The year is 1191. A daring counterattack against the Saracens’ last-ditch effort to relieve the besieged city of Acre has not only saved the Christian host from a fatal defeat; it has also brought the leader of that counterattack, English Templar Michael Fitz Alan, to the attention of King Richard the Lionheart.
In the days that follow, the king charges Fitz Alan with a life-or-death mission – to recover the long-lost Holy Lance, a religious relic widely believed to be responsible for the near-miraculous success of the First Crusade.
The ensuing quest leads Fitz Alan and a hand-picked band of Templars on a journey deep into enemy territory, where they battle Saracens, Assassins, hostile Christians and even a traitor within their own ranks as they seek to return the Holy Lance to Christian hands and thereby ensure the success of the crusade.
Andrew Latham’s The Holy Lance is the first in The English Templars series. A stellar debut novel, the story is a military historical fiction that centers around a band of Templar Knights charged by Richard the Lionhearted to find a holy relic.
Though the lance the band hopes to find is steeped in religious zeal and superstition, The Holy Lance ground the Templars in history and doesn’t get distracted by the legend or romance generally associated with these knights. Instead, Latham pays close attention to the details of the Third Crusade and gives the reader a realistic glimpse into the men and motivations of the time.
Thoroughly researched with a tightly woven plot, The Holy Lance weaves history and suspense into a gripping read.