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“With Templar, Jordan Mechner combines true flair for classic adventure with a firm grasp of medieval history, for an unforgettable tale of love, gold and glory. And Pham and Puvilland bring their strong individual style to bear on 14th century France with gorgeous art that is both clean and lush at the same time. Put them together and you've got yourself a winner. Michael Curtiz should have been so lucky.” ―David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, creators of HBO's "Game of Thrones"
“The creative trio of Mechner, Pham, and Puvilland got their high-adventure story rolling with Solomon's Thieves (2010). What wasn't apparent in that first volume of the planned trilogy was how deeply into historically weighty territory the story would cut . . . [That history] constitutes a searing, sobering counterweight to the story's high-wire derring-do and jovial camaraderie. Add to all that a nifty Ocean's Eleven–style caper, outstanding artwork, and enough romance to get the heart invested, and you have an epic adventure comic for the ages.” ―Booklist (starred review)
“A wholly engaging and entertaining mix of medieval history, political intrigue, and cinematic thrills in a swashbuckling heist adventure . . . Mechner's (Prince of Persia) tight plot never misses a beat, and the book is a definite page-turner. His passion for the subject is reflected in the story's adherence to actual events and settings, ably visualized by husband-and-wife illustrators Pham and Puvilland, whose art lends itself well to the stirring narrative. It's a rollicking good time and a real gem of a book, well worth the wait and price.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A 480-page graphic novel and one of the most perfect representations of what the term means . . . The enormous work has a strong protagonist with complex and even conflicting goals, a wealth of secondary characters with their own goals and stories, and a rich background in a troubled world. It even comes with a selected bibliography and a discussion of further reading. Not many other graphic novels go to that length. Mechner gives a human face to one of the most whispered-about and objectified organizations in Western history: the Knights Templar.” ―Jeff Provine, BlogCritics.org
“Templar is a beautifully executed historical thriller written by famed game designer Jordan Mechner (who created Prince of Persia) and drawn by Leuyen Pham and Alex Puvilland . . . A classic caper story filled with glorious and horrible swordfights, skullduggery, torture, romance, banditry, piety, bravery and treachery. I came to this not knowing much about the Templars and caring about them even less, but found that once I picked the (massive) book up, I couldn't put it down. This is some great and exciting storytelling.” ―Cory Doctorow (author of Homeland and Little Brother)
Really enjoyed this book, very streamlined in plot and doesnt dawdle around unecessarily. Recommend recommendedPublished 3 months ago by Mark Dinhobl
Another great work by Jordan Mechner. Missing 1 star because some parts are quite stereotypical/predictable.Published 3 months ago by Aswin A.
A amusing long-form graphic novel. Well crafted, well constructed. Not "amazing", but pretty good!Published 15 months ago by Daniel Klein
Who could ask for more? It's like watching a 1940s historical action film; and it reads in about the same time. Plus it contains a lesson about water seeking its own level.Published 16 months ago by J. Wood
A great graphic novel, reads smooth and yet the pictures show the story. This would be a fun adventure movie. Its almost 500 pages and yet I wish it was much longer.Published 23 months ago by erikcc
It's always nice to discover a graphic novel that's actually a "novel" and not just a rebound comic book series. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Michael K. Smith
I had borrowed this book from my local library. I enjoyed the story so much that I just had to buy it! Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by J. Bowman
Templar is a fantastic historical novel that also happens to be a great graphic novel as well. I've read many novels about the Knights Templar, and Jordan Mechner is easily at the... Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by Dan Donovan