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Test of Faith [Reading] ➸ Test of Faith Author Aleksandr Voinov – Polishdarling.co.uk July, Saladin has defeated the Crusader army at The Horns of Hattin While hundreds of his comrades have perished in the battle, Thierry de la Tour Rouge, a Frank and Templar Knight, has survived only July,Saladin has defeated the Crusader army at The Horns of Hattin While hundreds of his comrades have perished in the battle, Thierry de la Tour Rouge, a Frank and Templar Knight, has survived only to be taken prisoner by the Test of PDF/EPUB or Saracens Stripped to his woolen leggings and linen shirt covering and tied like an animal to the pole of a tent, Thierry fears torture in the attempt to break him and his faithAbdul Basir is French by birth and a convert to Islam As an advisor to Saladin, Abdul has been accepted by the Saracens and regarded with respect, but he will never be one of them Thierry has been bought for him and while Abdul owns him, he cannot guarantee that Saladin will spare Thierry s lifeIn the spirit of acceptance and forgiveness, Thierry chastely kisses Abdul, hurtling them both into a clash of faiths and a contest of wills One man motivated by the fulfillment of a long lurking fantasy and the other by the need to survive and keep his faith intact In the process, they come to show each other mercy, kindness, mutual respect and trust enough to reveal their desire for one anotherAs Saladin holds the fate of Thierry s life in his hands, can Abdul ensure the safety of this honorable crusader who has become his brother Or will he have to find the strength and courage to let Thierry go in peace.


10 thoughts on “Test of Faith

  1. Julio Genao Julio Genao says:

    Stories servethan one purpose.They can soothe or inflame can sink you down into the deeps, or snap sails taut and jerk you up into the stratosphere.This one this one hurts If I were wise, I wouldn t review it until I d had time to calm down.But I don t want to feel this way any longer than I have to I m in a fury.Read this It s beautiful.Then go stroke a kitten.You ll need to.


  2. Literatures Movies Literatures Movies says:

    Nothing to say really.I love Voinov and most of his works, and the same goes with this book He was always able to write the most heart rendering stories that keep you engaged from beginning till the end, without it seeming like a lot of effort I love him for that, just as I love this book for its ability to tug at my heartstrings and seep under my skin and into my soul in under 150 pages Blog Me, in all of my writing gloryYoutube And sometimes I talk about random shits here IG and IG ac Nothing to say really.I love Voinov and most of his works, and the same goes with this book He was always able to write the most heart rendering stories that keep you engaged from beginning till the end, without it seeming like a lot of effort I love him for that, just as I love this book for its ability to tug at my heartstrings and seep under my skin and into my soul in under 150 pages Blog Me, in all of my writing gloryYoutube And sometimes I talk about random shits here IG and IG account where I mostly use it to stalk pretty humans


  3. Christina Christina says:

    No words Simply Beautiful


  4. Mel Mel says:

    Note I have to just have to write acohesive review for this, but right now I m drawing a blank and I can t think of anything beautiful or smart Random thoughts I m torn between a 4 and a 5 star rating The good great writing, a story that gave us both the historical background about a battle of faiths as well as the battles between the characters andimportantly within the characters The depth of the characters especially Abdul is amazing, considering the length of the stor Note I have to just have to write acohesive review for this, but right now I m drawing a blank and I can t think of anything beautiful or smart Random thoughts I m torn between a 4 and a 5 star rating The good great writing, a story that gave us both the historical background about a battle of faiths as well as the battles between the characters andimportantly within the characters The depth of the characters especially Abdul is amazing, considering the length of the story The not so good The story was too short A littlelength would have made itwell rounded and would have had me eveninvested in the characters mind you knowing how it would end probably caused me to hold back on that Then again the shortness of the story and the little time the book spans added to the intensity and that nerve wrecking feeling of impending doom Also I was confused with the POVs I first thought we were switching from one character to the other, without ageneral voice but then those inner monologues didn t fit So I started to read it like there was a general POV who showed us both characters thoughts and feelings and flowed from one head to the other It did fit that way but it wasn t clear enough in the beginning or maybe it was just me All in all, a great story, which could have been even better But kudos to the authors for writing a story that makes you really think and for not taking the easy way out


