Revenge of the Knights Templar by Adriana Girolami


Revenge of the Knights Templar by Adriana Girolami
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (232 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

It is the year 1480, when dark forces and violence corrupt the European court of the Duke of Nemours. The only hope remains in the hands of the Duke’s daughter Polyxena, a woman of stunning beauty that is coveted by many men.

Polyxena arrives at the castle of the Duke of Lorengar-Lorraine only to discover that the arranged marriage to her prospective husband has been foiled. The Duke has been killed in a coup d’etat. She is immediately captured, held in isolation, and commanded to marry to the new Duke, a cruel man who rules with a combination of force and fear.

A mysterious knight hears of the strength, plans, and determination of this beautiful woman, and comes to her aid. He knows she faces many obstacles and counter-plots, but he would be willing to risk his life to protect hers, not only for the sake of her people…but his own heart.

It is in the darkest of hours that Polyxena’s strength and courage shines, as her skill of the sword comes in handy against her enemies, and she finds the real meaning of true love in a honorable and noble knight.

The odds are against them, death and despair come from all sides…the two will risk their lives and love for the country they share.

This truly spectacular book features a dynamic plot line with a multitude of twists and turns that kept me reading into the wee hours of the knight.

Polyxena and Arsenio’s (the Lorengar-Lorraine) were never honored enough to meet one another, but that did not change the fact that they were forced into an arranged marriage which began with scandal that never seemed to end. Polyxena never got to meet her late husband, but her determination to honor the man he was, as well as herself, is noble and made me take a instant liking to her. I really enjoyed that she immediately considers the people of Lorengar-Lorraine her people, even if they do not know or trust their new Duchess. While the people of Lorengar-Lorraine may hold her attention, the mysterious knight Duccio somehow takes grip of her heart, even if it leaves both of them extremely vulnerable to their enemies.

The romantic development definitely plays second fiddle to the external conflict within this story, which pleased me. I found the conflict between the Duke Ludwig of Saxe-Hanover and Polyxena and her deceased husband completely enthralling. The action and tension is immediately and increases beautifully until the final climax.  I typically do not favor this time period, or know much about it, but found this book entertaining.  If you enjoy a unique and dynamic plot line, you’ll undoubtedly want to read this story over and over again.

The author did a great job depicting the time period without losing her audience. I have read some historical fiction stories that are to0 modern to believe, and others that are to historical to understand and this story is neither. While the history or stories about the knights templar do play a role in the story you do not need to be familiar with them to understand or follow the storyline. Though I would have liked to have known a little bit more about the secret hidden treasures, I understand and appreciate the mystery because that was one of the largest aspect of the knights that made them fascinating.

I would highly recommend this story to practically everyone, and will absolutely re-read it myself again on a few occasions. I have a feeling this is one of those stories that you learn a little bit and appreciate it more each and every time you pick it up no matter how many times you have gone through it.


  1. Adriana Girolami says:

    Thank you so much for the wonderful review, I truly appreciare it!

    Adriana Girolami

    • Fran Lizzo Salvi says:

      Hi Adriana,

      I have sent the email to you but they bounce back.
      Perhaps I have the wrong letters.

  2. Sabrina Johnson says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with Peppermints review of “Revenge of the Knights Templar.” Adriana Girolami’s book is riveting and a joy to read. The sumptuous, descriptive language employed by the writer transports the reader to the middle ages while keeping up the dramatic tension. This is a masterful work supremely crafted and executed from beginning to end. I look forward to reading future works by this very talented author. I give this novel five stars.

  3. Sabrina Johnson says:

    Absolutely brilliant debut novel by Adriana Girolami. I found this book a joy to read. The sumptuous, descriptive language employed transports the reader back to the middle ages with eloquent style and panache. I look forward to future works from this gifted author.

  4. This marvelous book took me on a journey to the days of my youth. It was like reading The Three Musketeers and Prince Valiant again. I loved the strength of her heroine Polyxena, and eagerly await more adventures from this fabulous author.

  5. Kat Purcell says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed Revenge of the Knights Templar. The wonderfully descriptive language transported me back in time. In particular I like the main characher, Polyxena. She is a couragous, honorable and daring heroine who fights for what is right. The story is filled with plot twists, romance and intrigue that kept me riveted right up until the end.

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