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It's England, 1235, and Brother Petroc is living a simple life as a novice monk. Struggling to keep his soul fairly clean and worrying most about resisting the local girls, he is helpless when he stumbles headlong into vicious trap. Framed by a sinister Templar Knight for a brutal murder of a church official and accused of the theft of a priceless relic, he is forced to run for his life. But when his best friend Will is killed by the chasing knight, Petroc's flight becomes a quest for restitution.Trusting his fate to an enigmatic relic-hunter and scoundrel, he must dodge the long arm of the church and somehow get to the bottom of everything that has happened to him. He must find out how his fate is entwined with that of the sacred object and get revenge on the man who wrecked his life - all the while avoiding the pitfalls and perils of love for a beautiful Greek princess...RELICS is a powerful tale of loss and revenge and how the remnants of the past can continue to haunt the more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 160 x 242 x 28mm | 572g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0752868616
  • 9780752868615
  • 2,179,019

About Pip Vaughan-Hughes

Pip is in his late 30's and grew up in South Devon. He studied medieval history at London University and later worked as a reader for a literary agency when he wasn't dabbling as a bike messenger, food critic, gardener and restaurant owner. He now lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter. "Relics" is Pip's first novel and he is currently at work on a more

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A rattling good yarn... Highly enjoyable and probably the best thing I've read for at least six months. More please. * MY SHELF * Petroc's journey from religious, innocent monk to relic dealer and pirate takes up most of the book. It is an exciting one, and changes the boy to a seaman, willing to do almost anything to stay alive. This is the first book by Pip Vaughan-Hughes. May there be many more. * REVIEWING THE EVIDENCE * A picuresque tale of strange lands and dark deeds with Petroc as it's appealing hero... the action scenes are exciting, the turns of the plot unpredictable and the Knights Templar is a deliciously nasty villain. * HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW * A superb debut novel from Vaughan-Hughes which takes readers on a rollercoaster adventure through medieval England and Europe. * LANCASHIRE EVENING POST * A good old-fashioned yarn? my biggest disappointment was that the ending came too soon.? * PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH * Vaughan-Hughes portrays Petroc's adventures with lip-smacking relish, conjuring up a colourful cast of pirates, cut-throats, scoundrals... all things considered he has a whale of a time. And by and large, so do we. * YORKSHIRE EVENING POST * It's a pleasure to discover something so fresh and gripping. * NEWMARKET JOURNAL * It packs power, fear, rage and revenge into a fine 13th Century thriller... Right now it?s the answer to your prayers. * LADSMAG * A rollicking adventure thriller... suffused with intelligent writing and a dash of violence the book is a satisfying read. * BOOK AND MAGAZINE COLLECTOR * A debut that will hopefully spawn many sequels? A rattling yarn... 'Relics' is high entertainment readers will relish. * WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY * An impressive debut, with vivid period atmosphere, colourful personalities and stirring action. -- Susanna Yager * SUNDAY TELEGRAPH *show more

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166 ratings
3.39 out of 5 stars
5 16% (27)
4 30% (49)
3 35% (58)
2 16% (26)
1 4% (6)
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