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Quest For The True Cross: Best Knight Templar adventure ever (The Templar Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Tony McMahon , Richenda Todd , Cecilia Alferez
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Sir William de Mandeville is a young Knight Templar whose world is falling apart. His father has been executed for treason against King Stephen. His brother, the new Earl of Essex taunts William and tortures his poor subjects. William hoped going on crusade would make him a real man but he’s sent home in disgrace. The Templar feels like he’s losing his wits, going slowly mad. At night, he has visions of a monstrous serpent that slithers into his room and hovers over menacingly.

What William needs is a new crusade. And when the most holy relic of the Knights Templar, the True Cross, is stolen – William goes in search of it. His epic quest takes him across Europe to the siege of a Moorish city called Al-Usbunna. It turns out the True Cross is within the city and to get it, he must help his fellow crusaders storm its walls.

William has a Syrian companion, Pathros, and a Saxon urchin called Nicholas. The trio become embroiled in murderous intrigues, bloody battles and even a romance in order to retrieve the True Cross.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 770 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Tony McMahon; 1 edition (14 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083ID8VY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #344,808 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book was my introduction to the genre so I don't have much previous material to draw upon; yet even as someone new to the Templar universe I can appreciate a solid story wherever one is to be found -- and there is much here to admire.

McMahon's exposition is deliberately paced to lead us great distances over land and sea, slowly grounding us in the world of the novel. It is an ambitious, and therefore delicate, task to combine so many threads of characters, internecine religious conflicts and historical events but after a patient build-up, the reader is rewarded with an enthralling and utterly absorbing climax.

As the action shifts from England to Portugal, McMahon's narrative explodes into life when the protagonists find themselves in pitch battles on the ramparts of history, combining fiction and real events from Christianity, the Middle Ages and the birth of Lisbon.

If there is a criticism it's that the action sequences are so heart-pounding that the inevitable pauses for breath seem almost jarring in comparison.

But that is a quibble and the satisfying conclusion more than makes up for brief pockets of uneven pacing created as a natural by-product of so many moving pieces coming together.

The author's best character work is left for the two main protagonists, a flawed-but-noble Templar and his richly-crafted companion, Pathros. The wider cast is similarly intriguing and McMahon is equally lavish in describing the devious betrayal and conflicted interests within all parties, leaving few heroes in the wake of smouldering wreckage spanning three continents.

I enjoyed this -- the first of the series -- and am looking forward to the next one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great detailed accounts makes this a great read! 13 Jun. 2012
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I read a lot of historical novels (James Clavel's Asia saga, Conn Iggulden's books on Rome and Gengis Khan are all three series amongst my favourites).

The start of the book was a bit slow and there were many characters to keep in place but I must say that I really enjoyed the read overall. The part in Portugal is fantastic and I think some of the details in this book are much greater than in many similar books. Things such as how they punished a criminal with little justice can be seen as something that is not a big thing, but it really helps to build a picture for how their thinking was at the time.

All in all a great novel and start of a trilogy. I believed the story and felt as if I know more about the time now.

When is the next in line coming out??
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4.0 out of 5 stars Seeking that which was lost 27 Jun. 2014
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An interesting historical tale of the Crusades. A disgraced knight travels from the Holy Land to Portugal in an effort to recover the lost talisman entrusted to the Templars. Well written historical fiction
5.0 out of 5 stars magnificent! 22 Feb. 2015
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I could hardly stop reading this wonderful tale of a Knight Templar. This, indeed, is the 'Best Knight Templar adventure ever....'!
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