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The Youngest Templar: Orphan of Destiny

Author: Michael P. Spradlin
Release Date: October 2010
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group
Source: Received ARC at SDCC

The Story

The last book in The Youngest Templar trilogy starts out where the last one left off – with Tristan, Robard and Maryam trying to cross the channel into England. This book takes us through England, into Scotland, on Tristan’s journey to bring the Holy Grail to the head priest in the order that protects the Grail. On this quest, we don’t only make a detour into Sherwood forest, where we meet Robard’s band of Merry Men in their attempts to survive under the increase of taxes that the Sherif of Nottingham keeps trying to enforce, we also watch as Sir Hugh as he tries to become the possessor of the Holy Grail.

The Response

Okay. So. Seriously? People need to read this trilogy. If you only finish one trilogy this year, it should be this one. It is one of my favourite of YA trilogies I have read in a long time. Now, please excuse me whilst I go an snuggle all three books for a few moments.

I have been waiting for this since I finished the second one back in December – and I’m so so sorry for all of those who have to wait until October to get their hands on this book, and I really wish you could all get it so much sooner, because this final installment is GOOD. Very, very good.

It wraps things up oh-so-nicely, and there’s so much action, and we get to discover what we always suspected about Tristan, and the Merry Men show up, and there’s so much heartbreak, and the good triumphs over evil, and yay! So much good stuff about this that I’m having a hard time knowing exactly where to start.

Okay, maybe I’ll start with the Merry Men. Will Scarlet shows up! And I remember meeting Little John in the series before realizing how much Robin Hood there was in them, so I don’t remember even connecting him to the rest of it. And how did I not see Brother Tuck as Friar Tuck? And the way Robard unites them all to stand up to the wimpy Sheriff, well, it’s just brilliant. May have brought tears to my eyes when all the townsfolk who were sick of the Sheriff just showed up in Sherwood.

In fact, Robard turned out to be one of my fave characters in the book. And when we were at SDCC, Spradlin was one of the authors on the YA angst panel, and he mentioned that Robard was one of his favourite characters to write. I can definitely see why. He’s such a fun character, he has such a fun sense of humour, and is so impetuous… And he’s Robin Hood, who, let’s face it, is awesome.

And the story about Tristan, it was so awesome to see how things ended up working out. I will admit that a couple of times I was surprised by how things turned out. While I had a suspicion about Tristan’s upbringing, it was good to know that I was a little wrong. I like it when authors can surprise me! I don’t want to say too much more, but let’s just say that what Tristan decided to do with his upbringing was definitely the best choice, and wasn’t something I had considered he would do. It was very awesome.

How many times have I used the word “awesome” so far? Hmm. I need a bigger vocabulary.

And once again, I have to say how much I love the fact that there’s a strong kick-arse female in this trilogy. I don’t like wimpy characters, so the fact that Maryam is an assassin who has a tendency to save the boys when they are in trouble. Yes, this trilogy is good for guys because of the action and whatnot, but it provides a strong female character for any girls who would pick it up. And those strong kick-ares females who don’t priss out are always so wonderful to come across.

And look, if you’re waiting with baited breath for the third book, you can read an excerpt here!

The Bottom Line

Yay this was awesome! Loved it! Finished the trilogy so awesomely, what ended up being one of my fave YA trilogies/series/whatever in a long time. If you haven’t started this trilogy yet, why not?! You should. It’s awesome.

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Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 11:29 am July 31, 2010.
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  • Teresa (Chrissy)

    Did you say Robin Hood? I’M SO THERE!