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Order in Chaos (Templar Trilogy Series #3)
     

Order in Chaos (Templar Trilogy Series #3)

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by Jack Whyte
 

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In the final novel in the Templar Trilogy, William St. Clair faces the end of the Order of the Temple of Solomon. Philip IV has arrested every Templar in France and seized the Order’s assets, unleashed the Inquisition, and burned the last Grand Master at the stake. St. Clair escapes into exile in Scotland with the Temple’s legendary treasure, and on the

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In the final novel in the Templar Trilogy, William St. Clair faces the end of the Order of the Temple of Solomon. Philip IV has arrested every Templar in France and seized the Order’s assets, unleashed the Inquisition, and burned the last Grand Master at the stake. St. Clair escapes into exile in Scotland with the Temple’s legendary treasure, and on the island of Arran the surviving Templars train with him in secrecy for a return to France. But St. Clair is growing disillusioned with the old Templar ways, and after taking his men into battle one last time as Temple Knights, he leads the survivors away in search of another legend, the fabled land that lies beyond the Western Ocean.

 

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

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. (Aug.)

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"A meaty book, full of details you wouldn't expect to find in an adventure so action-packed: what the knights wore, every layer down to their skin, for example, and how ladies of the period prepared their makeup and hair." - BC Book World (Autumn 2009)

“To read Jack Whyte is to surrender to a storyteller of the old school. His writing is firmly rooted in the basics of good storytelling: strong characterization, effective plotting, and excellent writing.” - Quill & Quire

“Whyte, a master at painting pictures on an epic-sized canvas, pulls the reader into the story with his usual deft combination of historical drama and old-fashioned adventure.” - Booklist

“It is here that the origin of the Knights Templar is revealed...Taut and gripping...” - Vancouver Sun

“Enough loose ends and cliff-hanging dramatic turns to guarantee an audience for volume two.” - The Globe and Mail

“Whyte's Templar trilogy… finds the author in his top form. Few authors can match Whyte when it comes to epic battle scenes involving blazing heat, choking dust, rearing horses and thousands of sword-wielding knights and Saracens locked in mortal combat.” - Publishers Weekly

"Whyte brings his Templar trilogy to a rousing conclusion. ...Readers are in for a thrilling, exhilarating ride. There's a reason why Whyte's historical novels are so popular: he adroitly juggles fact and fiction, using real events as a jumping-off point for stories that feel historically right. Fans of the previous two novels who have been clamoring for this one since 2007 will not be disappointed." - Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399155772
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
08/06/2009
Series:
Templar Trilogy Series , #3
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Jack Whyte was born and raised in Scotland and has lived in Canada since 1967. He has been an actor, orator, singer, poet, and businessman at various stages of his life, and he holds an honorary doctorate of letters for his contribution to Canadian popular fiction. A resident of Kelowna, British Columbia, he is the author of the internationally bestselling Dream of Eagles series and the Templar Trilogy. The Renegade is the second instalment in the Guardians series, set during the Scottish Wars of Independence.

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Order in Chaos (Templar Trilogy Series #3) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
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BilliamNH More than 1 year ago
I fully agree with the Publisher's Weekly review. There is a lot of potential in this story, but the author drops the ball. If he intended to write a dry historical account of the Knights Templar, he should have dropped the premise of a "historical novel" and done just that. At every turn where one would expect battles and intrigue, he dives deeper into uninteresting background dialogue. A real sleeper.
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DCon More than 1 year ago
I have read several of Jack Whyte's historical novels, including the first 2 books of the Templar trilogy which I found to be extremely well written and highly entertaining. Whyte has an amazing ability to develop plots and characters while simultaneously describing historical events. Unfortunately, I do not think the final Templar novel, Order in Chaos, lives up to the lofty standards of Whyte's previous attempts. This is not to say that it is poorly written. In fact, it is a good story but not quite as good as the first 2 books of the series. Primarily, I have issues with the overall story line. Whyte does a masterful job describing the Templar's fall from grace as a result of a greedy French king and a weak Pope. He continues at the same high level with the establishment of a Templar colony in Scotland. However, it is at this point where the story begins to weaken and concludes with an ending that seems rushed and somewhat contrived. Despite this, it is still an enjoyable read.
c0093k More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book
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Esarhaddon More than 1 year ago
I first started reading Jack Whyte by chance when I ran across one of his Camulod Series books. I quickly became enthralled by his story telling and finished the whole series and moved to his Templar books. This last book finishes off the trilogy and completes his saga. Jack is a wonderful Historical novelist. His attention to detail and vast knowledge of the subject matter helps him provide a rich tapestry as the back drop of his story. His characters are wonderfully chosen and the reader starts identifying with them as the story progresses. I can't wait to see what he will work on next!