Knights of the Temple


This is a very short free novella of just over 20 pages. The story line has lots of promise but not enough time to fulfill it.

Sybille is trying to run her family home with little help when a strange and violent knight comes to the gates and kills her two old knights that were left to help her while they were on bended knees before this knight. She is then informed by this knight, Sir Eustache that her brothers are to be brutally trained and she is to become his wife. Though he supposedly shows his softer side, his seduction of Sybille leaves a lot to be desired as I felt it was more intimidation and there being no other choice for Sybille. Yet, she is said to be happy.

This is a short historical that doesn’t quite live up to its potential. However, this free novella may be part of a series and this story may make more sense in that context.

Book Blurb for Knights of the Temple

Sybille de Campion has been raising her three youngest brothers after her family abandons them for Paris. She has her hands full with trying to hold the floundering castle together with only two doddering knights and a rheumy cook to aid her. When a knight with a violent reputation rides to the gates with his men, claiming to have bought the castle and all its contents, she fears for their very lives.

Sir Eustache of Rouen has spent the last three years trying to raise the funds to buy Sybille’s hand, only to stumble across her penniless father on his return to Paris. He buys the castle and all its contents, including the beautiful Sybille, the woman he’s longed for. But she knows of his bastardly reputation and he soon realizes he must show her his softer side if he’s to win her heart. Hopefully, he can find it.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2013 3.00