Temple of the Grail is a critically acclaimed best seller translated into four languages.
Heresy, Hypocrisy, Murder....
Situated high in the Pyrenees the monastery of St. Lazarus is a forbidding place. Behind its ramparts and battlements it hides a secret so dangerous its keepers will kill to protect it.
At the end of a bitter winter, a delegation headed by the ambitious Inquisitor Rainiero Sacconi arrives to investigate the monks of St. Lazarus.
A Templar knight and his young scribe are sent by the king of France to oversee the investigation. When monks begin to die in gruesome ways they must unravel the secret at the heart of St. Lazarus, but with the Antichrist at their heels and the inquisitor watching their every step, they find themselves drawn into a fight, not only for their lives, but also for their souls.
Temple of the Grail is a tour de force for history buffs and fans of the medieval detective genre.
©2004 Adriana Koulias (P)2016 Adriana Koulias
The best so far!
I love history and medieval murder mysteries so this was right up my alley. I liked how well written this book is and the atmosphere created by the author. It is really well paced and darkly mysterious with great descriptions and dialogue and memorable characters. I couldn't stop listening to Matthew Lloyd Davies.
Christian and Andre were my favourites. They were perfect. But there are so many good characterisations in this book: Asa and Eisik and the inquisitor, the avaricious bishop - all captured with skill and warmth. Matthew Lloyd Davies has certainly grasped the book's atmosphere perfectly. With all the latin and so many characters it was a tour de force! I hope he does the other three books by Adriana Koulias because I will buy them.
The end moved me deeply.
This is historical fiction at its best and narrated in a very sensitive way. I have read the book before and this narration has brought it to life!
"A Wondrous Story!"
I love murder mysteries and this one is a cut above the rest. Full of historical authenticity which never gets in the way of the story, but makes it rich, like a tapestry. Adriana Koulias' writing is very visual and the narrator was so good I felt like I was watching a movie. I was sitting on the edge of my seat.
I love Christian. There is a Christian in all of us, part young man, part old man, doubtful, faithful, loyal to his master, but also questioning everything he does. I love the way that though he was only a scribe, he was always the one to figure out the most important clues. I also love Andre, a man who rests his entire life on reason, but realises at the end that it does not always provide a steady footing.
My favourite scene was the argument between the different prelates during dinner which is found later in the book. I laughed out loud!
Yes. Definitely. I found myself having to stop listening to go to sleep. And then found I couldn't sleep because I was wondering what was going to happen next!
I recommend this book for those who want to listen to an intelligent story that is touched with mysticism and esotericism. Those who want to savour the atmosphere and millieu of the Middle Ages will love this book and the narrator who I think is impeccable in his characterisations. I can see this being a movie one day.
"Enjoyed this historical mystery"
Suspenseful Medieval Swashbuckling
Atmospheric murder suspense and mystery
Yes, but had to break it up due to time.
"Interesting story well performed"
Temple of the Grail is an interesting mystery novel interlaced with fairly in-depth theological discourse. I enjoyed both, although some of the latter may have been lost in me. Initially I thought the narrator somewhat irritating, but I came to appreciate the main character as well as the many other voices used - almost a one man play.
The narrator brings the characters to life in an almost palpable way.Adriana' s insights are both profound and timely.
"wonderful gift of perennial literature"
I was uncertain of this book, that it would be hollow, but I was satiated to discover it was full of treasures. If you appreciate thrillers, esoterica, hidden history, or just good writing, get this book soon. It is worth more than a credit I can safely say.
"A Great Whodunnit!"
Yes, because this book is so well written and so beautifully narrated.
I loved all of it, but if I must choose some moments I would say that the conversations between Christian and Andre are priceless. The mystery at the heart of the book was completely unexpected and satisfying.
My favourite scene comes at the end with Christian and Andre, it was very moving.
Sherlock Holmes meets Thomas Aquinas in this smouldering tale of religious fervour, greed and murder!
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a compelling intelligent murder mystery, history buffs and those who love good writing and excellent narration. Matthew Lloyd Davies brilliantly captures Adriana Koulias' prose. This book is a must!
"Secrets from the Past"
Definitely reminded me a bit of "Name of the Rose." It is quite an interesting yarn...one can read it on the surface but there is so much substance too with many mysteries beckoning.
The vision of the initiation of Christian Rose-Croix
I like them all but Setuba was very well dramatized.
Yes, both. Visions of the past touch one and awakens oneself to one's own memories.
May be that this book is best read through before listening to it. As I said, it has a lot of substance and one would benefit from a deeper acquaintance with the content before listening. Highly recommend if you are interested in this subject. The reader is fantastic.
The narrative was a little weird. The story wasn't the strongest either. Stay true to the period but characters came across a little silly. Almost like it was written for children.
"The Name of the Rose ish"
Afairly decent read, but might have been better w/o the obvious mirroring to The name of the Rose... Although happpening a century or so before that novel it is quite similar... Replace the studious monk w/ a Templar preceptor... The mystery is intriguing, but I felt like I was always one step ahead which took some of the engagement out of the reading experience... Nice characters, and historical setting... Good narration, but the german accent is a little too Hogan's Heroes... A more perceptible departure from Eco woulda made this a much better book and earned a 4*...
"Fun story bad dream sequences"
I really liked this book and found it to be Sherlock Holmes type mystery set in the Middle Ages during the inquisition. It took me a little while to get interested in the book mainly because I didn't understand the direction it was going in. Once I figured out it was a murder mystery I started to enjoy it more. The only part I didn't like were the squires dream sequences. To me they didn't have any effect on the story and they were very nonsensical. I eventually started skipping them.
This book was supplied to me at no cost in return for an unbiased opinion by audiobook boom.
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