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The Last Emir

(Knights Templar #2)

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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  232 ratings  ·  11 reviews

Risk everything; fight to the last: a taut and intense historical thriller from master author S.J.A. Turney

The relics of Christendom have been plundered during the long Moorish conquest of the Iberian peninsula. Newly minted Templar Sergeant Arnau de Vallbona must recover one of the most elusive to save his priory at Rourell in Spain.

Travelling to Majorca on a stealth m

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Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Published November 22nd 2018 by Canelo Adventure

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Simon Binning
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
The first book in this series - Daughter of War - introduced us to Arnau de Vallbona, a Spanish knight who ended up as a sergeant in the Knights Templar. By the end of that volume, Rourell, the priory he has joined is in a sorry state. It's lands and buildings damaged, it's income much diminished.
One of the remaining Brothers - Balthazar - believes he has a way to improve the situation. Relics are a lucrative business; religious sites who possess them can attract pilgrims; and their money. So Ar
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Joyce
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars

It is the year of 1199 in Spain.

The Priory of Rourell is in trouble. They don’t have a good reputation, even among other Templar strongholds. They are recently unable to attract many recruits which puts the order in trouble of disbanding or even disappearing altogether.

Sergeant Arnau de Vallbona and his trusty, but elderly, sidekick Balthesar are sent on a secret mission to Majorca to retrieve a holy relic – the bones of St. Stephen. However, the island at present is being held by the e
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Derek Wagner
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Maybe I missed something or it was the lack of reading the First book in the series, but I just couldn’t get into this book at all. I felt no enjoyment or interest at all throughout this book. I just didn’t connect with the characters and I felt that the story was very bland. While a lot seemed to happen, I felt like nothing really happened.

Thanks to SJA Turney and Canelo Adventure for providing me with an advanced reading copy.
Paul Bennett
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
BLURB

Risk everything; fight to the last: a taut and intense historical thriller from master author S.J.A. Turney

The relics of Christendom have been plundered during the long Moorish conquest of the Iberian peninsula. Newly minted Templar Sergeant Arnau de Vallbona must recover one of the most elusive to save his priory at Rourell in Spain.

Travelling to Majorca on a stealth mission to retrieve the bones of St Stephen, Arnau soon discovers the raid is more complex than it first appears: the mighty
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Jim
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, net-galley
In the aftermath of a hard defeat at the hands of the Moorish caliphate in Spain, Templar Sargent Arnau de Vallbona is sent on a secret mission alongside the aging warrior and now priest Balthesar to recover the bones of the first Christian martyr St Stephen to island of Majorca off the east coast of Spain. Thinking it to be a fool's errand, de Vallbona soon finds himself, and his aging colleague, in a battle of wits and fights, against a powerful enemy who seeks to end their quest and their liv ...more
Lel Budge
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
MY REVIEW

Set the year 1199 in Spain.

The Priory of Rourell has a poor reputation, which is something what compared to other Templar establishments. Due to this they are unable to get new ‘recruits’ and may disappear into obscurity.

So, Vallbona and his companion, Balthesar are sent on a mission to collect/steal a holy relic from the Island of Majorca, which is currently held by some Almohad, the enemy.

This is an exciting, life or death, will they won’t they drama with plenty of action and the au
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Myta Santiago
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was an absolute thrilling read from start to finish, starting with the quest to find St. Stephen's rumored saintly relic to the fight against the Almohad's prized warrior, the Lion of Alarcos. Left me at the edge of my seat towards the end of the book. Simon Turney is a master of telling the story, especially in The Last Emir, of the Templar knights, giving us an overview of the tumultuous time filled with blood, gore and greed. In the end, the author leaves us with an important lesson: wicke ...more
Robin Quine
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
A fast moving story following the adventures of two knights in their efforts to rescue an ancient relic and to restore the fortunes of the priory at Rourrel. The tension on the island between the knights, the Almohads and the supporters of the Emir is palpable. Descriptions of landscapes are evocative. Details of fights and conflicts are full of exhaustive detail, evidence of the detailed research carried out by the author. Tension comes to an inevitable climax at the end. A narrative full of co ...more
M L Evans
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great follow up

A great follow on tale about the young novice templar knight who, as in book 1, continues his journey of education from another side old master. An intriguing insight in Moorish held Iberia and the islands of spain.
Thomas
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Religious accommodation with moral purpose in ascent

Interesting moment in the “Dark Ages” supported by historically reasonably accurate interpretations. The author in the afterword gives a sense of perspective useful even in modern society. Worthwhile read.
Christine
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the story , although found it to be quite predictable. Historical details are lacking for me or I would have rated it higher. All in all it was a good read
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