It is late in the 13th century, the twilight of Christendom in the Holy Lands. All the great fortresses have fallen to Mamluk forces, and only the port city of Acre remains in the hands of the Crusaders. In a desperate attempt to bolster the Christians’ fighting forces, the Hospitaller Knights of Saint John send a young member of the Order to purchase 500 peasant children from the ‘Spine of the World’, the remote alpine regions of Europe.
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Mamluk is the second book in J. K. Swift’s Hospitaller Saga. It tells the story of the siege of Acre, a long, bloody struggle for the last Christian-controlled city during the waning days of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.