This book follows on from, and yet is almost entirely separate from, the first volume in this particular series by Paul Doherty. Drawing on his historical insight, Doherty creates a wonderful narrative set towards the end of the civil war that struck England during the twelfth century.
Faced with the presence of a traitor within the ranks of the Temple, our protagonist, one Edmund de Payen (a descendant of the founder, Hugh de Payne), is tasked by the Grand Master to find the source of evil that exists within the ranks of knights, serjeants, and other members. Having to journey to England to do so, along with other members of the Templar Order, our hero eventually finds the malefactor and fulfils his commission.
This is an engaging story replete with historical references that are entirely in keeping with scholarly work. The story as it unfolds is certainly entirely possible and represents an acceptable explanation of the accepted historical facts as they are known.
Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in the historical period or in the Templars.