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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Canada (Aug. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670045136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670045136
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16 x 4.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #307,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Scott Willis on Sept. 3 2006
Format: Hardcover
Ah, after finishing his Roman/Arthurian series (which is quite brilliant and one of my favourite series) I patiently waited for the first of his Templar books to arrive. It did arrive and I quickly devoured it. What a beginning, and I say that because I realize this is a trilogy and so what we get here is the very beginnings of another generational story (as it begins in 1099 at the formation of the knights templar, and we know from history that their demise did not occur until October on Friday the 13 of 1307 I believe). We get introduced, like the first two books of "A Dream of Eagles", to the forefathers of the story, Hugh De Payens, Godfrey St. Omer, and Stephen St. Clair (along with the other of the original 9 knights Templar). We spend the first quarter of the book in the company of the first two fellows, and the latter part mostly with St. Clair, and though you can feel the switch, which I think had to happen, you still fell as you did in Eagles Brood when Luceia and Publius took the back seat and role of teacher. It is very much the same here. Where as the earlier two fellows are very thoughtful about EVERYTHING they do, St. Clair is in turn reckless to a degree, and I liked that. The main female character in this one is the King of Jerusalem's second daughter Alice, and boy oh boy do we love to hate her. She is dripping with such nastiness. She is a very strong character, but in that villainous way.

Long story short, this book takes ideas from Holy Blood Holy Grail about what the grail actually IS and makes them rather fresh, because I think we ALL know now that the chances that it is a cup are slim to none, so this story is timely, for we have never before heard the story of the Templar knights, and if their story is half as intriguing as A Dream of Eagles was to Arthur, then we have begun something extrordinary.
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The history and story were knit beautifully throughout the book. Very good character development and great descriptive visuals for location.
If the next two books are as good as the first I will be buying more of Jack Whyte's books.
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By Christine on July 20 2013
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This was a gift but the recipient was happy with it. And it completed his set! He was excited to complete it.
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Mr. Whyte does a very fine job is the blending of historical events and Knight Templar history - very good research. Those wishing to learn factual based knowledge about the Knights Templar will be disappointed as this book is as stated - fiction. It does offer the reader, as in my case, a great read and is a real page-turner. I sailed through all three. He did a great job, leading me to purchase some of his other works. He has matured in this series compared to his last.
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I have read a few things about the Knights Templar over the years, as have many of the other reviewers here. To those of you who read every word of Holy Blood/Holy Grail: my hats off to you. I painstakingly read the first half and forced myself to skim the second half just to be able to say I read it - dry -dry -dry!

I am not quite done Knights of the Black and White but I am a little miffed by the hijacking of the story by Princess Alice and the sudden maturing of Stephen St. Clair when he is being interviewed by Bishop Odo; maybe I missed it, but it seemed the young uncertain boy becomes the savvy politico in the space of heartbeat. I recognized this as the turn that will wind down to the end of the book; and maybe it will all come out in the wash.

The foundation of the book is masterfully written, imbuing historical characters and events with personality and colour; allowing the reader to follow history as it unfolds through the eyes of lovable, or less-than-lovable in the case of Bishop Odo and Alice, characters.

Jack Whyte's command of the English language and grammar is impeccable. Nothing more need be said on that account.

All in all this book is a good read and brings ideas to light that require some pondering in this modern age of ours where God has not failed us but religion has.

Steve Bonin - Toronto
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By bookworm on Sept. 4 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Loved this book...can hardly wait for book 2...If you enjoy reading on Templar history you will probably enjoy this book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By RLH on Nov. 27 2006
Format: Hardcover
Don't be swayed too much by connections to Holy Blood, Holy Grail - this book is storytelling at its best - the things that little boys dream of - knights in shining armour and ladies - well 'lady' aka alice is a stretch...Lincoln's blood/grail is a treatise which at times reads like fiction - but that's as far as it goes - it's not good fiction and it does 'go on' at times -

I'm not a fast reader and i've finished this is a few days.

I have been to France a dozen times in the past several years and i ve read many (all?) the books associated with the Magdalene myth as well as the Cathar legend - although interesting, i found many of these books poorly written (read grammar!). Whyte writes using the Queen's English. He uses correct grammar and his vocabulary is extensive as is his knowledge of early Christianity, the Muslim world and the history of the first crusade. I can't wait for the next book in this series. I've just discovered Mr Whyte, so in the meantime, i ll get his other books.

I highly recommend this very enjoyable saga.

richard harrop (toronto)
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