The Brethren by Robyn Young

January 16, 2009
By Jessica Wyatt, Coon Rapids, MN

The book The Brethren by Robyn Young is an epic rendition of a young boy and the knight’s templar. It follows the life of William; a young man plagued his whole life by duty, and his desire to become a knight. Distractions from the fair-haired Elweyn only further complicate his things, and as his life slowly takes form, the author unveils twists that you never expect to occur. I found out after reading The Brethren, that it is part of a trilogy that Young decided to create while writing The Brethren.

Portrayed through a distinctive two-tone narration the book also zeroes in on the existence of a certain former slave, Baybars Bundukari, whose highest priority is to demolish all Christians. All this take place during what we know more commonly as the crusades

Overall I found this novel to be an extremely riveting read, in which the historical aspects were obviously heavily researched and only further enhanced your ability to really place yourself in the book. Young definitely captured the ultimate struggles, both external, and internal that the story focuses on. From the timeless tug-of-war between responsibility and desire, that is depicted as seemingly unreachable to balance, to that which Will personally deals with involving friendship and true judge of character.

From action to romance, the story line is impossibly complex in its adverse dynamics, and blatantly well planned in its exciting train of thought.

If you’re itching for a captivating read, don’t hesitate to pick it up. Its plot was constantly in motion, and I found myself reading nonstop until I’d flipped the last page and rested my eyes upon the back cover. Every once in a blue moon, its possible to find yourself becoming easily distracted on a couple of parts when Young decided to get a little to descriptive for my particular attention span, which is not very encompassing. But, as long as you stick to it, and FORCE YOURSELF to read through those sparse areas, you’ll uncover an immensely enjoyable read that is definitely worth you’re time.

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I am a woman from Cambodia.

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