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The Vault of Bones (Brother Petroc #2)

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  77 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Who will own the greatest treasures of all...? In the darkness of 13th Century Europe, the most precious wonders of the Christian world lie in a small church in the great ruined city of Constantinople, the spoils of a failed Crusade. The crown of thorns, the spear that pierced Jesus' side, the shroud bearing the imprint of Christ - all lie in the mysterious Chapel of Pharo ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published 2008 by Orion Books (first published 2007)
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Keith Currie
Another roller-coaster adventure story set in the Thirteenth Century, featuring the same relic hunters as the author's Relics. The fast moving narrative ranges from London to Rome to the ruins of Constantinople under the Franks and concludes in Venice. The story is delightfully complex with interesting characters in a fascinating period of history. Better, I think, than the first in the series: a meatier more plausible plot, very well done.
Although (according to goodreads) this took me 43 days to read, I really quite enjoyed it. The story is set between Italy & Constantinople during the 13th Century and follows Petroc an ex-novice monk on his quest to sell holy relics. This is really simplifying the story as it's full of murder & intrigue all set during a very interesting time in history. If you like CJ Sansom you'll definitely like this too.
I really enjoyed this. Quite a slow read but builds up very well. Characterisation is good and about right for the period. Set in the 13th century and between Italy and Constantinople. The plot moves along well and the setting seems real and matches the period. I can see folk giving up as it is a slow start - but that makes it quite enjoyable.
Alon Hirsch
Loved it!
Thrilling and very well crafted.
Couldn't put the book down.
Bryan Richard
What an exciting action-packed read. I enjoyed every page of it. In one sense it seemed slightly similar to Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code". Yet in so many other ways it was totally different. I would highly recommend this book.
Medieval adventure/mystery read involving the attempt to sell holy relics and a lot of bloodshed.
Always like it when they get to Constantinople
8/10/2013 1 of 20 books @ $10
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Pip grew up in South Devon. He studied medieval history at London University and later worked as a reader for a literary agency when he wasn't dabbling as a bike messenger, saxophonist, food critic, gardener and restaurant owner. He now lives in Vermont with his wife and children.
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Other Books in the Series

Brother Petroc (4 books)
  • Relics (Brother Petroc, #1)
  • Painted in Blood (Brother Petroc, #3)
  • The Fools' Crusade (Brother Petroc, #4)
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