Their Legendary Courage

Isabel Ricardo
Isabel Ricardo Author Interview

The Quest for the Lost Map follows a group of teenagers that discover a map to the lost treasure of the Knights Templar. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

I’ve always admired the Templars due to their noble code of conduct, their legendary courage and discipline. As I referred in my book, in combat they were always the first to strike and the last to retreat. They could not beg for mercy or pay ransom for their own lives if captured. They would fight to the death and could retreat only if outnumbered by their enemies three to one. The Order’s honor demanded the sacrifice of one’s own life. In addition to being fearless, they were also deeply respected by their enemies. For all of this, they’ve always invoked in me a certain fascination. During the time when I was writing the 9th volume in another young adult series (The Adventurers), this trilogy’s special plot came to me naturally, inspiring me to create these characters and involving the Knight Templars. I’m always very excited with the creation of new characters and mysterious situations.

Which character in the novel do you feel you relate to more and why?

I very much relate to all of the characters in this book, even the thug Simon, who I had so much fun creating. I particularly liked Sara, not only for her personality, with which I relate greatly, but also for her difficult life. It’s very special to be able to dive into those times, dream about them, transport myself to them, live those moments, thrill myself with the characters, and discover facts or details so interesting that I cannot resist transmiting them to my readers, providing them with this same pleasure.

What research did you do for this novel to get the history of the Knights Templar right?

I always do a lot of research for all of my books and I have published 36 so far. I read everything there is about the chosen time so that I can be aware of all the occurrences, the traditional customs, how they dressed, how they spoke, what they ate and what they drank, in a way that I feel transported to that time as if I was living there, living with the characters which existed and the ones I’ve created. And that’s how I can transmit this feeling to my readers. In this case, the exhaustive research landed on the Templar’s Order. I’ve always been astounded by the infamous and unjust conspiracy against them. So, I wished to transmit this knowledge to my young readers, so they could get to know them like I do. I deem it very important to learn something as you read. If you can associate learning to the pleasure of reading, then that is just excellent.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I am currently writing my next historical novel, in my native language which is Portuguese. The next volume in this trilogy, “The Forgotten Treasure”, is set to be released in the second semester of 2022. Furthermore, in the beginning of 2022, the first volume of the Warrior’s of Light, “Sofia Gama and the Templar’s Prophecy”, and the historical novel, “The Last Conspirator”, are set to be published by Underline Publishing as well.

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A long-lost map… A treasure, forgotten… A well-kept secret, waiting to be unveiled…! Andy, Kelly, and Mike are on vacation in Sesimbra. They meet the mysterious Sarah Santiago, an orphan who lives with her miserly, hateful aunt and uncle, who make her life miserable. Unexpectedly, the four youngsters dive into a whirlwind of astonishing events, coming across an elderly Frenchman imprisoned in Saint Mary Castle and becoming entangled with a dangerous international gang that searches for a map that was lost many centuries ago. A map that hides a big secret. The location of the Templars’ treasure…

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Posted on January 9, 2022, in Interviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. As a foreigner and visiting Tomar , a city in Portugal, I could feel and learn about the Templários. Isabel Ricardo writes a book that certainly will teach the young adults a very important part of Portugal’s history. Congratulations!

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