  5. LenaRibka LenaRibka says:

    4,5 starsI had no idea what I picked up Honestly I just needed something ensuring good And I knew that Aleks is my undisputed guarantee for a good book.TEST OF FAITH HOW COULD I NOT NOTICE THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS TITLE We re talking about the year 1187 In the book And yet it feels so UP TO DATE, so ACTUAL It is so sad and tragic that in the 21th century we still divide our world into two essential parts and that these two parts still have not found the best peaceful way to honour each ot 4,5 starsI had no idea what I picked up Honestly I just needed something ensuring good And I knew that Aleks is my undisputed guarantee for a good book.TEST OF FAITH HOW COULD I NOT NOTICE THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS TITLE We re talking about the year 1187 In the book And yet it feels so UP TO DATE, so ACTUAL It is so sad and tragic that in the 21th century we still divide our world into two essential parts and that these two parts still have not found the best peaceful way to honour each other, the way to live in mutual contentment side by side My heart has been brokenthan once watching the news of the last months, days, hours And my heart is broken again, after this ending But I m grateful for this ending I thank Aleks with all my heart for it Because it is this ending that made this story such beautiful such overwhelming and such believable and such poignantand, yes, in spite of it s tragic such a hopeful one I swear, I abstain from all HEA in my books if I can have only one HEA in the world right now We are men, fighting God s war Do you think it strange


  6. Lenore Lenore says:

    Damn This story tore my heart out and stomped on it And it blew my mind.


  7. DayDreamer DayDreamer says:

    I understand.


  8. Aiko Aiko says:

    This managed to leave me heartbroken and satisfied at the same time I don t understand how it s possible, but there it is.


