'Hight's stirring book is brimming with all the excitement, action, romance and adventure that readers would expect from a tale set in the turmoil of the Crusades - but it is also an eye-opening window on to the sophistication and complexity of Islamic life in the late Middle Ages and a superb early portrait of one of history's most fascinating characters'
'Hight has used his skills as an historian . . . to build a framework of solid historical fact on which he builds his exciting tale. And exciting it is . . . lively and a real page-turner, but what makes it special is that shining through is his deep knowledge of the Arabic culture . . . promising and compelling'
'Epic is the word to sum up this thundering historical adventure which begins Hight's ambitious new Saladin trilogy'
'Exciting and interesting'