“I liked this book, lots of fighting and going behind someones back”Lise C wrote this review Monday, July 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Rather disappointing but I think only because I have read another couple of Robyn Young's books, both of which have been excellent. This is another rather typical Templar conspiracy of which I have read many and suppose have grown tired of the idea now. This is not a bad book, I have read much worse, often but at the same time it is not outstanding and having read insurrection and renegade by the same author I can tell you that they are far superior. That said if you have not really read about the Templar's then this could very well be the book for you.”Raymond Walker wrote this review Wednesday, August 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved it. Hope to read the other two books in the trilogy, if I get a hold of them.”Surani N wrote this review Tuesday, November 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“historical fiction”Annie Joines Prentice wrote this review Saturday, January 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“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. ”
“It is a good book but an adult one”Sam G wrote this review Thursday, November 11, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The book that got me started on Templar history. Now I am hooked on the templars and any historically based fiction revolving around historical, religious, archaeological mysteries.”Ruth M wrote this review Tuesday, August 10, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Looking forward to reading the series...”Jennifer B wrote this review Wednesday, July 28, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A great read set during the Crusades.”CBF wrote this review Thursday, December 3, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No