Templar

Templar

THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR Revered for their nobility, their ferocity in battle, and their religious devotion, the Templars were knights of God, free of sin and pure of will. Well, MOST of them. 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, THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR Revered for their nobility, their ferocity in battle, and their religious devotion, the Tem...

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Title:Templar
Author:Jordan Mechner
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Genres:Sequential Art
ISBN:Templar
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:473 pages pages

Templar Reviews

  • May
    Jan 26, 2015
    Having read the first book (Solomon's Thieves) of this 400+ page graphic novel late last year, I was simply relieved that my public library purchased the entire book as I cannot find a listing for either books 2 or 3 mentioned anywhere. Yes, this is a lengthy graphic novel, but don?t...
  • Kimberly Francisco
    May 05, 2013
    This is a beautiful, well-written book. It's published for the adult market, but would be a great read for high schoolers (though there is some nudity - butt and breasts). Full review: http://www.stackedbooks.org/2013/06/t... ...
  • Mark
    Jun 15, 2013
    Highly entertaining account of a dark period in history, the politically motivated arrests and trials of the Templar knights, a legion of highly trained and devout soldiers who fought the Crusades. The novel presents a great balance of historical fact and creative license, and the pref...
  • Kara
    Aug 08, 2013
    So, yeah, I said I wasn?t going to read this, but forget I had already put a hold on at it at the library, so when it came in, I figured, ?might as well?? Mechner is a script writer and computer game designer and it really shows. This story would have made a good movie o...
  • April
    Jan 19, 2013
    Templar by Jordan Mechner appealed to me mainly because it made me nostalgic for my nerdy past. Seriously, the Knights Templar are hella interesting ? even without all the conspiracy stuff and I say that as someone who was able to fill a 15 page paper on the subject of the Templars i...
  • Dergrossest
    Jan 01, 2014
    If there is any more fertile foundation for a story than the Knights Templar, I do not know what it is. Holy and profane, soldiers and businessmen, saviors and slaughters, the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon were the sword and shield of Christianity for almost ...
  • Forrest
    Jul 14, 2013
    See the original review as posted on Newsarama on July 15, 2013 here: http://www.newsarama.com/18369-best-s... Jordan Mechner is probably best known as the person responsible for creating the acclaimed games and movie; yet, his new graphic novel, Templar, fully demonstrates his abi...
  • Hilary
    Jan 10, 2014
    The combination of graphic novel format and Knights Templar as the focus of the story will appeal to a solid reader base. However, although the artwork is consistent and the pacing is reasonable, the nearly 500-page volume provides little insight into the actual brotherhood of the Knig...
  • Kate
    May 11, 2014
    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...
  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    May 06, 2019
    My friend Kara gifted me this graphic novel when she was done with it, and it's an interesting read, but I'll definitely be passing it along as well. Templar has a really cool plot and the art's fantastic. My only issue is that I felt no connection to the characters, aside from the sol...
  • Pamela
    Jul 03, 2013
    *sigh* I think I am the only person in the world who did not like this book. That's okay with me. I was really looking forward to reading Templar. Not only is it a :01 book (oh me, how I love that publisher! Wicked good graphic novels!), but it's also focused on the "ordinary" m...
  • First Second Books
    Aug 08, 2013
    The first thing to know about Jordan Mechner's TEMPLAR is that it's giant. We publish a lot of graphic novels that are around a hundred pages -- and sometimes they even get up to two hundred! That is not this book. It is four hundred and eighty pages long. The second thing to...
  • David Schwan
    Jul 10, 2013
    Nicely done graphic novel giving a possible story about the missing treasure of the Knights Templar. Focuses on a small group of Templar's who eluded the imprisonment of the Templar's. While fictional this book avoids the conspiracy side of the Templar's story. Nice graphics. ...
  • Kendal
    Feb 27, 2013
    It is going to be very difficult to find the words to describe how many I love this book; but, I?m going to try. Everything about this book is amazing. From the story, to the characters, and to the powerful images, this is a perfect book. I found it to be incredibly rich in historic...
  • Jonathan Maas