  9. Indie Reviews Indie Reviews says:

    Test of Faith by Aleksandr Voinov and Raev Gray is an extremely well written and emotionally charged novella that leaves the reader breathless.The story is set against the backdrop of one of the most infamous and bloodiest battles of the interval period between the Second and Third Crusades the Battle of Hattin which took place near the city of Tiberius on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee During the Battle the army of Saladin decimated some 20,000 Crusading foot soldiers and 1,000 Te Test of Faith by Aleksandr Voinov and Raev Gray is an extremely well written and emotionally charged novella that leaves the reader breathless.The story is set against the backdrop of one of the most infamous and bloodiest battles of the interval period between the Second and Third Crusades the Battle of Hattin which took place near the city of Tiberius on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee During the Battle the army of Saladin decimated some 20,000 Crusading foot soldiers and 1,000 Templar Knights capturing Christian King Guy of Jerusalem and the Holy Cross.By some miracle, Templar Knight Thierry de la Tour Rouge remains alive but has been captured and taken prisoner by the Saracens Bone weary from battle, starving and almost delirious from dehydration Thierry finds himself tied up like an animal in the tent of Abdul Basir, advisor to Saladin Saladin has bought Thierry for Abdul, but the reason for this is a mystery Thierry fears torture, enslavement and ultimate death, but he is still alive and this provides a glimmer of hope that he will be ransomed Thierry s motivation is his faith and his life to do what he must to stay alive long enough to be freed without having to succumb to tortured conversion Abdul s motivation for keeping Thierry is vested in fantasy, one that he is almost too proud to admit to, or to fulfill.A chaste kiss on Thierry s part changes everything and plunges both men into a clash of faiths, cultures and wills As their polemic unfolds they learn of one another and come to show each other mercy, kindness, respect and trust, eventually revealing their desire for one another But Thierry s fate is in Saladin s hands and Abdul is not sure that he can secure the safety of this honourable man, nor is he certain that he has the courage and strength to let him go in peace.This story brims with pathos and the writing deftly captures the emotional intensity of the life and death situation under which these two men enter each others lives, first as enemies who become brothers And while the eventual moments of kindness and tenderness between the two do provide some respite from this intensity, given their circumstances, there is a tautness that is sustained throughout the story There is also an inherent sensuality to the prose, both erotic and other, that engages all of the senses.The overall plot is well established but does not dominate and the authors have paid meticulous attention to ensuring the historical, religious and cultural authenticity of this story Everything from the historical events to the religious beliefs and customs both Muslim and Catholic is effortlessly and imperceptibly woven throughout the story.The strengths of this story also lie in its characters and in this respect Test of Faith is very much character driven Written in the third person and alternating perspectives between Thierry and Abdul, the authors have crafted such multi dimensional and sublime characters it is as if Voinov and Gray have respectively crawled into practically every crevice of Thierry and Abdul s being to write their story.Thierry and Abdul s narratives are incredibly intimate revealing each character s courage, pride, arrogance, honour, fears, hopes, compassion and desires as they negotiate not only their circumstances but also their fate This is coupled with compelling and intelligent dialogue that at first is used as an instrument for their sparring, hatred and fear, and later for the tenderness and respect that Thierry and Abdul come to have for one other The authors not only capture the fundamental essence of who these men are, but also their complexities What stood out most is that while neither character compromises the core of who he is as a result of their tumultuous encounter, at the same time, both Thierry and Abdul are forever changed by it In this respect, the title is most befitting the story not only in terms of the testing of Thierry and Abdul s respective religious faith, but also their substance as men In terms of sub text, the characters also serve as conduits through which the authorssubtly infuse into the story and explore such timeless political themes as religious, ethnic and cultural chauvinism and hegemony.Test of Faith is the first collaborative work by these authors and yet there is a symbiosis to this writing partnership that one doesn t expect from a first time collaboration The writing is seamless and the story reads as if written by one person, so much so that despite my familiarity with Voinov s previous works this is Gray s first published story I was not able to pin point which author wrote the character of Thierry and which the character of Abdul.I do not consider Test of Faith as falling exclusively within the category of historical romance, ratherso within the realm of general historical fiction with strong erotic elements Nonetheless, some readers may, and those readers that consider themselves romance genre purists may not be pleased with the fruition of this tale However, I believe that the integrity of the writing simply demands that the ending, which I found to be utterly exquisite, is the only one possible for this story Any other ending would have compromised not only the sense of realism with which this story is written but also the legitimacy and authenticity of the characters and by extension their circumstances Test of Faith is a powerful and passionate story, and Thierry and Abdul are at once both heroic and tragic characters that remain with the reader long after the story is finished.This review was originally published online at Three Dollar Bill reviews and is also available at Indie Reviews


  10. Elisa Rolle Elisa Rolle says:

    Test of Faith is only a short story but it s clear that behind there is a lot of research work done a work that the reader itself can redo thanks to the appendixes, a useful walkthrough among the early Middle Age custom and religious beliefs, both from the Christian than Muslim point of view And here is the strength of this story, that the truth doesn t lie in one or the other side, both of them have reason and ideals Thierry is a Templar warrior and monk, who is chosen, after the defeat, as Test of Faith is only a short story but it s clear that behind there is a lot of research work done a work that the reader itself can redo thanks to the appendixes, a useful walkthrough among the early Middle Age custom and religious beliefs, both from the Christian than Muslim point of view And here is the strength of this story, that the truth doesn t lie in one or the other side, both of them have reason and ideals Thierry is a Templar warrior and monk, who is chosen, after the defeat, as toy for Abdul, a Frenchman converted to the Muslim faith and now advisor to Saladin It s not a gift of life, Thierry will be executed with his brothers when they will reach Damascus, but meanwhile Abdul has someone with whom he can enjoy the forbidden pleasures of man to man sex But Thierry is different from the others who preceded him, and Abdul starts to question his actions not his beliefs, it s clear that there are deep rooted reasons for Abdul to have converted to the Muslim religion, something linked to a refusal, maybe of his preferences for men he admits he has never been with a woman What Abdul questions is that, maybe, there are brothers also among the Christians, and that kill them like meat to the market will not give them the chance to understand their reasons But also Thierry learns a lesson, that is how great is his same courage, the strength of his faith that nothing has to do with his chastity, or the sin of sodomy Thierry will find a brother in Abdul, same as he has found among the other Templers, only that the bond with Abdul will be also physical Same as Abdul, Thierry will not question his faith and neither his mission strange as it s, probably Thierry is the one who will end stronger from this experience.http elisa rolle.livejournal.com 10


