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Brethren By Robyn Young,

  • Title: Brethren
  • Author: Robyn Young
  • ISBN: 9780340839713
  • Page: 217
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1295 AD The Christian empire in the Holy Land lies in ruins Returning to Paris, Templar Knight Will Campbell is at a crossroads He has sworn to uphold the principles of the Anima Templi, a secret brotherhood within the Order whose aim is peace but peace seems ever impossible The Temple has forged an alliance with Will s enemy, King Edward of England, vowing to h1295 AD The Christian empire in the Holy Land lies in ruins Returning to Paris, Templar Knight Will Campbell is at a crossroads He has sworn to uphold the principles of the Anima Templi, a secret brotherhood within the Order whose aim is peace but peace seems ever impossible The Temple has forged an alliance with Will s enemy, King Edward of England, vowing to help him wage war on Scotland This pact against his homeland strikes at the core of Will s faith and allegiances, while his growing estrangement from his daughter, Rose, leads her into a dangerous affair Will now faces a bitter choice to stay with the Temple and fight another war he doesn t believe in, or to break his vows and forge his own path to peace even if that too means fighting for the Scots Soon caught up in bloody conflict, Will is unaware that an even ominous threat is rising, for there is a warrior king on the throne of France whose desire for supremacy knows no bounds and who will stop at nothing to fulfil his twisted ambitions The fight for the Holy Land has ended The Temple s last battle has just begun.
    Brethren AD The Christian empire in the Holy Land lies in ruins Returning to Paris Templar Knight Will Campbell is at a crossroads He has sworn to uphold the principles of the Anima Templi a secret brot

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    1. Since the Knights Templar is a subject I know very little about, and have an interest in, this book appealed to me The author has a good reputation for historical fact within the fiction so I thought it would be reliable It definitely had a strong historical context The plot follows a boy named William who is a sergeant that hopes to become a knight The story is complicated by his love interest, Elwen, and the vows of knighthood which preclude romantic involvement or marriage The story follows W [...]

    2. This could and should have been so much better All the necessary elements seem to be there for a great memorable story only for it to disappoint and frustrate far than invigorate or appeal To use an analogy, imagine having all the right ingredients for a delicious cake, mix them together, bake and getting an undercooked barely edible biscuit instead.The author manages the notable feat of taking five hundred long pages to achieve less than what others have in two thirds as many pages Young seems [...]

    3. BRETHREN, the first entry in Robyn Young s acclaimed epic trilogy about the travails of a young man on the path to becoming a Templar knight during the disastrous end of the Crusades, is full of interesting details and twisting plot lines Will Campbell, the hero of the story, is a youth damaged by a tragic event which has torn his family apart As he struggles to gain his knighthood in the Templar Order, where he s been assigned by his father, who s taken Templar vows and left for service in the [...]

    4. Comecei este livro com boas expectativas pois sempre me senti muito curiosa sobre as cruzadas e os templ rios Gostei da forma como a narrativa foi sendo tecida e da mesma ter v rios pontos de vista oscilando entre Londres, Paris e a Palestina de forma a dar nos uma vis o o mais completa e global poss vel Quanto s personagens vale a pena referir William, um jovem escoc s que serve como sargento templ rio em New Temple Everand um padre algo temperamental que oculta um segredo que pode trazer muito [...]

    5. The historical research done by this author is obvious in the story and she should be given credit for doing a great job on it however, I just could not connect with the characters The main character was too weak and the conversations between him and his other teenage friends sounded like modern day teenagers While most of the chapters started with beautiful description of the landscape etc sometimes they just seem out of place It was like a mix match of scenery and characters This was my first [...]

    6. I wasn t really sure what to expect from Brethren as I hadn t read a synopsis beforehand Sometimes I find that adds to the book as it means I go into it with an open mind Also, given my very rigid list of books to read, Brethren sneaked in by simply being I quite fancy a read of that as I walked past the bookshelf That, for me, is quite rare All I knew was that it involved the Knights Templar and the crusades.I was fascinated, then, to discover that the book is not simply an us and them Templars [...]

