30 March 2009
Jan Guillou's The Road to Jerusalem
available in UK
A change of pace for you crime readers — a trilogy of medieval adventure novels set in 12th century Sweden and the Holy Land, featuring the great warrior and Templar knight Arn Magnusson. The first volume takes place entirely in Sweden, mostly in Western Götaland to be exact, to the northeast of Göteborg (Gothenburg), and deals with Arn's early life in a Cistercian monastery, clan warfare, and his love affair with Cecilia. This starts Arn on his "road to Jerusalem," but I don't want to spoil the story by telling you why. There is plenty of crime, sin, punishment, and other good stuff, though. The trilogy is the basis for a big-budget movie that took the viewers' prize for the best film of the year in Sweden when it was released in 2008. Coming soon to a screen near you.