Interesting fictional retelling of the formation of the Knights Templar and examination of their beliefs about the life of Jesus and the usurpation of his teachings by what ultimately became the Catholic Church. So-so as a novel, with recurrent echoes of elements from the Arthurian Cycle, but fascinating as an informed speculation on the secretive Knights Templar.
For me this was a slow read. Seemed an accurate templar telling, but I did not find it at all exciting. Interesting, but it did not keep my attention.
This is one of those books that you continue to slog through because the history is fascinating. However, it is by no means a page turner. I originally thought the book would cover the entire history of the templars (hundreds of years) due to its size, but it covers just the very beginnings. I did find the history very interesting and if you like historical fiction, you may, too. Just be prepared because it is not a fast read. I will give the second book a try.
I just couldn't get into this book. there is no intrigue or action, I did not get through to the first 100 pages because it read more like a life saga than a templar book. I wish I could have enjoyed it because there are not that many newer templar book out there and I enjoy the templar story. But every time I thought about picking it up to read it I found anything else to do.
Great read, some excellent theories about early christianity and the beginning years of the Templar.
I picked up the book because the main character Hugh is my 24x great grandfather. It was an enjoyable book but at times seemed to drag on.