Washed up on a foreign shore, Tristan is lucky to be alive. As before, it seems to be a miracle- the Holy Grail the young Templar squire is protecting has saved his life yet again. But now he is lost in a strange land, and he doesn't know if his friends, the fiery archer Robard Hode and the Saracen assassin maid Maryam, still survive. Tristan's knack for getting into trouble is alive and well, though, and he quickly finds himself drawn into a conflict between a heretical band of Cathars and the oppressive King of France. With his duty to the Grail pulling him back toward Britain, Tristan finds himself falling for the beautiful leader of the Cathars. And when he chooses to help her in her people's hour of need, Tristan risks not only himself but his friends and the Grail itself on a quest that may prove to be a disaster.
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by Michael P. Spradlin
by Joseph Benner
by Paul Christopher
by Michael P. Winship
by Frank Kermode
by Jaroslav Pelikan
by Bernard Knight
by Rene Descartes
"Sweet and smooth as English toffee is Paul Boehmer's narration of the first novel in Spradlin's trilogy. The boyish anticipation that Boehmer gives Tristan, the hero of the story, is palpable. But Boehmer falls short in his vocal portrayals of the other characters in this story. His undistinguished depictions of these characters threaten to be confusing for teens and young adults, who may struggle to visualize the story as it unfolds. In the first of the series, the youngest Templar, Tristan, follows Richard the Lionheart into battle in the Holy Land during the Crusades. When the Christians are defeated, Tristan is given the task of returning the Holy Grail safely to England. Along the way, he makes friends, and enemies, as he struggles to fulfill his promise. J.P.D. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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