The temple and the stone

by Kurtz, Katherine.

Format: Print Book 1998
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The military Order of the Knights Templar was founded during the time of the crusades. Said to possess magical abilities, their original mission was to protect pilgrims en route to the Holy Land. Now, during the final decade of the 13th century, the Templars find themselves deeply involved in Scotland's wars of independence. It is a time of political intrigue for William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and King Edward I of England. Two Templars believe that Scotland's famed Stone of Scone, upon which all Scottish kings are crowned, has lost its magical power. To put anend to strife, they must embark on a dangerous quest to restore the stone's power...and save a noble land.
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Booklist Review: "The creators of the Adept series, each a master of historical fantasy in her own right, take up the nightmarish Anglo-Scots wars of the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. Arnault de Saint Clair and Torquil Lennox, two Knights Templar driven from the Holy Land, are assigned secret work aimed at finding a secure place for their fellowship's fifth temple. That place seems likely to be in Scotland, so the ruthless ambitions of England's Edward I to rule the Scots must be opposed. Meanwhile, the blackest ancient sorcery is working against the survival of Christianity, let alone independence, in Scotland. The tale sprawls more than even its large-scale story quite justifies but is packed with treats for the historical fantasy buff--such things as portraits of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Kurtz and Harris have lost none of their intensely visual quality, though, leading one to hope that this apparent prequel to the Adept will have a sequel of its own, featuring Robert the Bruce and the epic Battle of Bannockburn. --Roland Green"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Kurtz and Harris's Adept series established the authors as reliable voices in fantasy. Here, as in two story anthologies edited by Kurtz (On Crusade, etc.), the subject is the enigmatic Knights Templar, the powerful religious-military order renowned for its role in the Crusades and medieval world politics. This novel's heroes, Arnault de Saint Clair and Torquil Lennox, belong to le Cercle, an initiated inner order possessed of good magic with Hebrew, Christian and Celtic sources. Their goal is to establish a Fifth Temple in Scotland‘but this means Scotland must be free, while King Edward and even fellow Templars seek to institute English rule. Against the magic of le Cercle is set evil, ancient blood-magic, leading to exciting conflicts and a final banishment of the goddess Gruagah and her servants. Yet reviving the Stone of Destiny‘seat upon which all true Scottish kings are crowned‘demands a sacrifice, though a willing one in imitation of Christ. This seamless combination of historical novel and fantasy offers rich background and, especially in the second half, substantial suspense and adventure. The magic scenes will please fantasy readers, while the atmospheric and well-detailed setting holds promise that the novel might cross over to fans of historical fiction. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Templars -- Scotland -- Fiction.
Stone of Scone -- Fiction.
Scotland -- History -- War of Independence, 1285-1371 -- Fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :Aspect/Warner Books,1998
Contributors Harris, Deborah Turner.
Language English
Description viii, 456 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [455]-456).
ISBN 0446522600
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