English Summary/英文概要： 1191 A.D. The orphan Tristan has joined the Knights Templar as a squire, journeying with Richard the Lionheart on his crusade to free the Holy Land from the Saracens. As defeat looms near, Tristan is entrusted with the most sacred of Christian relics, the Holy Grail. He must return it safely to Britain, but he must also keep it secret, because the Grail’s power will drive men to madness, and even his fellow Knights Templar will kill for it.
Tristan teams up with the fiery Robard Hode— returning to his home in Sherwood after serving with the King’s Archers—and Maryam, an equally fierce girl and a member of the dreaded Hashshashin. Together they must escape the Holy Land, dodging bandits, the forces of the Saladin, and unscrupulous knights who will stop at nothing to possess the Grail.
Chinese Summary/中文概要： 西元1191年孤苦無依的男孩Tristan加入聖殿騎士團擔任騎士的扈從，並與當時十字軍的首領Richard東征「撒拉森」（Saracens亞洲與北非的穆斯林）解放聖地。由於當時的戰事節節敗退，騎士團們決定交付他保護基督教的聖物 - 「聖杯」（Holy Grail）先回到不列顛Britain，但他必須低調保密的進行，因為聖杯的魔力將使騎士們失去理智，甚至相互殘殺為了奪取它，而在英勇好戰的前亞瑟王的第一武士Robard隨行下，他是否就能順利逃離聖地躲開追殺呢？(VL)
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“This is a winner! The Holy Grail, the Knights Templar, even Rosslyn might remind readers of The Da Vinci Code, of course, and Spradlin might be having some fun playing on that familiarity... Terrific adventure, which even younger YAs can follow as they learn something about a totally different world.”---KLIATT
“Let the fighting begin! The deadly action, uncompromising in many of its descriptions, may take center stage, but Spradlin smartly doesn’t neglect story. Tristan is given an immense challenge and responsibility and meets new friends, whose names clever readers will find familiar. The stirring saga ends with a true cliff-hanger, priming fans for the next installment.”---Booklist
“…the twelfth-century setting and the complex war wherein both sides believe they are fighting holy battles are carefully described from the viewpoint of the inexperienced protagonist, thus ensuring a complete picture that never feels like exposition or a history lesson. Tristan(s)… memorable narration will certainly please readers who like their squires as compelling as the knights they serve.”---The Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books
“…readers are likely to be swept up by the realistic, yet not especially graphic battle scenes. The bantering antagonism between Robard Hode and maiden Maryam is meant to provide comic relief while hinting at a revision of the Robin Hood legend.”---VOYA