Book Review: Dorylaeum by Bryan R. Saye

The second book in The Crusader Chronicles book and what a sequel it is!

When I read Saye’s first book in the series, Storm of War, I remember being surprised by how captivating the story way. Being an archaeologist by profession, I often find that I don’t enjoy historical fiction and mysteries as much as I sometimes feel like I should, maybe because I get too caught up in details, or maybe because I don’t give details the attention they deserve – though I always enjoy giving the genre a chance!

Thankfully, that’s not the case with Saye and this series. His writing is superb, captivating and engaging, with just the right mixture of historical accuracy and fictional mystery to keep me hooked. The pacing, the character development, the action – it’s all right where it needs to be. Honestly, oftentimes it feel like watching an epic historical drama from the early 2000s – back when they were amazing.

Saye intersperses his main plot with a forward time jump that gives us just enough hints to want us to carry on reading – it makes it so that you know what to expect, you just don’t know how to expect it. There’s enough romance, camaraderie, mystery and humor to keep you from getting bored – and I suppose there’s an overarching plot that pulls us toward an end somewhere as well, though I’m too caught up in the here-and-now of the journey to even think about it yet.

I’m looking forward to the next book already – this is one of those indie gems that you hope you’ll come across when you’re doing this thing. If you’re interested in historical fiction, or in any kind of sword-and-shield fantasy setting, what have you, then honestly – give this series a chance. You won’t regret it.

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