Sir Law Kintour 1: The Templar’s Cross – J. R. Tomlin


Hello friends!

I finished this one over the summer but for some reason, I haven’t come around to write the review for it yet so I thought I should do that on this perfectly normal Tuesday. Well, normal enough I suppose. I’m still trying to get used to the fact that I turned 25 years old last week. It just seems a bit strange to be halfway to 50 and my boyfriend enjoys reminding me that I’m halfway there. Anyway, the synopsis is borrowed from Goodreads:

Sir Law Kintour has returned from the war in France crippled, broke, and in need of a patron. In desperation, he reluctantly accepts a commission to find a nobleman’s runaway wife. He enlists the help of a fellow Scot with whom he escaped after their defeat at the Battle of Verneuil. But his friend is murdered, and Law discovers he has been lied to. As the murders continue to mount, powerful interests come into play. When the Sheriff of Perth considers him a convenient scapegoat, it gives Law no choice but to untangle the lies and find the killer or hang for the murders. 

The Templar’s Cross wasn’t, in my opinion, a very well executed story. It fell short for me when I felt, as I started reading it, that it had so much potential. From the beginning, I found it confusing with many characters, unfamiliar names and although some of it was cleared up throughout the read it was still a somewhat poor start on the reading experience. In this perspective, I believe that since this is the first book in a series the reader might learn something in the future books but after reading the first one I’m not really motivated to continue with this series. I read this on my Kindle and I found several typos in the book which always annoy my inner grammar Nazi. I think one of the reason why these things annoy me is my interest in history and whilst I don’t doubt that there has been some form of research completed ahead of the writing of this story it just fell flat for me in the way descriptions, both of people and the areas surrounding the story, was carried out. I’m well aware that it is an historical fiction and thus not based on reality but I’ll argue that if you are to write historical fiction then your reader should feel brought back to the time where the story is set and this one just didn’t do that for me, sadly. I do believe thought, that a person who is looking for an entertaining read with some action will find this quite enjoyable! Every reader for its liking after all.

However, the plot of the book was good. Quite hard to figure out who the culprit was but I found the build-up towards the end a bit confusing however it became clear whilst the story trudged along. To me the build-up presented itself kind of like a quilt that hasn’t been thought through before the quilting started. It became a neat quilt in the end but some of the pieces were everywhere from the start whilst some of them were attached or semi attached to each other from the beginning. There was also a plot twist thrown in which was amusing but I found it to arrive a bit early to the party for my liking. However, the plot twist brought more sense to the story for me so it’s early arrival shall be excused! I did also enjoy that it was a map at the beginning of the book because that made it easier for me to visualize the book’s story as it progressed. This map helped me a lot when I was confused and lost during the story. Besides, it was fun to see what Perth looked like back in the days!

The Templar’s Cross was an easy and quick read. It didn’t quite live up to my expectations but that happens sometimes and I still firmly belive that if you’re looking for an entertaining read with some action then you’ll really enjoy it! It is an historical fiction after all so if you are a fan then check it out!

Published: 2015

Genre: Historical mystery

Theme: Templars, conflict, fiction

– The Book Reader

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