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This sequel to A Templar's Apprentice (2010) takes Tormod in circular journeys around Scotland without particularly advancing the plot. The truth o' yon Tormod's powers canno' be denied—or understood very well, given the brogue-laden prose, which lacks the accuracy for true flavor but is still thick enough to interfere with readability. Tormod is on the run with his new friend, the redheaded and equally magically gifted Aine. They skip from adventure to adventure, uncontrolled psychic abilities troubling them while they seek a Knight Templar with the gift of healing. Tormod's health suffers as his visions become worse. His travels, from discovering a village whose residents have been massacred by soldiers to a brief interaction with Robert the Bruce, are soon only interruptions; primarily his days are occupied by delirium, visions and out-of-control magical temper tantrums. At least his fever dreams are revealing the King of France's wicked plot against the Templars, but it won't do him much good as he wanders through the Highlands. A discombobulated traveling tale, best summed up in Tormod's own stream of consciousness: "Torquil. The Abbot. The Templar. Aine. Bertrand. The bairn. Cornelius. Visions. Dreams. Nightmares." (Fantasy. 9-11)
In "A Templar's Gifts", the second book of the series, Kat Black takes us deep into the mind of Tormod MacLeod, as he fights to discover the meaning of his visions, his feelings; searching for a true purpose after the loss of Templar Alexander; and battling the strange sickness that is sapping his strength. Without a master, nor a clear mission, Tormod is lost in his own mind until he meets Aine, a girl from a small village with powers similar to his own. Only she can sooth his pains, but only through sharing them. Together with Aine, he discovers more about himself, and the man he wants to be. Passing these trials, Tormod's strength returns, and he readies himself for what comes next.
Taking a detour from the continental adventure of "The Templar's Apprentice", Kat uses the second book in the series to focus on Tormod, and how he deals with the abrupt upheaval of everything he's ever known, followed by the return to the small village, alone and without purpose. Instead, Kat takes Tormod to places that should be comforting and turns them into nightmares. Her use of Aine is especially intriguing, putting the pair in situations where they can't stand one another, but must be in physical contact at all times.
If you love knights and magic, than this series is for you. Especially awesome is that when you finish the series, there is so much history and story left about the Templar Knights, and all of it is worth looking at.
Posted January 2, 2011
A Templar's Gift, second book in The Book of Tormod series, is page turner. Like in Kat's first book in the series you are immediately drawn into the story of Tormod. I found my emotions mirroring his throughout the book. I like this series because Tormod is a character that many can identify with. Not everything he does is right, but he has a good heart and tries his best.
I recommend this book series to young people as well as adults. There is much we can take from the series as people.
Posted May 23, 2011
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