It is obvious that the author has spent a lot of time researching the Knight Templars. The book itself, though it contains a lot of action, at time acts as a textbook to teach the reader about the various Templar sites through the conversations of its characters, Robin Jessop and David Mallory. While I found it interesting, it also slowed down the pace of the story. Also, the characters are supposed to be experts in the field so I don’t think they would be explaining this stuff to each other. Several of their long conversations were purely for the benefit of the reader.
The book mentioned previous run-ins that Jessop and Mallory had with the Dominicans so I’m pretty sure this book is part of a series (I haven’t looked it up to confirm this). This may also explain why I didn’t quite bond with the characters. The author may have developed the characters in the previous books and hadn’t felt it necessary to do so in this book. I didn’t feel that there was anything special about these characters.
Some of the highlights of the book included the historical bits about the Templars and the puzzles that Jessop and Mallory have to solve. My favorite part of the book was the author’s notes at the end about how the some of the settings in the book were real places related to the Templars.
This is a decent book and while the book was a fun read, I am not motivated to read the other books in the series.
This book will be published October 3, 2017. I received an electronic ARC from First to Read in exchange for my honest review.