Publisher's Summary

Temple of the Grail is a critically acclaimed best seller translated into four languages.
Heresy, Hypocrisy, Murder....
France, 1254.
Situated high in the Pyrenees the monastery of St. Lazarus is a forbidding place. Behind its ramparts and battlements it hides a secret so dangerous its keepers will kill to protect it.
At the end of a bitter winter, a delegation headed by the ambitious Inquisitor Rainiero Sacconi arrives to investigate the monks of St. Lazarus.
A Templar knight and his young scribe are sent by the king of France to oversee the investigation. When monks begin to die in gruesome ways they must unravel the secret at the heart of St. Lazarus, but with the Antichrist at their heels and the inquisitor watching their every step, they find themselves drawn into a fight, not only for their lives, but also for their souls.
Temple of the Grail is a tour de force for history buffs and fans of the medieval detective genre.
©2004 Adriana Koulias (P)2016 Adriana Koulias
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5 out of 5 stars
By Elrond on 16-02-2016

What a book!

Where does Temple of the Grail rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The best so far!

What did you like best about this story?

I love history and medieval murder mysteries so this was right up my alley. I liked how well written this book is and the atmosphere created by the author. It is really well paced and darkly mysterious with great descriptions and dialogue and memorable characters. I couldn't stop listening to Matthew Lloyd Davies.

Which character – as performed by Matthew Lloyd Davies – was your favourite?

Christian and Andre were my favourites. They were perfect. But there are so many good characterisations in this book: Asa and Eisik and the inquisitor, the avaricious bishop - all captured with skill and warmth. Matthew Lloyd Davies has certainly grasped the book's atmosphere perfectly. With all the latin and so many characters it was a tour de force! I hope he does the other three books by Adriana Koulias because I will buy them.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end moved me deeply.

Any additional comments?

This is historical fiction at its best and narrated in a very sensitive way. I have read the book before and this narration has brought it to life!

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5 out of 5 stars
By rita de cassia on 02-07-2016

A Wondrous Story!

What did you love best about Temple of the Grail?

I love murder mysteries and this one is a cut above the rest. Full of historical authenticity which never gets in the way of the story, but makes it rich, like a tapestry. Adriana Koulias' writing is very visual and the narrator was so good I felt like I was watching a movie. I was sitting on the edge of my seat.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love Christian. There is a Christian in all of us, part young man, part old man, doubtful, faithful, loyal to his master, but also questioning everything he does. I love the way that though he was only a scribe, he was always the one to figure out the most important clues. I also love Andre, a man who rests his entire life on reason, but realises at the end that it does not always provide a steady footing.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favourite scene was the argument between the different prelates during dinner which is found later in the book. I laughed out loud!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. Definitely. I found myself having to stop listening to go to sleep. And then found I couldn't sleep because I was wondering what was going to happen next!

Any additional comments?

I recommend this book for those who want to listen to an intelligent story that is touched with mysticism and esotericism. Those who want to savour the atmosphere and millieu of the Middle Ages will love this book and the narrator who I think is impeccable in his characterisations. I can see this being a movie one day.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 17-02-2016

Enjoyed this historical mystery

If you could sum up Temple of the Grail in three words, what would they be?

Suspenseful Medieval Swashbuckling

What did you like best about this story?

Atmospheric murder suspense and mystery

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but had to break it up due to time.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Su L on 17-04-2018

Too much!

Ok if you hold a degree in Latin or are familiar with the workings of Catholicism. Not to my taste I’m afraid.

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