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Temple Of The Grail
I was mesmerized by the characters and their ulterior motives but could visualize them and the monastery much like a movie I so enjoyed the journey of truth seeking, sleuthing, and ongoing "higher understanding. Looking forward to reading more from this author! One person found this helpful. From the very start, one is transported into times gone by and so one gets to know the characters, their weaknesses, and strengths, the intrigues, and secrets. The secrecies and conspiracies make it a dangerous world, but one feels there is more to be discovered than just these outer hidden truths.
Almost without noticing this hidden world starts to reveal itself through the boys dreams and gradually his visions become as real as the outer circumstances. A sense of wonder leaves one with the certain knowledge that a door has been opened just a little way into a world more wondrous than just finding answers to the human intrigues of the past. There is much to be discovered still! And when one listens to the narrated version of this interesting book, the voice, and interpretation of Mathew Lloyd Davies make each character come to life vividly and one experiences the historical settings and the people as if one is present oneself.
His narrating style is excellent. The wisdom that is revealed to the reader if he or she has ears to hear is indeed brought in a worthy manner. The tale grabs you right at the beginning and you are led on a dangerous and spiritual path to discover the truth hidden within the walls of St. Lazarus Monastery located in the Pyrenees. You will enjoy reading the story of Andre, a Templar prefector and physician, his squire, Christian, and his friend, a Jew, Eisik, as they search the monastery and find themselves questioning the role of knowledge, wisdom, hypocrisy, faith, and evil.
A wonderful story and a tale which promotes thoughts and questions as you move through the monastery to discover truth. Read it and find yourself within the walls of St.
Temple Of The Grail (Rosicrucian Quintet, book 1) by Adriana Koulias
Lazarus searching for truth or submitting to superstition for the inquisition of could always be brought forth today Temple of the Grail by Adriana Koulias is a book which I wanted to read slowly to savor but which I could not put down. I raced through it in wonder at the writer's breadth of knowledge and skill in expression. Set in thirteenth century France during the efforts of the established church to completely wipe out all people who followed the divergent doctrine of the Cathar version of Christianity.
The story is told by Christian, squire to Templar Knight Andre who has been attached to a party of the Inquisition sent to investigate a little known and isolated monastery set high in the Pyrenees Mountains. There are several murders which Andre and Christian must puzzle out against the wishes of the Inquisitor as well as the resident monks.
Each new deduction increases their danger and the interest in the story remains high until the final violent end. This is a book which will delight anyone who enjoys historical fiction by an author who is well versed the time period about which she writes. Mystery and murder intertwined with faith and religious fervor.
Knowledge and wisdom in the service of the advancement of science putting at risk the lives of the Templar knight, his squire and a religious community. Political and economic gains at the service of fanatical, corrupt brutes threatening the lives and souls of the seekers of truth and light. Highly recommended and well written.
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This book was a joy to read -- the writing is to be slowly savored; the tale is of the Indiana Jones variety but with no modern-day characters. The characters themselves were not literally believable -- clearly they are good guys or bad guys -- there is no doubt you're reading fiction here -- but they are superb and memorable fictional characters.
I got a bit lost in some of the reasoning that led to the solutions -- had the feeling the editor must have told the author to cut it short -- but that was ok. The genius and his apprentice were able to solve mysteries that I wouldn't have. A superbly written story. I am looking forward to reading the other books by Ms. I highly recommend this book for people who like to take their time reading and who like reading about the middle ages.
This work is written by the hand of a scribe in service to a Templar Knight in search of truth and knowledge. The scribe and his master are included in a group of the faithful and an Inquisitor to find the relics hidden by the Cathors in a mountain monastery.
Temple of the Grail
Murder, mystery, and secrets mix to make this volume a page turner. Just have a good dictionary with you while you read. The author, Andriana Koulias, strived to keep the language authentic, resulting in a number of old English words where no other word would do. It is a very slow start but almost halfway in the book, it picked up where I can't put the book down.
