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Brethren: An Epic Adventure of the Knights Templar

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ON THE EVE OF THE LAST CRUSADE...
One young knight, bound by faith, driven by valour, begins a quest to protect a secret that could change the course of history irrevocably.

A richly detailed, epic historical adventure set in Paris, London, Egypt, and Palestine on the eve of the last Crusade, Brethren tells the story of a young knight's ...
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Overview

ON THE EVE OF THE LAST CRUSADE...
One young knight, bound by faith, driven by valour, begins a quest to protect a secret that could change the course of history irrevocably.

A richly detailed, epic historical adventure set in Paris, London, Egypt, and Palestine on the eve of the last Crusade, Brethren tells the story of a young knight's search for a mysterious (and potentially deadly) book belonging to a secret organization within the Knights Templar.

When young Will Campbell joins the most powerful organization in Europe, The Order of the Knights Templar, he finds himself drawn into a world of intrigue and danger. He is charged with recovering a heretical book stolen from the order's vaults-but what Will doesn't know is that the book, in the form of a Grail Romance, hides the covert plans of a secret group within the Temple known as the Anima Templi: the Soul of the Temple. Whoever controls the book controls the fate of the Templars-and it seems that everyone around Will is ready to kill to possess it.

Brethren also traces the rise of Baybars Bundukdari, an ambitious commander in the Egyptian army, who, after assassinating the sultan, takes control of Egypt and Syria. The two stories come together during Baybars's campaign for a new Holy War that will cripple an empire and bring the Crusaders to their knees.

Cleverly combining two narratives-East and West-author Robyn Young gradually reveals the many links that bring two great cultures to war, creating a multifaceted world of sultans, troubadours, priests, and knights; strong-willed women and foul-mouthed murderers; sieges, battles, courage, and betrayal. With nail-biting battle scenes, a wonderfully complex villain, and an encyclopedic grasp of historical detail, Brethren brings this fascinating period vividly alive.
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As the medieval world braces itself for the last Crusade, Christian zealots and Muslim jihadists move towards an epoch-changing struggle. Robyn Young's debut novel shifts between the stories of idealistic Knight Templar Sir William Campbell and devout Islamist Baybars Bundukdari, the sultan of Egypt. Interwoven in their steady drift toward conflict is the story of the missing Book of the Grail. This Knights Templar historical novel doesn't imitate; it sets its own standard.
Publishers Weekly
Debut novelist Young climbs aboard the Templar bandwagon, but sets the bar high in this initial installment of a trilogy on the Knights and the last crusade. Christendom's desperate attempts to maintain a foothold in the Holy Land against a furious Muslim jihad is embodied by Sir William Campbell, a young, idealistic Knight Templar, and the devout Baybars Bundukdari, the sultan of Egypt, determined to rid the region of Western influence. Young shifts between the rival camps; there is plenty of battlefield action, and a romantic interest for William in Elwen, the beautiful young niece of his fallen mentor. There's also a mystery for William to solve: the disappearance of the Book of the Grail, which contains the explosive (and heretical) agenda of a secret group of Brethren within the Knights Templar. Combining rich historical detail, clever plotting and engaging characters, Young has crafted a historical thriller that will have readers turning pages and envisioning the sequel. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Set in London and Paris and the Western and Arabic kingdoms of the Holy Land in the period between 1260 and 1272, this first novel by Young tells the stories of two very different men. Baybars Bundukdari is a Mameluk general who becomes sultan of Egypt and the scourge of the Christians; Will Campbell is a young Scot in training to become a Knight Templar. Will is pressed into service for the Anima Templi, a secret society within the Templars that works for its own hidden ends. The theft of a book detailing the Anima's rites sparks a desperate search to recover it before enemies can use it against them. Much of this novel is historically accurate and at least the first two-thirds keeps the reader's attention. Unfortunately, the subplot about the Anima is silly-even anachronistic-and the ending is unconvincing and flat. Like The Da Vinci Code, this book is about a lost secret, though not a very interesting one. Not recommended.-David Keymer, Modesto, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641901003
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/11/2006
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

First time author Robyn Young has worked as a creative writing teacher, financial advisor, folk singer, and music festival organizer, and has traveled extensively in Europe and Egypt. Robyn has a masters in creative writing from the University of Sussex.
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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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