I've been on a Crusades binge for several months, reading quite alot about this period. I read mostly non-fiction, but like to pick up the eyecatching novels, as well.
I saw Brethren and the 2nd in the series at the library, and thought this could be a good one. Unfortunately, the story didn't really do it for me. It was OK and had its moments, but overall too much sap and not enough Templar v Saracen intrigue. Seemed to me that Ms Young was more interested in telling a story about trust lost and love out of reach. That's fine, but not what I'm looking for. The Anima Templi storyline was a decent idea, even if just a knock off of others' Priory of Sion threads. Brethren, though, seemed to give us only the set-up for the following books.
3 stars for some good sequences in an otherwise ploddingly-paced story and good historical context, but I've already decided against the sequels....Continua