As soon as the author reveals all the character. See all 97 reviews. There's a problem loading this menu right now. It is from these musings that the drama of monastic life unfolds. No wonder this life was, and to a lesser degree still is, a tangle of ritual, rumor, superstition, and petty intrigue.
The catalyst here is the Inquisition. The presence of the petty self righteous individuals who hold your soul, your life, and your peaceful death, An ephemeral foundation Some live life as voyeurs, intimately parsing each imagined act until they believe they have experienced and yet; they have no anchor in reality. The presence of the petty self righteous individuals who hold your soul, your life, and your peaceful death, in their whimsical hands, haunted the unstable.
This is a great setting for mystery and historical reinterpretation. Although I found the pace of the story was slow to a fault, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was well written, scholasticaly researched, and imaginatively told. As a former resident of a monastery, I revisited the protective isolationism, spiritual peace, personal sacrifice, and disdain for every intrusive event. The candid insight in the minds and mannerisms of the sacrificial religious is reason enough to value this book.
The twisted plot and characters are an added bonus. Jul 25, Yvonne rated it it was amazing. The tale grabs you right at the beginning and you are led on a dangerous and spiritual path to discover the truth hidden within the walls of St. Lazarus Monastery located in the Pyrenees. You will enjoy reading the story of Andre, a Templar prefector and physician, his squire, Christian, and his friend, a Jew, Eisik, as they search the monastery and find themselves ques Templars. You will enjoy reading the story of Andre, a Templar prefector and physician, his squire, Christian, and his friend, a Jew, Eisik, as they search the monastery and find themselves questioning the role of knowledge, wisdom, hypocrisy, faith, and evil.
A wonderful story and a tale which promotes thoughts and questions as you move through the monastery to discover truth. Read it and find yourself within the walls of St. Lazarus searching for truth or submitting to superstition for the inquisition of could always be brought forth today Oct 27, Keith Vandenbergh rated it it was ok Shelves: Temple of The Grail had a very good story line but somehow lost it in the writing.
The plot was an interesting combination of the Cathars, Knights Templar, murder, and the inquisition. It would be really moving along at a good pace to a perceived mini-climax and the author would stop for a few pages of overly descriptive dreams or musings. I ended up with the feeling that a great story would have been a few thousand words shorter. Sep 12, Edward rated it really liked it. The use of language in the writing here is spectacular, the characters are compelling, and the plot is very effective.
The only reason I don't give it five stars is that there is too much dream sequence and some "overwriting" of internal dialogue. At least I call it over-writing - historical fiction is not my usual fare and both the things that are cons for me may be pros for others. Jul 10, Lindsay rated it did not like it Shelves: I got bogged down in the heavy descriptions in this book, and overly bored so stopped about a quarter of the way through.
Possibly before anything really exciting happened but I couldn't make it any further. Jul 22, Cathy rated it really liked it. Because I have always been interested in history, I enjoyed this book. It reminded me of The Order of the Rose Eco.
This book is the first of a four-part series titled the Rosicrucian Quater. I've already finished the second book in the series and will begin the third soon. Apr 03, Carla rated it really liked it Shelves: I really enjoyed this book. However, it was very deep with details into the faith and beliefs of the early church, and unless you are interested in the alternative views that existed at the time Templar, Coptic, Cathar, Masonic, etc.
Apr 19, Karina rated it did not like it. Didnt get past the opening chapters, couldnt engage with the writers style. Had the sequels ready but didnt bother reading. Apr 25, Julie rated it liked it. It was a long read for the story and a little convoluted at times. But the storyline was interesting and the characters entertaining. Mar 17, Donna rated it liked it. This book was hard to get into, but once the clues to the mystery started appearing, my interest in the story took off!
May 01, David Burgess rated it really liked it. Loved the 13th century monastery setting and the esoteric dimension. Well written Reminds me of "the name of the rose". Somewhat confusing but at the same time enlightening.
Definitely worth reading in a meditative locale. Donna Mathewson rated it it was ok Jan 23, Csgoyette rated it really liked it May 01, Jason rated it it was amazing Nov 02, Karen Janson rated it liked it Jan 12, Lynn E Clay rated it really liked it Dec 02,