    7. Set in period between the Seventh and Ninth Crusades, Brethren purports to tell the story if the Crusades from both the East s and the West s points of view The West s version is told through the tale of Will, training to follow in his father s footsteps as a Knight in the Order of the Templar, while the East s view is depicted through the tale of Mamluk Sultan of Egypt, Baybars.The Templars, as usual the subject of speculation and rumours of secret societies, are here given a secret Order withi [...]

    8. Okay, so I didn t quite read all of it, but I read most of it so as far as I m concerned IT S READ Sod it What a load of absolute tripe It isn t even good tripe, it s badly written tripe.The characters were badly written cardboard cut outs Will sounded like some kid directly out of High School, minus modern day slang Elwen looked like she had just walked out of a Pre Raphaelite painting what with her long flowing hair that flowed loose down her back, golden tresses that quite often fell loose fr [...]

    9. Will Campbell has to serve as an apprentice to a foul tempered Templar priest before he can achieve his dream of knighthood amongst the fierce Templars, God s Warrior monks For longer than he should have, Will was forced to remain a sergeant in the service of Everard, a man of dangerous secrets Amir Baybars has dragged himself out of slavery to become his people s leader, driven by an unquenchable desire to rid his land of the European invaders As the story builds to a crescendo, the two men s d [...]

    10. As the author is a creative writing teacher I was expecting Didn t Dutton assign her an editor I almost always finish any book I start reading This story of 475 pages only paid out in the LAST SEVEN PAGES The premise is intriguing two stories told alternating between the Crusaders point of view and the point of view of Baybars, the Mameluke slave who became sultan and a great general I was pulling for the Saracens All the Crusaders and the English King Henry and his son, Edward, come across as [...]

    11. Ayan Jalut The Pools of Goliath The Battle of Ain Jalut , the Spring of Goliath took place on 3 September 1260 between Mamluks and the Mongols in the southeastern Galilee, in the Jezreel Valley, north of Jerusalem The battle marked the high water point of Mongol conquests, and was the first time a Mongol advance had ever been permanently beaten back in direct combat on the battlefieldMamluk slave warriors of Egypt , from SyriaGenghis Khan Mongol s founder died 1227Mongols invaded Syria in 1240 t [...]

    12. Audiobook 21 31 hours Narrated By Christopher Scott I listened to about 20% of this gory novel of fiction before chucking it on the DNF shelf.My profile clearly exposes my attitude towards all religions I identify as a Secular Humanist and try as I might, I can find no joy or entertainment from listening to or reading about the horrors that Christians and Muslims inflicted upon their own kind, and each other, and innocent secular citizens, in the name of the same God, in the times of the Crusade [...]

    13. Interesting tale of the Knights Templar saga, with enough historical details to make it believable I enjoyed it enough to start the second book in the trilogy.

    14. The Brethren Trilogy is historical fiction, covering the Knights Templar and the last crusade All three books have been published, but I am waiting to read the third one I don t want to purchase the hardcover edition, especially since the paperback form will be released in January This, the first, was far superior to the second, though neither were precisely bad The series is centered on a young sergeant hoping to someday be a templar His name is Will Campbell and he is from a low born family, w [...]

    15. Sometimes I bemoan the fact that I have too many books to read which means that it takes me a while to get to them all I bought Brethren months ago but only recently did it rise to the top of my to be read pile Once I started reading it I was chagrined that I hadn t read it sooner This is one terrific tale of the 13th century and the turmoil between East and West, between Christian and Muslim and between the various knight orders especially of the Templars and Hospitallers It seems that everyone [...]

    16. Excellent Historical Fiction I can t wait for the follow up ,Robyn Young has shown true greatness in this, her first novel.The story, which surrounds the Crusades and all that relates the Templar Knights and their counterparts of the time Hospitallers and Teutonics , the Mongols, the Sultan Baybars, Kings Richard the Lionheart Henry III and Prince Edward of England, Louis IX of France.The story encompasses the crusades from the viewpoint of both the christians and the muslims and firmly gives un [...]

