Knightfall is a History channel drama-action show about the decline of the Knight’s Templar. It starts with the Templars being driven out of Acre and loosely follows history from there. It stars the conspicuously handsome Tom Cullen (longtime beau of the great Tatiana Maslany) as the main character Landry. Season two also includes Mark Hamill as an awesome, grizzled old Templar. At the time I write this, it’s not clear whether a season three of the show will happen. Nonetheless, the IP has expanded to now include a book series.
Fantasy writer (and sometimes movie adapter) David B Coe uses this first book, The Infinite Deep, to fill in some lost time between the pilot episode of the series and the rest of season one. As the title suggests, this one is about both a kind of dark knight of the soul and also the depths of the ocean. Landry and his Templar companions escape Acre by ship, but 13th century sailing isn’t exactly safe. This tracks the Templars’ odyssey back home.
This is an action-packed book. It kind of reminded me of the movie The Bourne Ultimatum in that it never slows down. Acre, storms, pirates – it’s all here. Fans of the show will be fans of the book because it’s more time with favorite characters. This wouldn’t be a particularly good jumping on point for the show, as the characters are only sketched out. I think you’d have to know the show to follow who’s who in the book.
My rating of 4/5 stars is based on this book as it relates to the show. It would not be fair to rate a tie-in to a cable show on its own merit.