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(Solomon's Thieves #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,258 ratings  ·  253 reviews
Revered for their nobility, their ferocity in battle, and their religious devotion, the Templars were knights of God, free of sin and pure of will.

Well, MOST of them.

Martin isn't exactly the most steadfast or pious knight, but he does manage to escape when the King of France and the pope massacre the Templars and steal their legendary treasure. In fact,
Hardcover, 473 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by First Second (first published May 11th 2010)
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Heidi The Reader
Templar: a graphic novel about the dissolution of that famous order and the struggle for the legendary treasure that they left behind. A couple of weeks ago, I read the first book in this series and I enjoyed it more than this complete volume. It was the ending that diminished my enjoyment of it the most, which I won't get into because I don't want to ruin it for anyone, but that was really my issue. Mechner ties up the major plot points, but I didn't like how he did it- at all.

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Heidi The Reader
I almost flipped out over this series today because I went to request the second book and found that it was never published. Not to be deterred, I used my mad librarian skillz and discovered that, after the release of Solomon's Thieves, the publisher bound all of the issues together rather than releasing them one at a time. The continuation to this story is found in the graphic novel: Templar. Crisis averted. And what is this comic about?

Solomon's Thieves is a fun romp through 1300's Paris at th
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a lot of fun. I love historical fiction and reading a novel set in the Medieval Ages is right up my alley!! This 400+ page graphic novel was such a joy to read. The knights, monks and ladies in this were all great characters. There was just enough comedy, battles, love, religion, scandal, and treasure to make it a perfect story.

What really upsets me about the knights Templar is that they were established by the pope and then excommunicated by him based on false rumors of heresy. In the
First Second Books
Aug 08, 2013 marked it as first-second-publications
The first thing to know about Jordan Mechner's TEMPLAR is that it's giant. We publish a lot of graphic novels that are around a hundred pages -- and sometimes they even get up to two hundred!

That is not this book.

It is four hundred and eighty pages long.

The second thing to know about it is that it's a lot of fun!

This book is a crazy heist caper set in the middle ages -- think Umberto Eco's Name of the Rose meets Indiana Jones. It's full of sword fights and lost treasure and narrowly escaping t
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is quite a hefty graphic novel. Fortunately, there's plenty of content to justify the length. Set in the early 14th century, Mechner shows the downfall of the Templars from the perspective of some of the rank-and-file, guys who ran while they could. These aren't the Templars of Assassin's Creed, or any of the other conspiracy-soaked tales they've figured in. These Templars are rooted in historical accuracy.

Which is not to say that this is a documentary. Instead, the focus is on Martin de Tr
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Templar is very well-researched (at least, judging from the afterword) historical fiction about the fall of the Knights Templar in a graphic novel format.

I basically knew nothing about the subject, so I definitely learned a ton from both the story itself and the very informative preface and afterword. However, due to the lack of my familiarity with the subject, all the names, locations, and titles often got confusing. The illustrations didn't help much in that sense because a lot of the characte
Apr 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I guess I should fess up that I'll read pretty much anything published by First Second -- I completely trust their editorial and artistic choices. Which is not to say I love everything they put out, but that I will give it a chance, and generally come away satisfied. This particular book jumped out at me because the cover art seems to indicate the kind of swashbuckling sensibility I have a weakness for, and it has to do with the Crusaders. I grew up the Middle East and have visited ...more
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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A fictional heist/adventure tale set amidst the brutal true-history dismantling of the Knights Templar in 1307 France. It reads like Ocean's Eleven meets Schindler's List.

Apparently the King of France was heavily in debt to the Templars and jealous of their wealth and popularity. In a historically brazen act of treachery he had all the Templars in France arrested one night, charged them with heresy, fraud, idolatry, apostasy, gay orgies, and spitting on crucifixes, tortured confessions out of th
Jonathan Maas
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cinematic Feel, Historical Epic

In this graphic novel from Jordan Mechner, the guy behind Prince of Persia, both the game and the movie - we take on the Templars during their fall.

