Knight of the Cross by Steven McKay

KotC

Another first for me as I have never reviewed a short story and found it a bit more difficult to do than for a full length novel.  This story is a bit of a departure from the author’s two excellent novels about Robin Hood as the subject is The Knights Hospitaller and has an element of fantasy as well though it does feature Sir Richard-at-Lee who does appear in Wolf’s Head and The Wolf and the Raven.  It takes place on the island of Rhodes and concerns the mysterious disappearance of many people on the island including some of the Hospitaller personnel.  It seems that an ancient evil has arisen, the god Dagon and he requires sacrifices of the most heinous kind.  Sir Richard is charged with the task of searching out what is causing the disappearances.  I found the story to be very entertaining and the action/plot twists to be exciting and well written.  The scenes involving the rites of the evil Dagon to be as grisly as one would hope and the fears of those involved in the rooting out of this cult to be very real and thus makes for an excellent tale.  5 stars.

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