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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
A perfect blend of history and fiction, The Templars, Two Kings and a Pope: A Historical Novel of Spirituality and a Covert War by Grigor Fedan relates the history of the Templars last years through the life and adventures of William Montfort. As a young man with pure devotion to the Church, William is disappointed by the hypocrisy he sees and is given the opportunity to better serve the Lord. After becoming a Templar Knight, William embarks on a journey to the Holy Land in search of his uncle who has a secret that will change Christianity. Unfortunately, many people would kill to keep this secret hidden and it takes William and his many connections significant effort and hardship to succeed. From the English countryside to the deserts of the Middle East and back to the courts of kings and noblemen, William learns what true devotion to the Lord is. Will he be able to keep the secret safe so it can be shared or will it die with the Templars?
With dramatic action on the battle field, intrigue among the members of the king's court, and secret plots by the Templars, the reader receives a wonderful history lesson woven into the excellent narrative of a fiction story. The Templars, Two Kings and a Pope: A Historical Novel of Spirituality and a Covert War by Grigor Fedan offers a rather detailed look at the history of England, France and the Papacy in the 13th century in an engrossing fictional narrative that makes the reader cheer and cry along with the characters. Absolutely brilliant! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and felt as though I was living right along with the characters. The author's combination of history and fiction struck the perfect blend.