Mechner chooses not the main Templars, but the anonymous ones, choosing to witness the fall of these warriors from the hidden corners of anonymity.

And what a tale! Mechner brings his cinematic feel to the graphic novel, so adroitly illustrated by LeUyen Pham and Alex Puvilland. There's a bit of humor to ease things thro
Having read the first book (Solomon's Thieves) of this 400+ page graphic novel late last year, I was simply relieved that my public library purchased the entire book as I cannot find a listing for either books 2 or 3 mentioned anywhere. Yes, this is a lengthy graphic novel, but don’t let the length dissuade you.

For the most part, the book was an entertaining swashbuckler. The overall storyline has a good mix of action and suspense with a dash of romance but the political intrigue is quite tepid.
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
If there is any more fertile foundation for a story than the Knights Templar, I do not know what it is. Holy and profane, soldiers and businessmen, saviors and slaughters, the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon were the sword and shield of Christianity for almost 200 years as they fought the infidel from Spain to Syria. Unfortunately for the Templars, the infidels proved to be far less of a menace to their existence (and to Christianity itself) than their fellow Christians ...more
Templar by Jordan Mechner appealed to me mainly because it made me nostalgic for my nerdy past. Seriously, the Knights Templar are hella interesting — even without all the conspiracy stuff and I say that as someone who was able to fill a 15 page paper on the subject of the Templars in college. #humblebrag So, yeah, I absolutely knew I needed to read this book and although it’s fiction, it was well researched and really breathed life into a fascinating bit of history. I mean, come on you guys. Th ...more
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Templars will always be one of the most mysterious groups despite what we learn about them. Martin is a dyed-in-the-wool //Templar//, with an almost naïve belief in his sect. This belief is all but shattered when the Templars are captured under suspicion of doing some nefarious deeds and tortured. Martin escapes but is soon captured and tortured himself. He is sprung so he can help find a treasure. What soon follows is a medieval version of Ocean’s 11, as Martin and his allies must grab the ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
My friend Kara gifted me this graphic novel when she was done with it, and it's an interesting read, but I'll definitely be passing it along as well. Templar has a really cool plot and the art's fantastic. My only issue is that I felt no connection to the characters, aside from the sole female character in the bunch. Admittedly, it's a bit outside of my typical reading, so I liked this quite a bit, but I didn't love it and I doubt I'll remember it too much in a couple weeks. ...more
Jul 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 11 years old and up; Anyone who enjoys adventure and historical fiction in comic book format.
Recommended to L.D. by: Goodreads' Book Giveaways
If I could give out half stars I would rate this graphic novel 3.5 out 5 but since that's not possible I simply rounded up. If I were about six to ten years younger this graphic novel would have definitely rated a solid 4 stars.

The plot is straightforward enough: manipulation of king leading to arrest of noble and good knights for their money leading to a few knights escaping leading to hidden treasure leading to mystery, adventure, and a quest to find and transport the treasure. It's a pretty
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It is going to be very difficult to find the words to describe how many I love this book; but, I’m going to try. Everything about this book is amazing. From the story, to the characters, and to the powerful images, this is a perfect book. I found it to be incredibly rich in historical detail, both in the story and the illustrations. From the first page of the forward where Jordan Mechner compares the Knights Templar to Jedi Knights, I knew I was hooked.. After reading that, I could not put it d ...more
I was really excited when I saw how long this graphic novel was - too often, comics rush through their plots and character development and I couldn't wait to read a graphic novel that was allowed significantly longer space than usual. Templar didn't disappoint. It's action-packed and based on significant historical research. Especially during the last two books, we really get to know the characters, which allows readers to connect with them in ways that, sometimes, characters in comics don't spe ...more
The combination of graphic novel format and Knights Templar as the focus of the story will appeal to a solid reader base. However, although the artwork is consistent and the pacing is reasonable, the nearly 500-page volume provides little insight into the actual brotherhood of the Knights Templar and is a predictable re-hash of a them-us adventure story pitting poor peasants against the evil aristrocracy.