    Sep 27, 2017
    Cinematic Feel, Historical Epic In this graphic novel from Jordan Mechner, the guy behind Prince of Persia, both the game and the movie - we take on the Templars during their fall. Mechner chooses not the main Templars, but the anonymous ones, choosing to witness the fall of thes...
  • Sesana
    Feb 26, 2013
    This is quite a hefty graphic novel. Fortunately, there's plenty of content to justify the length. Set in the early 14th century, Mechner shows the downfall of the Templars from the perspective of some of the rank-and-file, guys who ran while they could. These aren't the Templars of As...
  • Garrett
    Dec 14, 2017
    Sad and funny and poignant and action-packed, this GN Templar adventure belongs on a shelf next to Eco and every other "plausible Templar conspiracy" extant; Mechner extrapolates from a passage about "people of no importance" on the run after October 13, 1307 and makes them the central...
  • Heidi The Reader
    Oct 28, 2016
    Templar: a graphic novel about the dissolution of that famous order and the struggle for the legendary treasure that they left behind. A couple of weeks ago, I read the first book in this series and I enjoyed it more than this complete volume. It was the ending that diminished my enjoy...
  • Zedsdead
    Jul 05, 2013
    A fictional heist/adventure tale set amidst the brutal true-history dismantling of the Knights Templar in 1307 France. It reads like Ocean's Eleven meets Schindler's List. Apparently the King of France was heavily in debt to the Templars and jealous of their wealth and popularity. I...
  • Nicolas Pratt
    Jan 19, 2016
    An interesting depiction of the events surrounding the Templars. Great illustrations and an easy and exciting story to follow. ...
  • Jamais
    Jun 12, 2013
    The Templars will always be one of the most mysterious groups despite what we learn about them. Martin is a dyed-in-the-wool //Templar//, with an almost naïve belief in his sect. This belief is all but shattered when the Templars are captured under suspicion of doing some nefarious de...
  • Juliette Arnheim
    Feb 17, 2019
    I read the French translation of this Bande Dessinée as part of a French medieval history class, and it was a fantastic choice. The fictitious characters drive the story but there is lots of real history of the era of Philip le Bel of France and his attempt to wrest power from the Chu...
  • Jory
    Mar 01, 2015
    3.5 --Love the premise here that it's the men who don't follow all the rules who often survive history (as shown by the Templars that are the protagonists here). The end came fast, and was sort of heartbreaking, really, but there wasn't enough time given for that to all sink in. Also w...
  • Jacob Mclaws
    Jan 31, 2017
    Alex Puvilland quickly became a new favorite comic artist as soon as I started this book. I liked the story and the setting a lot too. Kind of a Dumasian French adventure with flawed heroes and heists. ...
  • Ted Henkle
    Jun 21, 2018
    It's been almost a year since I wrote a book review. The reasons are twofold: First, I don't have the time anymore to produce content about what inspires my gaming and writing. And second: What I've read since last summer has been mediocre at best. Nothing has really wowed me. Until...
  • James Murphy
    Feb 22, 2019
    I noticed "Templar" being prominently displayed in the graphic novel section of the local library. What got me to take a look at it was the front-cover blurb from "Game of Thrones" showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss: "An unforgettable tale of love, gold and glory..." Intrigued, ...
  • Adrianna Covert
    May 17, 2018
    Pretty gosh darn good. One of the most entertaining graphic novels I have ever read, although the pace was a tad slow at times. I really loved the simplicity and color of each panel, gorgeously illustrated. The back of the book even has a bibliography in case one wishes to read non-fic...
  • William Mallory
    Nov 14, 2017
    I am a fan of the artwork of LeYuen Pham and was very familiar with her work on children's picture books. I was curious to see how she would handle a more complex story. The tale of the fall of the Templars with all of its schemes and double-dealing is a tragic one and ultimately re...
  • Codepoetz
    Jul 29, 2018
    This fictional romantic heist story is deeply rooted in medieval history. The richly detailed background setting covers the dramatic dissolution of the Knights Templar during the 14th century with great historical accuracy. But this tale is pure fiction because it involves the infamous...
  • Clare McCarthy
    Jul 20, 2019
    Templar is a heist story coupled with an historical snapshot that is unfamiliar to most readers. In both of these efforts, it is successful and fun. The Knights Templar have fallen out of favor, and the political machinations of the Pope and the King of France are conspiring against th...