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Martin is one of a handful of Templar Knights to escape when the king of France and the pope conspire to destroy the noble order. The king aims to frame the Templars for heresy, execute all of them, and make off with their legendary treasure. That's the plan, anyway, but Martin and several other surviving knights mount a counter-campaign to regain the lost treasure of the Knights Templar. With gorgeous illustrations by LeUyen Pham and Alexander Puvilland and lush coloring from Hilary Sycamore, this 480-page, full-color, hardcover graphic novel by Jordan Mechner is itself a treasure.
Publisher: New York : First Second, ©2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781596433939
Characteristics: 473 pages :,colour illustrations ;,23 cm


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Dec 31, 2017

Could not put it down, very good!

Dec 03, 2017

This fictional romantic heist story is deeply rooted in medieval history. The richly detailed background setting covers the dramatic dissolution of the Knights Templar during the 14th century with great historical accuracy. But this tale is pure fiction because it involves the infamous lost treasure of the Knights Templar, which remains a mystery to this day!

Nov 20, 2015

Excellent story telling coupled with great artwork. Not a quick read; expect to dog-ear it several times. Great adventure with a love story thrown in the mix.

KateHillier May 13, 2014

This one had a very Road to Eldorado vibe to it with some disreputable types pulling off a treasure hunt. Except of course for the fact that these are Templar knights on the run from capture, torture, and death.

Martin and his friends are just your average guys in the Templars. They've signed up for various reasons, some purer than others, but all consider themselves apart of this big, Christian family. Then, all of a sudden, they are wanted men and the order is being accused of all kids on heinous things. The author states in his preface that he had seen no story or movie about that particular event and certainly not from the point of view of your average knight. It's an adventure story with this terrible backdrop but it brings all the relationships, fraternal and otherwise, to the front that much more. These people are quick to turn on each other when faced with death or torture, but there are also those who stand together. The price they pay for that is sometimes the same in the end so the question is how would you rather face that?

Heavy but lighthearted all at once, Templar is a great and satisfying read about a brotherhood that falls but also about how it endures and survives the fires too.

forbesrachel Feb 02, 2014

The once mighty are betrayed and broken. For their faith the Templars are rewarded with an unjust trial and death, at the hands of the King of France.

At the height of their power, the Templars had such wealth that the King desired it for himself and his flagging coffers. The graphic starts here, at the point in history where he discredits and tries the whole order, even torturing the innocent into giving false confessions. For the few that escape, they are hunted and alone, resorting to the very acts of moral ambiguity that they swore against doing, just to survive.

For the most part we follow the story of Martin, who unsuccessfully tries to hold to his ways, ends up participating in theft, yet ultimately redeems himself in some ways.

The author equally splits the narrative between those on trial, and those who plan the greatest theft of the 14th century. A gritty style captures despair, and a tough reality, but some good-natured comrades, and a love interest prevent the tone from becoming too heavy or dark.

Most depict the Templars at the height of their power, while others look at those treasure seekers who hunt for what they hid. To see their downfall is not only refreshing, but is a perspective that makes them very human.

JCLChrisK Jan 22, 2014

This is a dense graphic medieval adventure, a heist story set during the eradication of the Templar order. Unlike most stories involving the Templars this one isn't so much a conspiracy as the real history, spun slightly for fun. From the author's preface:
"Then, one October dawn in 1307, the King of France ordered the simultaneous mass arrest of all Templars in his kingdom--15,000 of them, from the lowliest serving brother to the Grand Master himself. The Templars were hauled before the Inquisition and accused of witchcraft, heresy, sodomy--the most evil crimes in their world. It's as if the FBI were to raid the U.S. Marines, confiscate their weapons and assets, and arrest every soldier on charges of treason and terrorism."
Martin is one the rank and file soldiers who manages to slip through the cracks and survive as a fugitive in hiding. Then he discovers that the order's treasure is hidden in a secret vault somewhere and decides he'll steal it from the French King as a way of getting vengeance. He finds a few like-minded companions, and the adventure begins.
An excellent balance of weighty, serious history with fun storytelling, and top notch illustrations from Pham and Puvilland. A most worthy read.


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Jan 10, 2018

Great book!
If you want to read both of his books, then I suggest read the other one first, as the stories in this book are pretty much the same, just much more detailed and longer.

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