The Land Beyond the Sea

Written by:
Sharon Kay Penman
Narrated by:
Anne Flosnik

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2020
31 hours 10 minutes
From the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Sharon Kay Penman comes the story of the reign of King Baldwin IV and the Kingdom of Jerusalem's defense against Saladin's famous army.

The Kingdom of Jerusalem, also known as Outremer, is the land far beyond the sea. Baptized in blood when the men of the First Crusade captured Jerusalem from the Saracens in the early twelfth century, the kingdom defined an utterly new world, a land of blazing heat and a medley of cultures, a place where enemies were neighbors and neighbors became enemies.

At the helm of this growing kingdom sits young Baldwin IV, an intelligent and courageous boy committed to the welfare and protection of his people. But despite Baldwin's dedication to his land, he is afflicted with leprosy at an early age and the threats against his power and his health nearly outweigh the risk of battle. As political deception scours the halls of the royal court, the Muslim army--led by the first sultan of Egypt and Syria, Saladin--is never far from the kingdom's doorstep, and there are only a handful Baldwin can trust, including the archbishop William of Tyre and Lord Balian d'Ibelin, a charismatic leader who has been one of the few able to maintain the peace.

Filled with drama and battle, tragedy and romance, Sharon Kay Penman's latest novel brings a definitive period of history vividly alive with a tale of power and glory that will resonate with readers today.
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I have always loved SKP, and still do, but I had trouble being swept away by this story in a way that was never a problem with her past books. Even with that, it was an amazing read. It took time to get accustomed to the narrator. I found her shrill and grating to begin, and that may well be the reason I was not as enamored with this book.

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Robert H.

Excellent recreation of the kingdom of Jerusalem and it's many political challenges which helped it to exist for a couple of hundred years. An era of history of which I was heretofore somewhat unaware. Penman masterfully exposes the humanity behind the history. A plethora of names and characters is befuddling infrequently provoked outside research to keep them separated end in mind. Not Penman's fault However it is an excellent and thoroughly enjoyable work.

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