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Posted August 13, 2002
If you liked Mists of Avalon...
This one is up there with that! It's not specifically Arthurian, but definitely a novel of the Craft and the Old Ways, and the protagonist is an Abbess of a convent and also a witch... Her life and growing up in the old ways and need to hide her abilities is very easy to sympathize with. This author has either done a lot of research or is a priestess herself, as she knows what she's talking about. :)
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Posted August 8, 2004
Excellent Page Turner
I really enjoyed this book. Not only did it keep me guessing until the very end, but the twist was also very entriguing, and I totally didn't see it coming. It paints a wonderful picture of France in the 1300's, with a mysterious and entertaining religious and magical backdrop at the same time. Definitely something I'd recommend, especially if you can find it on sale!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 27, 2004
I picked this book up because it looked interesting to me (I love historical fiction mixed with turbulent religious times) and it was a 'bargain book' as well! What a surprisingly wonderful story! It captured me from the first few pages and kept me hooked until the last paragraph in the epilogue!! I would recommend it highly. This book uses witchcraft, Christianity and mythology against the backdrop of war and the Black Death in 14th century France to captivate the reader. The main character is Sybille, a midwife who is taught the pagan ways by her beloved grandmother, but must seek the refuge of Franciscan nuns in a convent during the Inquisition. Is Sybille a witch or a Catholic saint? You'll be guessing the answer to that question up until the very end of the novel! A great page-turner!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Exciting historical romantic fantasy
In 1357 France, the Inquisition agents of Cardinal Chretien arrest Franciscan Abbess Marie Francois. They charge her with heresy for practicing pagan rituals and magic, and for communicating with the devil. They plan to burn Marie at the stakes so she can serve as an example to those who stray from the right path of worshipping God. <P>The reluctant Dominican scribe, Michel, who prefers to save souls, rather than dispatch people to the next life, is chosen to obtain Marie¿s confession. However, Michel feels Marie is pure, good, and holy instead of an evil witch. He decides to prove her innocent of the charges even after she admits her grandmother taught her the pagan ways. Forced to flee Marie whose birth name is Sybille joins the ¿Race¿ and seeks out her lover Luc de la Rose for the good of her ¿people¿. <P> THE BURNING TIMES is at its best when it stays with fourteenth century realities like the Black Plague, the French Inquisition, the burning of witches at the stakes, and the pagan religions. When the plot veers into fantasyland, it loses speed as a different type of tale emerges. Likewise, key characters are impacted especially the heroine. As Marie she is an incredible individual struggling against a rising tide, but as Sybille she seems mythological as if she truly is Diana the Huntress. Known for her vampire tales, Jeanne Kalogridis has written an intriguing historical fiction that will attract readers, but the talented author took too big of a bite with this story line(s). <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 10, 2010
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