The Last Templar

The Last Templar

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1314, Paris: Pope Clement has destroyed the Order of Knights Templar, wrongly persuaded of their corruption. Watching through a veil of tears as his friends die at the stake, a surviving knight swears vengeance on their accusers.

1316, Devon: The newly appointed bailiff of Lydford Castle, Simon Puttock, is called to a village where a charred body has been found in a burned-out cottage. Unaccustomed to violence in this peaceful area, Simon assumes it's accidental death - but Sir Baldwin Furnshill, recently returned from abroad, quickly convinces him that the victim had been killed before the fire began. As Simon and the astute knight piece together the evidence, word comes of another murder, more horrible by far. Are the two incidents connected - and will the killers strike again?

ISBN: 9780747250616


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Sep 14, 2009

This book started out promisingly, with a murder taking place in an interesting setting, a small rural village of medieval England. But the story peters out after a few chapters, when the main character abandons the murder investigation to go chasing after some bandits, at length, in chapter after boring chapter of tracking footprints and musing about how bandits are evil.

Finally, the main character gets back to investigating the original murder, which wraps up very quickly with an unsatisfying solution, and then discovers an extremely predictable dark secret about another character, which I didn't care about anyway because the other character hadn't done much of anything for most of the book.

Overall, while this book had an interesting idea for the setting, the writing was dull and the plot was boring, so this wasn't a very worthwhile read.

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