The new Templar novel from the USA Today bestselling author
On the morning of October 13, 1307, every Templar knight in France is arrested by the order of King Philip IV, who then seizes all the Order's assets and set the Inquisition against them. Warned of the plot, Sir William St. Clair flees from France with the Temple's treasure, several hundred knights, and the widow Lady Jessica Randolph to seek sanctuary in Scotland. There, with his men deprived of everything they valued and held dear at home, he will lead them into battle as Templar Knights one last time in defiant support of a king who is not their own, but who has earned their trust.
Whyte puts the Knights Templar to rest in the uninspired final volume of his Templar trilogy (after Knights of the Black and White and Standard of Honor), a lengthy and pedantic history of the Knights and their 200-year-old tradition of service to the pope and Christianity, loaded with historical detail, but offering little suspense and even less action. When the Knights are declared outlaws by King Philip IV of France in an effort to crush their influence and seize their treasure, the Knights are arrested and tortured or driven into hiding. Templar knight Sir William Sinclair leads the survivors to temporary sanctuary in Scotland, where they team up with Robert Bruce, king of the Scots, who is embroiled in civil war and war with the English. After a promising opening, the story downshifts into a narrative bog of plots, schemes, court intrigues and hand-wringing over the Templars' future, but very little actually happens. This tale has great potential for a rousing, sword-swinging adventure, but instead is just a plodding medieval history without any zip.
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Order in Chaos
I have read many historical novels and in recent years focused on the fascinating Templar histories and stories. This is the very best of the best for me and has been my companion until and sleep and mornings before heading to work. A fascinating read at multiple levels and many enlightening points for deep consideration. I love it!
A Fitting End
So we come to the end of the Templar trilogy. Anyone expecting more of the same from this book, that they got from the first two, will be sadly disappointed. While the first two books were exciting, this one is best described as "insightful", it brings a proper end to the series, but without a great deal of thrills or suspense. If you have read the first two books in the series then you cannot skip this one.