"Helena writes history exactly the way I like it. The research is solid. The depiction of everyday life is realistic. She fills in the gaps in the historical record with plausible, exciting, realistic scenes of what might have happened. ...I love the characters in The Last Crusader Kingdom. ...We see good sides and bad ones.... The plot is tight in this book. The plot is history itself. The themes are history, family, and dynasty. The writing is great, especially action sequences. Helena P. Schrader writes military encounters like a combat veteran. ...Another great book from a great historical writer." Ray Simmons for READERS' FAVORITES, Sept. 2017
"[Schrader] knows exactly how to put on paper a historical book that excites, offers suspense, sparks adventure, and brings together a cast of characters that are literally impossible to forget once the last page has been read... Historical fiction fans, adventure fans - there is something in The Last Crusader Kingdom for everyone. Yet again, Helena Schrader has hit the ball out of the proverbial park with her intelligence and creativity." FEATHERED QUILL, Sept. 2017
"...in The Last Crusader Kingdom, Schrader, with her distinctive synthesis of accomplished literary polish and meticulous scholarship, has taken [the] sources and run with them to create a captivating tale which at once takes its place among her outstanding works of historical fiction and provides a soundly-constructed platform inviting academic exploration. The Last Crusader Kingdom stands firmly on its own significant merits, as a worthy conclusion to Schrader's Jerusalem trilogy, or if she chooses to continue with the stories of the Lusignan and Ibelin families, as a remarkable beginning of a new series. Five Stars, highly recommended!" REAL CRUSADES HISTORY
John d’Ibelin, son of the legendary Balian, will one day defy the most powerful monarch on earth. But first he must survive his apprenticeship as squire to a man determined to build a kingdom on an island ravaged by rebellion. The Greek insurgents have already driven the Knights Templar from the island, and now stand poised to destroy Richard the Lionheart’s legacy to the Holy Land: a crusader foothold on the island of Cyprus.