to recover the Holy Rood, a bloodstained piece of the True Cross, despite opposition by Byzants, Saracens, Knights Templar, and whatnot. Readers partial to Lawhead's rather awkward blend of mystical piety, adventure, and history should find enjoyment here.

Pub Date: June 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-06-105034-2
Page count: 512pp
Publisher: Eos/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2000




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