Monday, December 29, 2014

The Youngest Templar: Orphan of Destiny (Book 3) by Michael Spradlin

Even though Tristan and his friends escaped Sir Hugh in France, it seems that every stop they make in England was ravaged by Sir Hugh and his men, including the total destruction of St. Alban's monks and monastery. Tristan knows he must eventually face Sir Hugh. And when Tristan's band arrives at the intended monastery in Scotland, Sir Hugh and his forces are waiting for them. Tristan must rely on his courage, his determination, and his friends to help him finally complete his quest of protecting the Holy Grail.

Orphan of Destiny is a satisfying, well-written end to Spradlin's Youngest Templar trilogy. Readers will see the friendship and teamwork, born in the first book, come into full bloom as Tristan, Robard, and Maryam face any challenge. Aside from the three teens' growing comradery, readers will also see more characters and elements of the Robin Hood legend come into play, like Little John, "Brother" Tuck, and Sherwood. A well-researched but action-packed story that deftly mixes history and legend into a fascinating read.

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