Templar

An original graphic novel written by Jordan and illustrated by LeUyen Pham and Alex Puvilland, Templar is a historical adventure about a band of outlawed knights who use their skills to attempt the greatest heist of the 14th century.

About Templar

Update: Templar is now available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and bookstores. You can download the free 86-page e-book The Making of Templar here. Follow the Templar Tumblr and Facebook pages for news, reviews, and upcoming events.

Templar is an original graphic novel based on the historical events of the fall of the Knights Templar. It’s the story of a group of outlawed knights who band together to defy a tyrant by pulling off the greatest heist of the 14th century.

If you’ve played Prince of Persia or The Last Express, you know I love adventure stories. Many people have heard of the Templars thanks to their cameo appearances in modern-day conspiracy thrillers like The Da Vinci Code and Assassin’s Creed — but what really happened in 1307 was more sensational, gripping and heartbreaking than anything a writer could invent. It was a scandal that rocked the medieval world so deeply that its echoes still reverberate today.

In writing Templar, I wanted to weave a swashbuckling romantic adventure in the spirit of Alexandre Dumas — an entertaining fiction that nonetheless conveys a truthful picture of the world as it was then.

I love LeUyen’s and Alex’s artwork. It’s fluid, humorous and expressive, intimate and epic, and grounded in scrupulous historical research. Alex comes out of Dreamworks feature animation, LeUyen is an award-winning children’s book illustrator, and I’m immensely proud of what they’ve achieved with Templar. I can’t wait for readers to discover it too.

Templar is published by First Second Books. The book was released on July 9, 2013. You can order it from Amazon here, or via our Templar Tumblr page.

(Book One of Templar was previously published in paperback as Solomon’s Thieves. It’s included in the full 480-page hardcover edition of Templar.)

9 Comments

  1. 2-6-2011

    I just finished reading the first book and loved it! When can I expect to see book 2? Thanks

    • 3-20-2011

      Glad you liked it! LeUyen and Alex are hard at work. Book 2 is already drawn and colored, Book 3 is in thumbnails and progressing nicely. (Yes, it’s a trilogy!) I’ll update soon on release dates.

      • 6-8-2011

        Having any plans of making it as a game?? -Greatest Fan

  2. 3-26-2011

    I too await the second and third books. Wasn’t even aware these books existed until I made a google search on Jordan Mechner. Happy days!

  3. 4-3-2011

    Great book. I can’t wait to read the second. This would make an awesome animated show.

  4. 5-31-2011

    hi
    Is this story similar to Prince of Persia game?

    • 6-4-2011

      I for one would say no, but it is just as adventurous and interesting. Give it a go, you won’t be disappointed I promise!

  5. 6-1-2011

    I loved Solomon’s Thieves! Any update on the second one? Such a refreshing story/idea involving the Templars, I can’t wait to see where you go with it!

  6. 6-30-2011

    I just finished reading book 1 and look forward to hearing more news on the release of book 2!

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