With fire and sword book review
Fire and Sword (Sword and Sorcery, #1) by Dylan DooseLed by the Bohdan Hmyelnitzki, rebels turn against their homeland and join with the invaders in order to undermine the crown. The rebellion creates the state of Ukraine, but also costs many lives and creates many slaves in Europe as Polish people are captured by the rebels and sold as slaves. Farmlands are destroyed and patriots feel that the entire country may fall to ruin. Click here to see the rest of this review. However, there are some soldiers who fight for the good of the commonwealth. Yan Skshetuski stands by his king and fights the rebels. He meets a young noblewoman named Helen who is kidnapped by a rebel and taken away, seemingly by a magic force.
With Fire and Sword Book Summary and Study Guide
The game and its storyline is loosely based on the novel With Fire and Sword by Henryk Sienkiewicz , depicting Poland 's — war against the Khmelnytsky Uprising in present-day Ukraine , and its sequels dealing with the invasion of Poland by Sweden and with Polish wars against the Ottoman Empire. Like its predecessors, With Fire and Sword is an action role-playing game. This installment allows the player to fight for one of five factions in an effort to control Eastern Europe, however only three have a proper storyline. The game is set in a later, more modern period than earlier titles with access to pistols, grenades, and other equipment of the post-medieval era. A fantastic entry for fans of the genre.
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As you can guess by the title, With Fire and Sword is primarily a war novel, but most people will come to the novel with little or no knowledge of the ferocious struggle that takes place in its pages. I remember my own puzzlement decades ago when I first saw the film version of Taras Bulba with Tony Curtis and Yul Brynner, wondering why on earth Poles and Cossacks were fighting one another, a mystification that only increased when I read the original Gogol novella. It turns out that my historical education had skipped a couple of centuries during which Poland, having united its royal family with that of Lithuania, held a vast eastern realm including much of the current Belorus and Ukraine. Both the last chapter of Gogol's tale, and the whole of this novel by Sienkiewicz deal with the bloody convulsion that ensued in the mid-seventeenth century when Cossack subjects in the Ukraine rose up against their foreign overlords. Sienkiewicz tells this compelling story from a generally Polish viewpoint, although important Cossack leaders also figure significantly and with some sympathy. At the heart of the story is a Polish officer who saves from lynching a Cossack who soon becomes the instigator of the great rebellion. Shortly thereafter that officer falls in love with a well-born Polish maiden, and in between battles the novel deals with their long separation, including the perils she faces in flight across a war-torn landscape.