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10 thoughts on “Test of Faith

  1. Julio Genao Julio Genao says:

    Stories servethan one purpose.They can soothe or inflame can sink you down into the deeps, or snap sails taut and jerk you up into the stratosphere.This one this one hurts If I were wise, I wouldn t review it until I d had time to calm down.But I don t want to feel this way any longer than I have to I m in a fury.Read this It s beautiful.Then go stroke a kitten.You ll need to.


  2. Literatures Movies Literatures Movies says:

    Nothing to say really.I love Voinov and most of his works, and the same goes with this book He was always able to write the most heart rendering stories that keep you engaged from beginning till the end, without it seeming like a lot of effort I love him for that, just as I love this book for its ability to tug at my heartstrings and seep under my skin and into my soul in under 150 pages Blog Me, in all of my writing gloryYoutube And sometimes I talk about random shits here IG and IG ac Nothing to say really.I love Voinov and most of his works, and the same goes with this book He was always able to write the most heart rendering stories that keep you engaged from beginning till the end, without it seeming like a lot of effort I love him for that, just as I love this book for its ability to tug at my heartstrings and seep under my skin and into my soul in under 150 pages Blog Me, in all of my writing gloryYoutube And sometimes I talk about random shits here IG and IG account where I mostly use it to stalk pretty humans


  3. Christina Christina says:

    No words Simply Beautiful


  4. Mel Mel says:

    Note I have to just have to write acohesive review for this, but right now I m drawing a blank and I can t think of anything beautiful or smart Random thoughts I m torn between a 4 and a 5 star rating The good great writing, a story that gave us both the historical background about a battle of faiths as well as the battles between the characters andimportantly within the characters The depth of the characters especially Abdul is amazing, considering the length of the stor Note I have to just have to write acohesive review for this, but right now I m drawing a blank and I can t think of anything beautiful or smart Random thoughts I m torn between a 4 and a 5 star rating The good great writing, a story that gave us both the historical background about a battle of faiths as well as the battles between the characters andimportantly within the characters The depth of the characters especially Abdul is amazing, considering the length of the story The not so good The story was too short A littlelength would have made itwell rounded and would have had me eveninvested in the characters mind you knowing how it would end probably caused me to hold back on that Then again the shortness of the story and the little time the book spans added to the intensity and that nerve wrecking feeling of impending doom Also I was confused with the POVs I first thought we were switching from one character to the other, without ageneral voice but then those inner monologues didn t fit So I started to read it like there was a general POV who showed us both characters thoughts and feelings and flowed from one head to the other It did fit that way but it wasn t clear enough in the beginning or maybe it was just me All in all, a great story, which could have been even better But kudos to the authors for writing a story that makes you really think and for not taking the easy way out


