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Book Title: Crusader's Torch|
The author of the book: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Edition: Tor Books
Date of issue: November 15th 1989
ISBN 13: 9780812501780
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This is the second of three books featuring Olivia Clemens; they're a spin-off of Yarbro's Saint Germain series. It's set in 1190 AD, when Olivia has been living in Tyre in the Holy Land, which is being invaded by Crusaders. This is the story of her harrowing journey home to her native Rome.
It's apparently difficult for a widowed noblewoman to get permission to leave town, but she eventually embarks with the escort of a sullen, guilt-ridden Knight Hospitaler. They're cozy at first, but things go badly awry when he begins to show signs of a disease mistaken for the dreaded leprosy. Various forms of adventure and peril follow.
The book was quite dull in the beginning, but it improved when Olivia stopped trying to play by the rules and started doing whatever was necessary to get herself home. She's a more spirited character than Saint Germain. I steadily disliked the Hospitaler even when he became an object of pity, and I never felt any of the attraction between him and Olivia.
I must say that Olivia encounters the kindness of strangers more often than does Saint Germain. In the last Saint Germain book I read, when he sought shelter in a village the natives locked him in a building and set fire to it. Whereas in this book there are several people who go out of their way to assist Olivia, most notably at the miraculous little haven for travelers she stumbles across in the woods.
I was a bit irritated by the supposition that Richard the Lionheart was so gay that he fought in the Crusades primarily in order to avoid his wife Berengaria.
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Read information about the authorA professional writer for more than forty years, Yarbro has sold over eighty books, more than seventy works of short fiction, and more than three dozen essays, introductions, and reviews. She also composes serious music. Her first professional writing - in 1961-1962 - was as a playwright for a now long-defunct children's theater company. By the mid-60s she had switched to writing stories and hasn't stopped yet.
After leaving college in 1963 and until she became a full-time writer in 1970, she worked as a demographic cartographer, and still often drafts maps for her books, and occasionally for the books of other writers.
She has a large reference library with books on a wide range of subjects, everything from food and fashion to weapons and trade routes to religion and law. She is constantly adding to it as part of her on-going fascination with history and culture; she reads incessantly, searching for interesting people and places that might provide fodder for stories.
In 1997 the Transylvanian Society of Dracula bestowed a literary knighthood on Yarbro, and in 2003 the World Horror Association presented her with a Grand Master award. In 2006 the International Horror Guild enrolled her among their Living Legends, the first woman to be so honored; the Horror Writers Association gave her a Life Achievement Award in 2009. In 2014 she won a Life Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Convention.
A skeptical occultist for forty years, she has studied everything from alchemy to zoomancy, and in the late 1970s worked occasionally as a professional tarot card reader and palmist at the Magic Cellar in San Francisco.
She has two domestic accomplishments: she is a good cook and an experienced seamstress. The rest is catch-as-catch-can.
Divorced, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area - with two cats: the irrepressible Butterscotch and Crumpet, the Gang of Two. When not busy writing, she enjoys the symphony or opera.
Her Saint-Germain series is now the longest vampire series ever. The books range widely over time and place, and were not published in historical order. They are numbered in published order.
Known pseudonyms include Vanessa Pryor, Quinn Fawcett, T.C.F. Hopkins, Trystam Kith, Camille Gabor.
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