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Brethren by Robyn Young

Brethren (edition 2007)

by Robyn Young

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Authors:Robyn Young
Info:Plume (2007), Edition: 1, Paperback, 496 pages
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Brethren: An Epic Adventure of the Knights Templar by Robyn Young



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While I liked the story I didn't like any the characters. ( )
  KarenDuff | Jun 1, 2016 |
Brethren, the first novel in British author Robyn Young's Brethren trilogy, follows young sergeant Will Campbell from the Templar fortresses of London and Paris to the Templar strongholds of Acre and Antioch in the Holy Land as he seeks not only to recover an important book stolen from the Paris Temple, but also to discover himself. Brethren also chronicles the rise and rule of the powerful Egyptian Sultan Baybars, whose fate will ultimately have him cross paths with Will Campbell.

In Brethren, Young paints a vivid portrait of the inner sanctums of the Knights Templar and brings the medieval world to life. I also thought Young did a very good job of developing each of her characters, whether they were principal or secondary ones. Although this novel was Young's first, I think it read more like the work of a veteran writer than that of a debut author.

The story itself was broad in scope and held my interest throughout and, while I initially found some story lines a bit disconnected from the main plot, by the end I thought Young did a good job of bringing all the various story lines together and, in so doing, laid a solid foundation for the second novel in the Brethren trilogy, Crusade.

I definitely recommend this book to readers interested in historical fiction about the Knights Templar and the Crusades, as well as those interested in historical thrillers. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the trilogy. ( )
  Melissa_J | Jan 16, 2016 |
  rouzejp | Sep 2, 2015 |
A strong start to an interesting retelling of 13th Century Outremer. Descriptions of combat and fortification are a bit limited, but character development is solid. Looking forward to the next addition to the trilogy - although a bit worried that the author covers too much time in a single work. ( )
  bdtrump | May 9, 2015 |
It took me a while to get enough of the story to begin to recognize the characters and their different story lines - at times it felt a little too broad a sweep with so many characters. I found Will somewhat irritating - too self-centred by far until the last few chapters. I realize that some of that came from a point of immaturity on the character's part, but as he grew and experienced more he didn't seem to get much better until the events near the end of the book. I also felt that I never really got to grip with Baybars and where at first his motivations seemed understandable, as the story progressed I seemed to lose the grasp I had. I'm going to leave it a while before deciding whether to continue with the series. ( )
  Peace2 | Feb 20, 2014 |
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Pre nego što mladi Vil Kembel konačno zauzme svoje mesto u moćnom redu vitezova templara, suočava se s dugim, napornim periodom šegrtovanja pod budnim okom prekog učenjaka Everarda. Dok ulaže neizmerne napore ne bi li podneo surovu disciplinu templarskog reda, Vil mora i da pronađe objašnjenje za svoju tragičnu prošlost i opaku misteriju koja okružuje Everarda, ali i za zbrkana osećanja koja gaji prema Elven, nepokolebljivoj mladoj ženi na koju ga život, čini se, neumitno upućuje.

U međuvremenu, na Istoku je zasjala nova zvezda. Bivši rob Bajbars, nemilosrdan borac i izvanredan taktičar, izrastao je u jednog od najvećih vojnih zapovednika i vladara svoga vremena. Bajbarsa, progonjenog neprozirnim senkama detinjstva, goni neodoljiva želja da oslobodi svoj narod evropskih zavojevača.

Vilu i Bajbarsu suđeno je da ukrste koplja kao vitez templar i muslimanski ratnik u tom silovitom sudaru civilizacijâ o kojem se na zapadu i danas govori kao o – krstaškim pohodima.
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One young knight, bound by faith, driven by valour, begins a quest to protect a secret that could change the course of history irrevocably.

A richly detailed, epic historical adventure set in Paris, London, Egypt, and Palestine on the eve of the last Crusade, Brethren tells the story of a young knight’s search for a mysterious (and potentially deadly) book belonging to a secret organization within the Knights Templar.

When young Will Campbell joins the most powerful organization in Europe, The Order of the Knights Templar, he finds himself drawn into a world of intrigue and danger. He is charged with recovering a heretical book stolen from the order’s vaults—but what Will doesn’t know is that the book, in the form of a Grail Romance, hides the covert plans of a secret group within the Temple known as the Anima Templi: the Soul of the Temple. Whoever controls the book controls the fate of the Templars—and it seems that everyone around Will is ready to kill to possess it.

Brethren also traces the rise of Baybars Bundukdari, an ambitious commander in the Egyptian army, who, after assassinating the sultan, takes control of Egypt and Syria. The two stories come together during Baybars’s campaign for a new Holy War that will cripple an empire and bring the Crusaders to their knees.

Cleverly combining two narratives—East and West—author Robyn Young gradually reveals the many links that bring two great cultures to war, creating a multifaceted world of sultans, troubadours, priests, and knights; strong-willed women and foul-mouthed murderers; sieges, battles, courage, and betrayal. With nail-biting battle scenes, a wonderfully complex villain, and an encyclopedic grasp of historical detail, Brethren brings this fascinating period vividly alive.

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Will has been brought up from boyhood in the ways of the all-powerful Order of the Knights Templar. With a tragedy in his past that looms over his future, he faces a long, hard apprenticeship to the foul-tempered scholar Everard, before he can have any chance of becoming a Knight.… (more)

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