Solomon's Thieves

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On the run from the law . . . in 14th century France

Life as a Templar Knight returning from the Crusades is dull? bread, beans, and lots and lots of walking. But after Martin stumbles upon his lost love (now married?to someone else), things begin to get more interesting very quickly. There?s a vast conspiracy afoot to destroy the Templar Order and steal their treasure. Soon, Martin finds himself one of the only Templars out of prison?and out ...

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On the run from the law . . . in 14th century France

Life as a Templar Knight returning from the Crusades is dull— bread, beans, and lots and lots of walking. But after Martin stumbles upon his lost love (now married—to someone else), things begin to get more interesting very quickly. There’s a vast conspiracy afoot to destroy the Templar Order and steal their treasure. Soon, Martin finds himself one of the only Templars out of prison—and out for revenge!

A swashbuckling story of betrayal, adventure, and an epic swindle, Solomon’s Thieves is the first volume in a trilogy written by Jordan Mechner (the creator of the acclaimed Prince of Persia video games) and illustrated by LeUyen Pham and Alex Puvilland.

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Editorial Reviews

Evelyn Baldwin
Paris. 1307. The knights Templar are straggling back into Western Europe after decades of fighting bloody crusades in the Middle East. Martin and his fellow crusaders arrive home to a changed France, one buckling under poverty and government tax. Before the fighters can reestablish themselves in the community, they are wrongly accused of turning on the church and engaging in witchcraft. While Martin escapes, hundreds of his fellow Templars are imprisoned and tortured. Betrayed and abandoned, Martin joins a small group of Templars in hiding. Afraid for their lives and furious at the false accusations against them, they plan revenge on the church they once served—a heist so incredible, readers will be hearing of it for hundreds of years. The first in a series of books exploring Martin's tales, Solomon's Thieves combines edge-of-your-seat plot with explosive graphic illustrations, perfect for lovers of history, graphic novels, or action books. Reviewer: Evelyn Baldwin
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Solomon's Thieves focuses on the rank-and-file knights who found themselves persecuted when the Pope abandoned the Knights Templar for the political rulers of the day. Martin, who was in love with now-married Isabelle before taking his vows, holds tightly to the ideals of the order, despite being tortured by the soldiers of the king of France. Bernard has largely given up his Templar vows for life as a bandit, and Dominic, a priest, hides behind his robes in denial of his former role in the order. Then the three find themselves in possession of a secret: the whereabouts of the hidden Templar riches, sought after by the king to fill his coffers. This book ends just as the action is beginning, and a great heist is about to occur as they plan to steal the treasure that rightfully belongs to their order. Pham and Puvilland have created a believably harsh medieval world, and though the violence is not graphic, they do not shy away from suggesting brutal torture and death. Their action sequences feel particularly cinematic, and the sword fights are full of swashbuckling action. Certain to appeal to comic-book readers with a taste for adventure, the first volume of this trilogy sets up likable heroes, dastardly villains, and a vigilante plot that should interest readers in the history of the period as much as the adventure itself.—Alana Joli Abbott, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596433915
  • Publisher: First Second
  • Publication date: 5/11/2010
  • Series: Solomon's Thieves Series , #1
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Jordan Mechner’s videogames, including Prince of Persia, Karateka, and The Last Express, have received worldwide acclaim. Over 14 million Prince of Persia games have been sold around the world. He wrote the script for the Disney movie adaptation of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Mechner sold his first game, Karateka, while he was still an undergraduate at Yale. In 2003, Mechner wrote and directed the documentary Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award. He lives in Southern California.


LeUyen Pham and Alex Puvilland are happily married in art. LeUyen has produced several acclaimed picture books for children, including her self-authored Big Sister, Little Sister. Alex has worked as a visual development artist for Dreamworks Feature Animation and on numerous films. They co-illustrated the First Second graphic novel Prince of Persia. They live in San Francisco with their son Leo. 

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  • Posted July 23, 2010

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    Solomon's Thieves is a new graphic novel that takes the reader back to medieval times and the story of the Knights Templar. The Templars came into being to protect pilgrims on their journey to the Holy Land. Over the years they became strong and wealthy in their own right, and kings began to see them as a threat. When the king of France accused them of corruption and heresy, he forced the Pope's hand into disbanding the entire order. Many Templars were executed.

    Solomon's Thieves tells of those who escaped immediate capture and went into hiding. Many were determined to clear the Templar name, and sought to be reunited with their brethren who were also in hiding. Used to being treated as noble and heroic, these Templars chafed at being cast as outlaws.

    There were also rumors of great treasure amassed by the Templars, a treasure that has never been found. The remaining Templars considered it their solemn duty to protect it from being discovered.

    Solomon's Thieves illustrates this moment in history through the story of Martin, who joined the Templars and went on crusade after his childhood love was forced to marry another. This is the first book of a planned trilogy, and includes an afterword from author Jordan Mechner about the history he conducted and more on the Templar story. Illustrations by LeUyen Pham and Alex Puvilland richly evoke the darkness of the times. I recommend Solomon's Thieves for mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 14 and older.

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