  5. LenaRibka LenaRibka says:

    4,5 starsI had no idea what I picked up Honestly I just needed something ensuring good And I knew that Aleks is my undisputed guarantee for a good book.TEST OF FAITH HOW COULD I NOT NOTICE THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS TITLE We re talking about the year 1187 In the book And yet it feels so UP TO DATE, so ACTUAL It is so sad and tragic that in the 21th century we still divide our world into two essential parts and that these two parts still have not found the best peaceful way to honour each ot 4,5 starsI had no idea what I picked up Honestly I just needed something ensuring good And I knew that Aleks is my undisputed guarantee for a good book.TEST OF FAITH HOW COULD I NOT NOTICE THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS TITLE We re talking about the year 1187 In the book And yet it feels so UP TO DATE, so ACTUAL It is so sad and tragic that in the 21th century we still divide our world into two essential parts and that these two parts still have not found the best peaceful way to honour each other, the way to live in mutual contentment side by side My heart has been brokenthan once watching the news of the last months, days, hours And my heart is broken again, after this ending But I m grateful for this ending I thank Aleks with all my heart for it Because it is this ending that made this story such beautiful such overwhelming and such believable and such poignantand, yes, in spite of it s tragic such a hopeful one I swear, I abstain from all HEA in my books if I can have only one HEA in the world right now We are men, fighting God s war Do you think it strange


  6. Lenore Lenore says:

    Damn This story tore my heart out and stomped on it And it blew my mind.


  7. DayDreamer DayDreamer says:

    I understand.


  8. Aiko Aiko says:

    This managed to leave me heartbroken and satisfied at the same time I don t understand how it s possible, but there it is.


  9. Indie Reviews Indie Reviews says:

    Test of Faith by Aleksandr Voinov and Raev Gray is an extremely well written and emotionally charged novella that leaves the reader breathless.The story is set against the backdrop of one of the most infamous and bloodiest battles of the interval period between the Second and Third Crusades the Battle of Hattin which took place near the city of Tiberius on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee During the Battle the army of Saladin decimated some 20,000 Crusading foot soldiers and 1,000 Te Test of Faith by Aleksandr Voinov and Raev Gray is an extremely well written and emotionally charged novella that leaves the reader breathless.The story is set against the backdrop of one of the most infamous and bloodiest battles of the interval period between the Second and Third Crusades the Battle of Hattin which took place near the city of Tiberius on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee During the Battle the army of Saladin decimated some 20,000 Crusading foot soldiers and 1,000 Templar Knights capturing Christian King Guy of Jerusalem and the Holy Cross.By some miracle, Templar Knight Thierry de la Tour Rouge remains alive but has been captured and taken prisoner by the Saracens Bone weary from battle, starving and almost delirious from dehydration Thierry finds himself tied up like an animal in the tent of Abdul Basir, advisor to Saladin Saladin has bought Thierry for Abdul, but the reason for this is a mystery Thierry fears torture, enslavement and ultimate death, but he is still alive and this provides a glimmer of hope that he will be ransomed Thierry s motivation is his faith and his life to do what he must to stay alive long enough to be freed without having to succumb to tortured conversion Abdul s motivation for keeping Thierry is vested in fantasy, one that he is almost too proud to admit to, or to fulfill.A chaste kiss on Thierry s part changes everything and plunges both men into a clash of faiths, cultures and wills As their polemic unfolds they learn of one another and come to show each other mercy, kindness, respect and trust, eventually revealing their desire for one another But Thierry s fate is in Saladin s hands and Abdul is not sure that he can secure the safety of this honourable man, nor is he certain that he has the courage and strength to let him go in peace.This story brims with pathos and the writing deftly captures the emotional intensity of the life and death situation under which these two men enter each others lives, first as enemies who become brothers And while the eventual moments of kindness and tenderness between the two do provide some respite from this intensity, given their circumstances, there is a tautness that is sustained throughout the story There is also an inherent sensuality to the prose, both erotic and other, that engages all of the senses.The overall plot is well established but does not dominate and the authors have paid meticulous attention to ensuring the historical, religious and cultural authenticity of this story Everything from the historical events to the religious beliefs and customs both Muslim and Catholic is effortlessly and imperceptibly woven throughout the story.The strengths of this story also lie in its characters and in this respect Test of Faith is very much character driven Written in the third person and alternating perspectives between Thierry and Abdul, the authors have crafted such multi dimensional and sublime characters it is as if Voinov and Gray have respectively crawled into practically every crevice of Thierry and Abdul s being to write their story.Thierry and Abdul s narratives are incredibly intimate revealing each character s courage, pride, arrogance, honour, fears, hopes, compassion and desires as they negotiate not only their circumstances but also their fate This is coupled with compelling and intelligent dialogue that at first is used as an instrument for their sparring, hatred and fear, and later for the tenderness and respect that Thierry and Abdul come to have for one other The authors not only capture the fundamental essence of who these men are, but also their complexities What stood out most is that while neither character compromises the core of who he is as a result of their tumultuous encounter, at the same time, both Thierry and Abdul are forever changed by it In this respect, the title is most befitting the story not only in terms of the testing of Thierry and Abdul s respective religious faith, but also their substance as men In terms of sub text, the characters also serve as conduits through which the authorssubtly infuse into the story and explore such timeless political themes as religious, ethnic and cultural chauvinism and hegemony.Test of Faith is the first collaborative work by these authors and yet there is a symbiosis to this writing partnership that one doesn t expect from a first time collaboration The writing is seamless and the story reads as if written by one person, so much so that despite my familiarity with Voinov s previous works this is Gray s first published story I was not able to pin point which author wrote the character of Thierry and which the character of Abdul.I do not consider Test of Faith as falling exclusively within the category of historical romance, ratherso within the realm of general historical fiction with strong erotic elements Nonetheless, some readers may, and those readers that consider themselves romance genre purists may not be pleased with the fruition of this tale However, I believe that the integrity of the writing simply demands that the ending, which I found to be utterly exquisite, is the only one possible for this story Any other ending would have compromised not only the sense of realism with which this story is written but also the legitimacy and authenticity of the characters and by extension their circumstances Test of Faith is a powerful and passionate story, and Thierry and Abdul are at once both heroic and tragic characters that remain with the reader long after the story is finished.This review was originally published online at Three Dollar Bill reviews and is also available at Indie Reviews


