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Relics (Brother Petroc #1)

3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  126 ratings  ·  17 reviews
England, 1235, and Brother Petroc is living a simple life as a novice monk. Struggling to keep his soul fairly clean and worrying most about resisting the local girls, he inadvertently stumbles headlong into vicious trap. Framed by a sinister Templar Knight for a brutal murder of a church official and accused of the theft of a priceless relic, he is forced to run for his l ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 22nd 2006 by Orion (first published 2006)
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Keith Currie
This a rollocking adventure story featuring pirates, captive princesses, lapsed holy men, evil one-eyed Templar knights, murder, thievery, deception and lots of mayhem. Its Thirteenth Century setting is well imagined with visits to England, Greenland, France, Italy and an imaginary Greek island. The characters are varied with the heroes attractive and the villains suitably wicked. The impetus of the plot is sustained right to the end with a conclusion that is violent, shocking and very funny all ...more
More adventure story than anything else, although there is murder and mystery involved. Petroc, or Patch, is setup by the Templar, Kervezey, & must run for his life. He turns to an old friend who sends him in search of the trader Monsieur de Sol. Patch finds himself a member of a fierce band of "traders", sailing the world, & in de Sol he finds a man who is also an enemy of Kervezey. Lots of fighting, adventure & camaraderie, and even a love interest for Patch.

Not the sort of thing I
An excellent introduction to this series. Petroc, a young trainee monk has to flee his home, after becoming embroiled in the machinations of a relic hunter and thug. He is sent to join another relic seeker by the librarian at his former monastery,who often has "respectable" dealings with the mysterious Jean de Sol, and his former pirate crew! The first novel follows his adaaptation from trainee momk to sailor and bounty hunter-quite a career change!

The author excels in descriptive narrative-whet
RELICS (Suspense/Adventure/Historical-Brother Petroc-Europe-1235) – VG+
Vaughan-Hughes, Pip – 1st in series
Orion, 2006, UK Hardcover - ISBN: 0752868616

First Sentence: Every drunk is a magician.

Petroc is an 18-years old novice monk. He is waylaid by Sir Hugh de Kerveze and taken to the Cathedral where he is instructed to remove the relic of the hand of Saint Euphemia. Sir Hugh murders a priest, who comes across them in the Cathedral. He blames the murder on Petroc who runs to save his life. Thus a
Although I only gave this three stars I did actually really enjoy many things about this book, the text was easy to read, the characters were both believable, likable and not so likable. It has many of the classic elements of historical fiction thrown in, a Monk ,a Knight, a Bishop, some pirates a Holy Relic or two and even a Princess. Relic is the first book of a series (three books so far), a tale that begins in England 1235.
Brother Petroc, both young and nieve is set up for the murder of a De
Richard Tod
A book that was reasonably well written but had some annoying illogical parts in the plot and too much 'padding out' with unnecessary detail to fill up the pages

In saying all that I will read his other books as the story was enjoyable.
Mar 21, 2012 Louise rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Geraldine
"Relics starts in England in 1235. Brother Petroc, who tells the story, is living a simple life as a novice, struggling to keep his soul fairly clean and worrying about resisting the local girls. Then one evening he stumbles into a vicious trap - and finds himself on the run, framed by Sir Hugh de Kerveze, a sinister Knight Templar, and accused of murder and the theft of a precious relic (the hand of Saint Euphemia)."

A thoroughly enjoyable book if you haven't got anything more important to do. I
Alon Hirsch
Loved it!
Thrilling and very well crafted.
Couldn't put the book down.
Thelma Gabbett
Disappointed with this book the storyline in the back cover didn't match with the nove. The writing was very childlike at times
very enjoyable, will look out for the others in the series.
A very enjoyable first novel from this author and I look forward to reading the sequels. Tons of action and suspense, some colourful characters, a good villain or two and even a bit of love interest - plenty to keep you interested. The author certainly has good knowledge of the medieval era and writes well.

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys their medieval history seasoned with more than a dash of swordplay and a bit of blood-letting!
Linda Murray
I quite liked this book which kept my attention until the end. Judging by the ending there is a sequel. This novel is more fun than serious history,and you need to suspend belief in reality.
Ross Williams
A very disappointing read, not at all what I expected after reading the back cover. The concept was a good idea; unfortunately the writing just didn’t deliver. Use your time to read something else!
Debbi Skeen
I enjoyed this book, maybe because I'd read 2&3 1st and it tied the whole 3 together.
Michael Arnold
Like this a lot. Well written and entertaining.
1 of 21 books for $10. 2/10/12
Quite enjoyed Brother Petroc
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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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