by Jordan Mechner
illustrated by LeUyen Pham, Alex Puvilland
published by First Second
genre: Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction
Summary (Goodreads): Martin is one of a handful of Templar Knights to escape when the king of France and the pope conspire to destroy the noble order. The pope and king aim to frame the Templars for heresy, execute all of them, and make off with their legendary treasure. That's the plan, anyway, but Martin and several other surviving knights mount a counter-campaign to regain the lost treasure of the Knights Templar.
With gorgeous illustrations by LeUyen Pham and Alexander Puvilland and lush coloring from Hilary Sycamore, this 480-page, full-color, hardcover graphic novel by Jordan Mechner is itself a treasure.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this story and the fact that it was a graphic novel even though it was 480 pages. The graphics fit with the feel of the story and added another dimension to it. They kept the story going and kept me interested even when there would have been a lag for a book this long.
The setting of Templar trials was something I am not as familiar with so don't know how accurate this is. Using it as a backdrop was perfect for the criminal/treasure hunter story, mixed in with a little romance and a group of men that have a strange sense of loyalty given everything that is happening around them.
Overall, this was an entertaining read. It had a great premise and graphics that went along well with the story.