  10. Elisa Rolle Elisa Rolle says:

    Test of Faith is only a short story but it s clear that behind there is a lot of research work done a work that the reader itself can redo thanks to the appendixes, a useful walkthrough among the early Middle Age custom and religious beliefs, both from the Christian than Muslim point of view And here is the strength of this story, that the truth doesn t lie in one or the other side, both of them have reason and ideals Thierry is a Templar warrior and monk, who is chosen, after the defeat, as Test of Faith is only a short story but it s clear that behind there is a lot of research work done a work that the reader itself can redo thanks to the appendixes, a useful walkthrough among the early Middle Age custom and religious beliefs, both from the Christian than Muslim point of view And here is the strength of this story, that the truth doesn t lie in one or the other side, both of them have reason and ideals Thierry is a Templar warrior and monk, who is chosen, after the defeat, as toy for Abdul, a Frenchman converted to the Muslim faith and now advisor to Saladin It s not a gift of life, Thierry will be executed with his brothers when they will reach Damascus, but meanwhile Abdul has someone with whom he can enjoy the forbidden pleasures of man to man sex But Thierry is different from the others who preceded him, and Abdul starts to question his actions not his beliefs, it s clear that there are deep rooted reasons for Abdul to have converted to the Muslim religion, something linked to a refusal, maybe of his preferences for men he admits he has never been with a woman What Abdul questions is that, maybe, there are brothers also among the Christians, and that kill them like meat to the market will not give them the chance to understand their reasons But also Thierry learns a lesson, that is how great is his same courage, the strength of his faith that nothing has to do with his chastity, or the sin of sodomy Thierry will find a brother in Abdul, same as he has found among the other Templers, only that the bond with Abdul will be also physical Same as Abdul, Thierry will not question his faith and neither his mission strange as it s, probably Thierry is the one who will end stronger from this experience.http elisa rolle.livejournal.com 10


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