Review& Author Interview: Revenge of the Knights Templar by Adriana Girolami

by 3/05/2013 2 comments
Hey Everyone!

I teased about another author interview a couple of weeks ago, and today is the day! Adriana Girolami was kind enough to provide me with a copy of her book, Revenge of the Knights Templar in exchange for an honest review.

Summary from Goodreads 

Paperback254 pages

Published January 15th 2013 
by Mitchell Morris Publishing (first published January 11th 2013)
ISBN13 9781937629373
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.


I'm a huge fan of historical romance, so naturally the idea of a romance set during the middle ages intrigued me. I do want to make a note on Girolami's style however, since it was something of a surprise for me. The story is very descriptive and uses somewhat formalized language. At first, I found it hard to get into, but as I was reading, I came to like it because it added a sense of the dramatic to the novel and made for an entertaining read. The novel starts out with Polyxena discovering that her father, the Duke of Nemours, has arranged her marriage to Duke Arsenio. However, before Polyxena even reaches her new home, her husband (they were married by proxy) is murdered, leaving Polyxena in hostile territory with only Arsenio's men Phillip and Duccio to protect her now that she is the Duchess of Lorengar-Lorraine.

Polyxena is determined to do what she can to protect the people of the dukedom from Arsenio's evil cousin, who is currently ruling the dukedom and using Polyxena as a puppet head to exert his own power over the realm. The man is really contemptible--bloodthirsty, heartless, cowardly and self indulgent. I was quite delighted when Polyxena killed his evil hunting bird because it foreshadowed the duke's own demise. Plus, Polyxena kicked butt in that scene, which I apprecitated. I really admired how brave and strong Polyxena was, and I love it when women actually kick butt in novels. I wasn't expecting that from a historical romance, but I'm certainly not complaining. I liked that the novel has just enough action to keep you turning the pages to unravel the mystery that is also at the center of the story.

Who is the Unknown Templar? Why was Duke Arsenio's body so mysteriously shrouded at his funeral? These are questions that the reader can't help but muse on while reading, but that are not immediately unanswered. Personally, I got distracted from these mysteries because of Arsenio's cousin who continually tried to seduce Polyxena and was constantly terrorizing the people. I kept wondering how Polyxena would stay ahead of this madman. And then, Polyxena's romance with Duccio (which I thought rather unexpected and sweet) really threw me off of the mystery of who was behind the uprising of the people in the dukedom.

Since there is an element of mystery in the story, and also because I personally hate spoilers, I won't tease too much more about Polyxena's romance. I'll just say she gets her HEA. Although, it is a rather unexpected one as well....

3 glittering stars

Interview with Adriana Girolami

 1.What was the inspiration behind the novel?

I was inspired by the painting of a Countess named Polyxena in a book called "Fashions Through the Centuries." There was no story connected with her only portraits of the lady with different gowns. The name "Polyxena" resonated with me and soon a storyline formulated in my mind.

2. How much research of the medieval ages did the novel require?

I did some research through books about Knights and the history of the Templers. The Metropolitan Museum in New York has an extensive medieval section, a place I often visited and admired. History has always been a favorite subject of mine. I was born in the beautiful country of Italy, a place filled with art and history.

3. Who was your favourite character and why?

My favorite character is the lady Polyxena, a woman of great integrity. Her courage and a survival spirit are what many women can aspire to. She had to endure the middle ages. It was a very challenging time in history, especially for women. Her quest is to avenge the honor of the Knights Templar and find true love.

4. Polyxena is beginning a new life with Arsenio at the end of the novel. Will we be seeing more of their characters in future books?

Yes, I am in the process of writing a sequel to my novel with continuing adventures for my heroine Polyxena. Since I am an artist I also painted the cover for the sequel of my historical novel as I did with the first book.

5. What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

I am a professional artist and wrote my debut novel "Revenge of the Knights Templar" because I love the freedom of the written word and the ability to express my creativity without boundaries. I believe aspiring authors should write about a subject matter they are familiar with and would love to read. There should be a passion to the subject you choose to write about and that excitement will be experienced by the readers.

Jewels E


I'm a thirty something girl who loves to read, write and dream. Because I'm so addicted to the written word in all its forms, I created this blog to share the books that devastate me with you.


Sabrina Johnson said...

Thank you for having done an interview with Adriana Girolami. I read her book and I love it! I am glad to know she is writing a sequel.

Jewels E said...

So glad you enjoyed the interview!