By Robyn Young
At the EVE OF THE final CRUSADE... One younger knight, certain through religion, pushed by means of valour, starts off a quest to guard a mystery which may switch the process background irrevocably. A richly specified, epic old event set in Paris, London, Egypt, and Palestine at the eve of the final campaign, Brethren tells the tale of a tender knight’s look for a mysterious (and very likely lethal) booklet belonging to a mystery association in the Knights Templar. whilst younger Will Campbell joins the main robust association in Europe, The Order of the Knights Templar, he unearths himself drawn right into a global of intrigue and possibility. he's charged with recuperating a heretical ebook stolen from the order’s vaults—but what is going to doesn’t be aware of is that the publication, within the kind of a Grail Romance, hides the covert plans of a mystery workforce in the Temple often called the Anima Templi: the Soul of the Temple. Whoever controls the ebook controls the destiny of the Templars—and apparently every person round Will is able to kill to own it. Brethren additionally strains the increase of Baybars Bundukdari, an bold commander within the Egyptian military, who, after assassinating the sultan, takes keep an eye on of Egypt and Syria. the 2 tales come jointly in the course of Baybars’s crusade for a brand new Holy warfare that might cripple an empire and convey the Crusaders to their knees. Cleverly combining narratives—East and West—author Robyn younger progressively finds the many hyperlinks that deliver nice cultures to conflict, making a multifaceted international of sultans, troubadours, clergymen, and knights; strong-willed girls and foul-mouthed murderers; sieges, battles, braveness, and betrayal. With nail-biting conflict scenes, a perfectly complicated villain, and an encyclopedic take hold of of historic element, Brethren brings this attention-grabbing interval vividly alive.
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The Knights of St. John, founders of the pilgrim hospitals, were bitter rivals of the Templars. Both military Orders might be formed of noble Christian men who fought for God and for Christendom, but that didn’t stop them warring over land and trade and other conflicts of interest. Will lunged forward. He just managed to duck and fling up his blade as Garin swung a powerful stroke at his head. ” The two boys moved away from one another, breathing hard, at their instructor’s command. The knight strode toward them, the hem of his mantle stained with mud.
He dismissed them with a wave. “How you can reside in such barren strongholds is a mystery to me, Master Templar. ” “Our service is to God, my lord,” replied Humbert smoothly, taking the seat to the left of the king. ” Will stepped back to allow Owein to sit beside the Master. Edward was at the king’s right and three knights, including Jacques, and five clerks, two from the palace and three from the Temple, took up the rest of the places around the trestle. There was one space left empty. Will guessed it was for the chancellor who had chosen to remain standing behind the king, like a raven perched on the back of his chair.
When it was the turn of his row to leave, he hastened out, jostling his fellows. After the chapel’s gloom the sun seemed overly bright and he shaded his eyes as he stepped through the archway. The sergeants were heading in a line behind the knights, making their way to the Great Hall to break their fast. The buildings around the main courtyard were golden in the autumn morning. The sky was a magnificent, hazy blue, and the smell of ripe apples and plums in the orchards was a sweet perfume masking the general odor of sweat and horse dung that permeated the preceptory.
Brethren by Robyn Young