Despite the length of the book, reluctant readers may be drawn to this historical fiction n
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This one had a very Road to Eldorado vibe to it with some disreputable types pulling off a treasure hunt. Except of course for the fact that these are Templar knights on the run from capture, torture, and death.

Martin and his friends are just your average guys in the Templars. They've signed up for various reasons, some purer than others, but all consider themselves apart of this big, Christian family. Then, all of a sudden, they are wanted men and the order is being accused of all kids on heino
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel

So, yeah, I said I wasn’t going to read this, but forget I had already put a hold on at it at the library, so when it came in, I figured, ‘might as well…’

Mechner is a script writer and computer game designer and it really shows. This story would have made a good movie or game with the chases and exposition and treasure hunt, but it doesn’t quite get pulled off in graphic novel format.

Lots and lots and lots of intro and talking and set up and introduction and then plunging into chases and fighti
Highly entertaining account of a dark period in history, the politically motivated arrests and trials of the Templar knights, a legion of highly trained and devout soldiers who fought the Crusades. The novel presents a great balance of historical fact and creative license, and the preface and afterwords offer tremendous bookends to the story. Because of the complex politics that surrounded the trials, there are points when the plot becomes thicker and a little more convoluted. The artwork is inc ...more
Harold Ogle
This is a compelling graphic novel telling the first part of a story set during the end of the Templars at the dawn of the 14th century. In telling the story of a few Templars who escaped the persecution, we see the larger story of the blacklisting first of France and then the Pope. It's a tidy introduction to the history, as well as being an adventure story and showing the beginnings of a heist story to boot. The artwork is evocative and expressive, the emotions conveyed well (aided considerabl ...more
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel

Despite the setting of a massacre, the beginning and the description made it seem like this was going to be a medieval style heist story – lots of planning and robbing the rich and beating complicated security and quips.


It’s all set up – an entire volume and nothing happens. The impetus is the destruction of the Templers, but besides that horrible historical moment, it’s just an elaborate introduction of characters and maybe a little tantalizing glimpse of plot.

Doesn’t stand on its own, and
Mar 01, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 --Love the premise here that it's the men who don't follow all the rules who often survive history (as shown by the Templars that are the protagonists here). The end came fast, and was sort of heartbreaking, really, but there wasn't enough time given for that to all sink in. Also wish I could have been more convinced that the Knights Templar were in the right. Am very interested in the commentary here of history/politics -- there are a lot of things going on in this book, and I did LOVE the ...more
Kimberly Francisco
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful, well-written book. It's published for the adult market, but would be a great read for high schoolers (though there is some nudity - butt and breasts).

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David Schwan
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Nicely done graphic novel giving a possible story about the missing treasure of the Knights Templar. Focuses on a small group of Templar's who eluded the imprisonment of the Templar's. While fictional this book avoids the conspiracy side of the Templar's story. Nice graphics. ...more
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-albums
Alex Puvilland quickly became a new favorite comic artist as soon as I started this book. I liked the story and the setting a lot too. Kind of a Dumasian French adventure with flawed heroes and heists.
Nicolas Pratt
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
An interesting depiction of the events surrounding the Templars. Great illustrations and an easy and exciting story to follow.
Ted Henkle
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's been almost a year since I wrote a book review. The reasons are twofold: First, I don't have the time anymore to produce content about what inspires my gaming and writing. And second: What I've read since last summer has been mediocre at best. Nothing has really wowed me.

Until now.

Last week, on a rare day my wife and I both had off, we ventured to the local library to renew our library cards and to check out what's inside.

While walking past the fringe of the Young Adult section, Jordan Mech
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Jordan Mechner is a game designer, screenwriter, graphic novelist, and author. Widely considered a pioneer of cinematic storytelling in the video game industry, he created Prince of Persia, one of the most successful and enduring video game franchises of all time, and became the first game creator to adapt his own work into a feature film with Disney’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. He also ...more

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