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Templar

Mechner, Jordan (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Martin isn't exactly the most steadfast or pious knight, but he does manage to escape when the king of France and the pope massacre the Templars and steal their legendary treasure. In fact, Martin rises to the occasion. He rallies a small force of surviving Templars, and together the band hatches an audacious plan ... to steal the world's greatest treasure out from under the king's nose.
Authors: Mechner, Jordan
Title: Templar
Publisher: New York :, First Second Books,, 2013
Characteristics: vi, 473 pages :,color illustrations ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: written by Jordan Mechner ; illustrated by LeUyen Pham & Alex Puvilland ; color by Hilary Sycamore and Alex Campbell
Contents: Book one. Solomon's thieves. The fall ; "I have told the whole truth..." ; The secret
Book two. The Bishops. The fortress ; The innocents ; Saint-Antoine
Book three. The Grail. The plan ; Solomon's treasure ; The river
Summary: Martin isn't exactly the most steadfast or pious knight, but he does manage to escape when the king of France and the pope massacre the Templars and steal their legendary treasure. In fact, Martin rises to the occasion. He rallies a small force of surviving Templars, and together the band hatches an audacious plan ... to steal the world's greatest treasure out from under the king's nose.
Additional Contributors: Puvilland, Alex - Illustrator
Pham, LeUyen - Illustrator
ISBN: 9781596433939
1596433930
Branch Call Number: ygn MECHNER 2013
Copyright Date: copyright 2013
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: France History Philip IV, 1285-1314 Treasure troves Comic books, strips, etc Templars Comic books, strips, etc
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction
Graphic novels
Adventure stories
Topical Term: Treasure troves
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May 13, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Feb 02, 2014
  • forbesrachel rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Jan 22, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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:
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"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."
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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.
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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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