I don't know much about Jack Ludlow's background, but he writes more like an historian than a master storyteller. This fact gives me hope that the tal..Show More »es are reasonably accurate.
With subject matter that is so complex and that spans such a long time period, it is difficult to tell the story well through character interaction. Ludlow uses a lot of author narrative to convey the main story and dots it with occasional bits of character interaction. It is interesting and easy to follow, but lacks the quality that makes other novels impossible to put down. However, it is substantially more captivating than a history textbook, and makes a great way to learn about the Crusades.