OK so I am only half way into this book but like Young's previouse outings this is packed full of detail and sucks you into the time period. You can feel the crunch of the swords and the politics involved. A worthy addition to any bookcase. Will update review soon as finished it but on current impressions and those of before it has to be 5 stars
The Fall of the Templars : A Novel
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1295 A. D. The Christian empire in the Holy Land lies in ruins. Returning to Paris, Knight Templar Will Campbell is at a crossroads. He has sworn to uphold the principles of the Anima Templi, a secret brotherhood within the Order whose aim is peace, but peace seems ever more impossible.
The Temple has forged an alliance with Will's enemy, King Edward of England, vowing to help him wage war on Scotland. Will now faces a bitter choice: to stay with the Temple and fight another war he doesn't believe in, or to break his vows and forge his own path to peace, even if that too means fighting...for the Scots. Will is unaware that an even more ominous threat is rising, for there is a warrior king on the throne of France whose desire for supremacy knows no bounds and who will stop at nothing to fulfill his twisted ambitions. The fight for the holy land is over, but the Temple's last battle has just begun...
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Concluding volume of t...
Concluding volume of the Brethren trilogy on the Templars. This one does just what its title promises: recounts the eventual fall and dissolution of the Templar order. Will Campbell, the Scottish Templar, deserts, and wanting to fight for his native land against Edward I of England, joins the rebels under William Wallace and reconnects with family members, whom he hasn't seen for decades. After the unsuccessful Battle of Falkirk, he returns to France and is caught up in the politics between the evil King Philippe and the Church. Heresy and disgusting, blasphemous practices are found among the Templar ranks, so Philippe, desiring their treasure for his own purposes, begins wiping them out. Although the demise of the Templars was horrific, the end was satisfying as to Will's fate. Very well written and evocative of that period. I don't feel you have to read the two previous volumes in the trilogy; enough backstory was explained to have all make sense. The author admits to changing the order of some of the events, the better to tell a good story, despite her impeccable research. I feel the prologue unnecessary, illustrating in broad strokes an incident repeated later but more detailed. Highly recommended.
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