Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Review: Trail of Fate (Youngest Templar 2) by Michael P. Spradlin


As a templar, young Tristan is entrusted to protect the Holy Grail. But it is the Grail that protects him as he escapes the Holy Land—and the evil Templar Sir Hugh—and washes up, alone, on a foreign shore. Before long, Tristan's adventures put him in danger, caught in the fighting between a heretical band of Cathars and the king of France, and still on the run from Sir Hugh. Tristan's only chance to save the Grail is to make his way to England. But when he falls for Celia, the beautiful leader of the Cathars, his loyalty to the Grail wavers. And when Celia becomes endangered, Tristan is torn, forced to make a choice—and the wrong one could have disastrous consequences.

  • Pub. Date: October 2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
The Elliott Review:

This book continues Tristan and company's quest to protect and safely deliver the Holy Grail. This installment is even more action-packed than the first, and it becomes more interesting as the characters develop and more vital characters are introduced.

Upon meeting Celia, Tristian becomes completely enamored. She is so sweet and noble and somewhat defenseless without him, that he swears an oath to protect her, which in some ways contradicts his quest with the Grail. Meanwhile, Robard and Maryam, despite their tendency to pick at one another, truly come to care deeply about each other. These feelings amongst all the characters lead to complications that threaten the safety of the quest. I love the way we get to see these characters in action.

Of course, Sir Hugh and his schemes are involved, and some major hints are given about Tristan's origins. The book ends on the questioning note, leaving the reader wanting to find out more - the Grail aside, just who is Tristan and what is going to become of him? What choices will he be forced to make in the future?

Source: Thanks to Tracey at Media Masters for providing a copy for a fair review.

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