    17. It didn t take me long to read the first part of the Brethren Trilogy called Brethren You can always tell when I like a book very much because I tend to start reading and not stop until its finished or I fall asleep.Besides the story which is all about the coming of age of two very powerful people, and the side story which is about the mystery of a missing book, and the Knights Templars the book has a lot to recommend it.The historical detail that the author put into the book was amazing She stu [...]

    18. Wow This book is subtitled An Epic Adventure and it is indeed that Young Will Campbell is training to be a Templar knight when he becomes involved in intrigue and conspiracy Prince Edward has one agenda, the Templars have another, and there is yet another circle within the Templars that have yet another Wheels within wheels within wheels While it does not rise to Game of Thrones type machinations, it is very, very, good intrigue with plenty of violence and leaving out the gratuitous sex On top o [...]

    19. This book has been lying on my bedside table now for about a year, and the bookmark hasn t moved from page 121 in all that time.I struggled to get into it Her research, from what I could tell, is thorough and detailed, and she sets a scene well, but hand on heart I could not make myself care about any of the characters, so they all seemed to blend together Something was off with the pacing too Perhaps I didn t give it a fair chance, as at the time I was only able to read in short bursts, but it [...]

    20. I have just re read this debut book and the beginning of the trilogy.Full of incredible detail and many keenly made points observations on the nature of the times both past and the parallels that can be drawn with modern events attitudes.It s a brilliant read and is full of well written characters, what proves this than anything is that really not a lot happens, yet it still holds your attention.When I say not a lot happens, this is obviously not true, it s full of friendships loves gained and [...]

    21. This is the story of Will Campbell a reluctant Knight Templar, his friendship and love and his growth from a boy to a man Will is a Templar because his father decided he should be, he lives with the guilt of having accidentally killed his sister and that his father didn t speak to him for years.It s also the story of Baybars and his fight to rise his life from Malmuk slave to ruler Ruthless he pursues the expulsion of Christians from the lands he regards as his with ruthlessness.It s interesting [...]

    22. This book is mainly the story of young Will Campbell, who comes from scotland to England to study to be a Templar knight it follows him from his early teens until his twenties where he finds himself in the Holy Land fighting a Saracen army led by Baybars, a legendary leader he is also searching for his estranged father, who had taken the cross and gone to the Holy Land Rich in history of the period, this book is the first in a series.

    23. I was a little uncertain if i would like this book I do like the Crusades, but i have never really read anything serious from this era in Historical Fiction.There were some areas that i was not fully fond of, and sometimes the skipping in time caught me out mainly due to being an audiobook, rather than reading i missed the dates occasionally.I will continue with this series for sure once i have cut my to be read pile a little.

    24. Somewhat silly Temple within a temple Templeception I guess I liked her writing style though, not as good as Cornwall, but then who is I learned quite a bit of history with extra research with this one Characters are very well developed and rounded All in all a pretty good read.

    25. once i started, i couldn t let go of this amazing historical fiction i ve had my copy for years but only got to read it a few days ago now i look forward to reading the rest of the books in the Trilogy

    26. Started OK, was hoping it would get better but never took off, plot hopped around and by last 100 pages was just plain frustrated and wanted to get it over with.A rather poor book which leaves me thinking I wish the second wasn t on my bookshelf already.

    27. Le d but d une trilogie m di vale dont l affrontement entre templiers et sarrasins est le contexte Au del de cette th matique somme tout classique c est peut tre la qu te de la tol rance qui semble guider les personnages principaux Les autres tomes devront confirmer

    28. The first book in a planed trilogy follows William Campbell of the Templar Knights as he searches for a missing book The most interesting aspect of the book is the fact that the author uses two distinct voices to tell the story eastern and western.

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