Templar's Apprentice (Book of Tormod Series #1)

Templar's Apprentice (Book of Tormod Series #1)

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by Kat Black
     
 

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Book one of Kat Black's thrilling historical fantasy trilogy full of intrigue, mystery, and adventure is now available in paperback!

Ever since thirteen-year-old Tormod MacLeod had a prophetic vision, things haven't been the same. Even his family treats him differently. So when he has the chance to join a Templar knight on a mysterious quest, Tormod doesn't

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Book one of Kat Black's thrilling historical fantasy trilogy full of intrigue, mystery, and adventure is now available in paperback!

Ever since thirteen-year-old Tormod MacLeod had a prophetic vision, things haven't been the same. Even his family treats him differently. So when he has the chance to join a Templar knight on a mysterious quest, Tormod doesn't hesitate. Now in a desperate race for his life, Tormod and the Templar must evade the armies of King Philippe le Bel of France or pay the price for what they've found, what they've seen, and what they know.
In this thrilling historical fantasy, a boy discovers visionary skills he didn't know he had---and a friendship worth dying for.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In Black's impressive debut, first in the Book of Tormod series, the Knights Templar weren't merely a crusading religious order-they possessed powers ranging from precognition to mind control and used them to fight the excesses of King Philippe of France. Tormod, a Scottish teenager, occasionally has prophetic visions, but has learned to keep this information to himself. After a chance encounter with the knight Alexander, he is drawn into an adventure that eventually takes him to mainland Europe. Along the way, Alexander trains Tormod in combat, his special powers and the history of the Knights Templar. The action is frequent and often brutal, but never feels out of place. Black gives Tormod a strong and clearly Scottish voice that readers will quickly comprehend. There are moments that seem dubious, but they never impede the fast-paced plot. A captivating mix of history, fantasy and religion, the novel is a solid adventure that makes good use of its historical setting. Ages 12-up. (Feb.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 6-9

It is 1307 in Scotland, and 13-year-old Tormod is rushing through the night to fetch a tinderbox to light the Beltane fire for his village when a Knight Templar interrupts his errand to send him on another that is even more pressing. Tormod spends the entire tale rushing from one place to another in the company of Sir Alexander as they follow a map without knowing what lies at the end and are pursued by the French king's soldiers. The constant chase is exciting at first but begins to grind, particularly after Tormod loses two toes in a mishap and must still continue his flight on foot. The historical setting is well drawn, and additional interest is added by visions that both Tormod and Alexander receive, although the images seem to be invariably of death and doom. Their dialogue is written in a pseudo-brogue, so there are many examples of "ye" and "o'" (for "of") but otherwise their speech is modern. The visions and the Templar theme may interest readers but they may be drawn up short at the cliff-hanger ending.-Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Kirkus Reviews
Volunteering to deliver a secret message lands young Tormod, a Scot, on a journey through 1307 France and Spain. After delivering the message, he falls into the job of safely guiding his superheroes, the Knights Templar, and becomes apprentice to the virtuous and strong knight Alexander. Alexander, like Tormod, experiences visions of the future and knows that Tormod has endangered both their lives. They run from King Philippe le Bel of France, protecting a dangerous, vision-enhancing carving. In the course of his travels, Tormod taps into his mystical powers, which change as the plot suits. Tormod is funny and kind, but the antique sound of his language may put readers off. He's a very considerate narrator, though, frequently stopping to explain this or that medieval detail-a technique that enlightens but also utterly destroys the fourth wall. Riddled with consistency problems, the book jumps from event to event with little regard to transition. Though Tormod's world is foreign to readers, debut novelist Black spends no time building it, even as the adventure moves along. The concept is appealing, but the execution fails. (Fiction. 12 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545234115
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/2010
Series:
Book of Tormod Series, #1
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
751,028
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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