Yesterday, we heard from Tristan of St Albans, and now we bring you our review. Bookbabbler Jonathan has been reading the first two books in Michael Spradlin’s Youngest Templar series – Keeper of the Grail and Trail of Fate.
The Youngest Templar: Keeper of the Grail – Michael P. Spradlin
Keeper of the Grail is the first book in the Youngest Templar series. It is set in the Middle East during the Crusades. The main character, Tristan, was left with some monks as a baby. He has no idea who his parents are. Now sixteen years old he lives with some monks in St. Albans, but he has no intention of becoming a monk; so when Sir Thomas and some other knights arrive he leaves withTristan has to train for a year before he is allowed to accompany Sir Thomas to the crusades as the youngest Templar (the name given to all those going to the crusades). After several adventures he is entrusted with the task of taking the Holy Grail to safety. He has to fight Sir Hugh, Saracens, the Hashshashin – deadly assassins – drunks and bandits and even the king’s guards to get the Grail to safety. Can Tristan succeed with the help of two unlikely friends?
Learn more by reading this book! I think this is a great adventure book and, although it does have a slow start, it will probably keep most people reading like crazy! Convince your parents to buy it for you by telling them it is good for learning more about the Crusades! I think my rating for this book is 9/10.
The Youngest Templar: Trail of Fate – Michael P. Spradlin
This is the second book in this series and follows straight on from Keeper of the Grail. Tristan, the brave, selfless hero, with his two friends Robard, who is a crack shot with a bow, and Maryam, the amazing fighter, are stranded in France after a ship wreck. The loyalty of Tristan’s friends is tested and Sir Hugh is hot on their heels in his search for the Holy Grail. Then Tristan decides to help the beautiful Celia, leader of the heretic Cathars, in their struggle. Can Tristan help Celia? Will Sir Hugh capture the Grail?
This book is even better than the first in the series as it plunges straight into the action, which I found very exciting. It would not be good to read this book unless you have already read Keeper of the Grail, as the plot would not make sense. My advice is to buy them both; they are fantastic. I can hardly wait for the next book in the series!
Thanks, Jonathan! Tick Tock books tell us that the third and final book will be published next summer, and thanks to them for sending us review copies.