If done correctly, the player will have another stone mine completely inside their base. Now the player should train a lot of Monks, since we are going to do a lot of conversion. Do not kill any of Alfonso's units; strictly speaking, you won't lose, Alfonso just changes stance to enemy. But Alfonso has a Market, so it's a shame to pass up all that Gold. Just keep spamming Monks, and if they die, send new Monks.
Delete or move away all new converts so they don't start killing things. Upgrade all your Monk technlogies, especially atonement to convert Alfonso's missionaries.
You cannot immediately access Alfonso's Market since it's protected by towers and the Gate is locked. So keep mining at this point. After converting ten units, the new objective will be to convert Alfonso himself, who is protected inside his base. The player still cannot kill more than ten of his soldiers, which has become eight since the player already killed two of his units before. However, now the player should forget about Alfonso for a little while and start building their own base and economy, since the player needs a large army soon after Alfonso's conversion.
Once enough stone has been collected, build a Town Center and start making Villagers to collect all four resources. Also use one Villager to build a second layer of walls with a Gate near the bridge which connects the players base to the mainland, behind the Palisade Walls of Gujarati Traders. This is because after Alfonso's conversion, the Palisade Walls will automatically be destroyed. It is a good idea to build a Castle here as well for additional protection.
Now build a Dock near the Bridge. After this, the player should focus on reaching the Imperial Age as soon as possible. It is also advised that the player build one Feitoria since resources are limited near the base.
A Son's Blood
Research Sappers. At some point you will run out of gold to mine, so it's time to start trading. Alfonso's diplomatic stance with you is set to Neutral - which means, subtly, that his Towers will not shoot your villagers they will shoot military units.
So you will attack Alfonso's Gate with Villagers, get inside, and then wall up all his units. They won't bat an eye. Now you can keep trading with Alfonso, his towers will not shoot your Trade Carts either, since you are so good to him. Just don't approach Alfonso's base with any kind of military, and you will have enough resources to research everything and build a small navy of, approximately, thirty Elite Caravels and twenty Elite Cannon Galleons. When you're ready, convert Alfonso. Immediately, the Ottomans, Mamluks, and Diu will switch to enemy, and Diu will also immediately obtain a Wonder.
But nothing that fifty ships cannot deal with. After the Wonder is destroyed, the player's new objective is a choice - either to construct and defend a Wonder or to defeat Ottomans, Mamluks and Diu. It is unbelievably easier to go for the Wonder instead of defeating the three enemies so the player should always go for the Wonder under normal circumstances. Once the transformation takes place, Kane understands that his life will be forever changes and whether that is good or not One tiny mistake, one loss of self-control and the blood-lust could completely destroy him and make the earth that they walk on a VERY dangerous place.
Will Kane listen to Brogio and his warning of staying close or will he take advantage of the freedom that the world offers to an immortal? McKibben has a fantastic story-line with great character development and original content. All of her characters are memorizing and exciting with a hint of mystery. The pace of this novel is fast, making it easy to read. If you are a reader of paranormal fiction and dark fantasy, this may be perfect for you.
You will meet characters straight out of history books right along side vampires they never knew existed. As that it is only a short read to tease you just enough to invest in the whole series. Kane and Brogio are really interesting characters. Both have their flaws and weaknesses, but both were very strong characters. Even though the book was so short, the author managed to portray them in a way that made me want to read more and more and more of them, but then the book was over.
Even on this few pages the author managed to let the characters develop and grow with the problems that were thrown in their way. The writing style supported the story easily and perfectly. I really enjoyed reading this book and will definitely pick up the other books in this series. The characters and their relationship were well considered and seeing them strengthen was all part of the book enticing you. The story centres on Kane and how he came to be, his lineage, and how he was sired by Brogio.
Ludlow's land battles and naval engagements are exciting and described in just the right detail to dr Bohemond, the bastard son of Robert Guiscard, is the tallest, the most valiant, loyal, and most accomplished fighter in his father's army. Ludlow's land battles and naval engagements are exciting and described in just the right detail to draw the reader in and get the blood up. I would, however, have liked more.
Blood Son by Richard Matheson
Several battles are summarized rather than described. I wish the author had stuck with his real strength.
The history of the Normans in Italy is related in much detail. The lineage and accomplishments ot Bohemond, Prince of of Tarento, his father, Robert de Hauteville, the triple Duke of Apulia, Calabria and Sicily, his younger brother and lieutenant Roger of Hauteville, the Great Count from whom the Koings of Sicily were to descend, Robert's legitimate son Borsa and nephew Jordan, along with Robert's wife, and several popes are related.
I very much enjoy learning history through well-written historical fiction, which I count this. But, the story occasionally lost its thread in the accounts of lineages and relationships. Still, from what I learned through Wikipedia after reading "Son", the history leading up to Bohemond's "crusade" and becoming the first Prince of Antioch is accurate and the story is a good one, despite the hero being too perfect.
May 13, Gaash rated it it was ok. A very hard read. The story doesn't seem to flow.
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Jun 26, Mark Halse rated it did not like it. This book sucks. Scattered and no flow to the plot. Get bent Ludlow. Forget the politics and the scheming of a Song of Ice and Fire, nevermind about the to and fros of the Wars of the Roses, delving into the very entangling affairs of 11th century Italy, wherein Rome tries wresting authority from the Emperor, where Lombards, Normans, Byzantines, Sarracens fight for control, where a dozen small duchies and principalities shift borders and allegiances is such a juicy morsel. Though this is the 1st book of the Crusades trilogy, it's also the 4th installement in the Forget the politics and the scheming of a Song of Ice and Fire, nevermind about the to and fros of the Wars of the Roses, delving into the very entangling affairs of 11th century Italy, wherein Rome tries wresting authority from the Emperor, where Lombards, Normans, Byzantines, Sarracens fight for control, where a dozen small duchies and principalities shift borders and allegiances is such a juicy morsel.
Absolutely fascinating seeing layer upon layer of History setting in place.
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Had to go a few pages back a few times to focus on the story. Nov 30, Sonny rated it liked it.
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It was an ok read. A little boring half way through. That's what got it 3 stars instead of 4. Feb 01, Ryan St george rated it it was ok.
This book isn't bad necessarily, it's just too historically inaccurate. It's well written with good battle scenes.
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