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David Wind is the author of 35 Novels. He began writing in 1979 and has published novels of suspense, adventure, science fiction, historical fiction and romance.
His new novel, 'The Cured' written with Terese Ramin, was published on November 11, 2013. It is a Medical Terrorism Thriller.
His last novel, "Angels In Mourning", won the reader's choice Book Award from thebookawards.com. It is available as an eBook and Trade Paperback.
David's thrillers are The Hyte Maneuver, (a Literary guild alternate selection), As Peace Lay Dying, and Conspiracy of Mirrors. For the mystery/suspense novels, And Down will Come Baby, Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep and Shadows, David worked with his wife Bonnie Faber. Co-Op, is a mainstream novel about the lives of people inhabiting a New York City cooperative apartment building and the mysterious and deadly goings on.
"Queen of Knights", a medieval fantasy and recent #2 best seller on Amazon's Historical Fantasy list, and "The Others" are his entry into fantasy and science fiction.
In 1988, David was honored by science fiction writer and Hugo Award Grand Master Andre Norton, who, after reading Queen of Knights, asked David to write a short story for inclusion in her 'Andre Norton's Tales From The Witch World 2' Anthology Series.
David also wrote the novelization of the ABC 7 day miniseries, The Last Days Of Pompeii.
on April 29, 2014 :
The Queen of Knights by David Wind - 5/5 stars
Much of the focus of this story seems to be in England, and is based on the love between the Lady Gwendolyn and the Knight Miles Delong, whose fates are determined by mystical powers. However there is a lot of stimulating rivalry later on...
This novel is woven with many myths and fantasy elements, which I enjoyed. Much of the beginning is like a romantic dream, with vibrant colours and beautiful settings combined to create a scene that is memorable both to the characters and the reader.
It starts at a steady pace, but it picks up in style when we are introduced to the hulking cruel bull of a Knight Morgan of Guildswood, who is prepared to kill anybody who stands in the way of his marriage to Gwendolyn. When Gwendolyn falls in love with Miles Delong a rivalry begins. Expect very well-described and exciting battles in melees; and classic confrontations between good and evil. These battles were the highlights for me, and the author provided plenty of this type of excitement, which continued throughout.
The last third is concerned with the Crusades. The scene the author paints is vivid and yet again proves his descriptive skill. Is it Richard the Lionheart versus Saladin? Yes, to an extent. However, the overarching conflict in this section seems to be between Gwendolyn and Saladin, the latter who is depicted as a magnanimous ruler whose oath restricts his moral choices.
Overall this was a magnificent well-rounded read, interspersed with battles, excitement, love, history, myth, and fantasy. I respect the author for a lengthy novel that never disappointed.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)