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  • Posted January 10, 2009

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    I was surprised

    This is a solid piece of historical fiction - mostly accurate, good characterization and enough fictional devices to move the plot along quickly. I took a chance and picked up this book cheap and I am glad I did. I enjoy and read plenty of medieval fiction and the knights templar is becoming a bit overdone, but this novel offers fresh, exciting narrative that encompasses the era and knight's organization with an original take. Young attempts to depict both sides of this conflict. Most of the time, plot and characters are on the Christian side of the issue, but a clear attempt is made to offer the Islamic view adding a nice bit of objectivity to the novel. The reader finds himself pulling for the Christians because the protagonist is one, not because the Muslims are the "bad guys" - this is a refreshing angle. I was concerned that the plot would be too "DaVinci Code -esqe" but it was not. Young uses many similar conventions of the thriller, but never falls into the trap of too many coincidences or unbelievable situations/actions. The plot is woven of several threads that come together in a believable and effective climax and resolution.<BR/><BR/>Consider reading this novel - I am most assuredly completing the trilogy.

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  • Posted March 12, 2009

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    Brethren

    The Brethren is a story of a secret cult within the Templars that not even the headmaster knows about! Someone though does know about them and is trying to bring them down. The protaganist of the story is a Templar, Will Campbell. He is thrown in the middle of the whole story and it's up to him to stop the downfall of the "Brethren." The book does start out very slow despite the Prologue. The beginning sets up the characters and their backstories and the action gradually builds, but once it starts rolling it doesn't stop. The author includes characters that are both Muslim and Christian. Another nice touch that she put in the book is the glossory at the end of the book that tells you which events and people are real and what she made up herself. Overall it is a slow read the slowly builds and if you can make it to that point you won't put it down. I have already read the second book in the series and it never slows down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2008

    decent first novel.

    I randomly picked this book up at barnes and noble on the bargain hardback shelf and was surprised at how good it was. I read the back flap of the book and found out that it was Ms. Young's first novel and was even more surprised. She did a great job on her first novel. However, as I got further into the plot the writing seemed to slip, becoming a bit juvenile at times. Everytime the writing got cheesy I reminded myself that it was her first novel and continued reading. I appriciate her research but I wish she would go into more detail describing the medieval world. Her strongest character in the book was Will's father, James. The weakest character was Garin. One thing that really bothered me about the book was that in mid paragraph she would switch the point of view character so it got confusing at times. A switch of point of view characters should only be done with a defined break in the narrative, and she does this most of the time, but not all of the time. I read on her website that she wanted to tell the story of the downfall of the Templars - which won't actually happen until the third book in the series. I plan on reading all three books so I can get to the part that she really wanted to tell. Good job Robyn on your first novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2008

    Nothing to say that hasn't been already

    Very good book for people who like historical fiction, but it, love it.

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