The Last Crusade

(Knights Templar #6)

by S.J.A. Turney

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As Arnau and his battle-weary Templars head home from battle, they face a new, insidious challenge: one seemingly from within the Order of the Temple itself.

Word reaches them that the stronghold of Rourell is under the command of a new preceptor, but why?

Surrounded by old friends, Arnau must now face enemies of his past, and present. This time the rot goes deep – and high. From gilded palace libraries to blood-soaked sieges, this is a fight that will test him like never before…


I suppose that the Knights Templar coming to an end can be seen, from a certain point of view, to be a good thing. For certainly this will allow the author to concentrate solely on Praetorian and Marius Mules, the other two excellent series that have not come to a final conclusion. But, then again Simon is probably cogitating on three new projects, which seen from a certain point of view is also a good thing. Now, as to The Last Crusade, I can safely assure my fellow legion of Turneyites that it is a more than worthy final act. In this tale we find Arnau fighting uphill battle after uphill battle against forces so evil, so contrary to the Templar world; a world that seems to be crumbling before his eyes. Only his faith, a sorely tested faith, can see him through situations he could never have imagined against enemies that should never have been his foes. Sorry to see it end, but Knights Templar has been a joy to read. 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A Brightness Long Ago

by Guy Gavriel Kay

A Brightness Long Ago


International bestselling author Guy Gavriel Kay’s latest work is set in a world evoking early Renaissance Italy and offers an extraordinary cast of characters whose lives come together through destiny, love, and ambition.

In a chamber overlooking the nighttime waterways of a maritime city, a man looks back on his youth and the people who shaped his life. Danio Cerra’s intelligence won him entry to a renowned school even though he was only the son of a tailor. He took service at the court of a ruling count–and soon learned why that man was known  as the Beast.

Danio’s fate changed the moment he saw and recognized Adria Ripoli as she entered the count’s chambers one autumn night–intending to kill. Born to power, Adria had chosen, instead of a life of comfort, one of danger–and freedom. Which is how she encounters Danio in a perilous time and place.

Vivid figures share the unfolding story. Among them: a healer determined to defy her expected lot; a charming, frivolous son of immense wealth; a powerful religious leader more decadent than devout; and, affecting all these lives and many more,  two larger-than-life mercenary commanders, lifelong adversaries, whose rivalry puts a world in the balance.

A Brightness Long Ago offers both compelling drama and deeply moving reflections on the nature of memory, the choices we make in life, and the role played by the turning of Fortune’s wheel.


It is hard for me to find the right words to convey how remarkable a writer Guy Gavriel Kay is. A Brightness Long Ago is a masterpiece of interlocking story lines. It is a masterful display of how he brings out the utmost in his characters; those heart pounding, heart stopping emotional ties. Even those moments when you want to cry out in anguish at a particular passage, you can’t help but admire the brilliance in the sadness. A definite page turner, and certainly worthy of 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Fall of Kings – Legend of the Cid Book III by Stuart Rudge

Book Title: The Fall of Kings

Series: (Legend of the Cid, Book 3)

Author: Stuart Rudge

Publication Date: February 5th 2021

Publisher: Independently Published

Page Length: 406 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Castile. 1071AD. Three kings. One crown.

After Sancho II of Castile dispatches his champion Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar to capture his brother, King Garcia of Galicia, he hopes it is a defining moment in his quest to reunite the lands of his father under one banner. But Alfonso VI of Leon is one step ahead, and has already added the lands of Galicia to his domain. When the only alternative is war, Sancho turns to Rodrigo to lead the armies of Castile, and he must use all his tactical acumen to defeat the Leonese in the field. Only one son of Fernando can claim victory and become the Emperor of Hispania.

Rodrigo and Antonio Perez, now a knight of the realm, find difficulty adjusting to the new regime. Dissent and unrest run rife throughout the kingdom, and the fear of a knife in the dark from enemies old and new hangs heavy upon the pair. But if it is allowed to fester, it threatens to undo all that has been achieved. Can Rodrigo and Antonio root out the enemies of the king, and prevent chaos reigning throughout the land?

The Fall of Kings in the breath taking third instalment of the Legend of the Cid.

About the author

Stuart Rudge was born and raised in Middlesbrough, where he still lives. His love of history came from his father and uncle, both avid readers of history, and his love of table top war gaming and strategy video games. He studied Ancient History and Archaeology at Newcastle University, and has spent his fair share of time in muddy trenches, digging up treasure at Bamburgh Castle.

He was worked in the retail sector and volunteered in museums, before working in York Minster, which he considered the perfect office. His love of writing blossomed within the historic walls, and he knew there were stories within which had to be told. Despite a move in to the shipping and logistics sector (a far cry to what he hoped to ever do), his love of writing has only grown stronger.

Rise of a Champion is the first piece of work he has dared to share with the world. Before that came a novel about the Roman Republic and a Viking-themed fantasy series (which will likely never see the light of day, but served as good practise). He hopes to establish himself as a household name in the mound of Bernard Cornwell, Giles Kristian, Ben Kane and Matthew Harffy, amongst a host of his favourite writers.

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