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From the Publisher"A bold first novel, blending a sweeping portrayal of the distant past with intricate family drama . . . Apart from the rich period atmosphere, the story is ample in romance, mystery, and adventure; its characters are full of life and energy."
—-The Boston Globe
"An absorbing, expertly told tale . . . embroidered with plenty of homespun detail."
—-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A remarkable first novel . . . Vantrease . . . depicts this complex period with imagination and care."
—-Library Journal (starred review)
"A remarkable debut novel."
—-The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A richly detailed story . . . [Vantrease's] details and deft storytelling create a luminescent and very readable portrait of a dark time in history."
"A fabulous historical work of fiction that brings to life a pivotal moment in the history of England."
—-Midwest Book Review
"If you liked The Birth of Venus . . . you'll love The Illuminator."
"Reading The Illuminator is a bit like standing in the Cloisters in New York gazing at the Unicorn Tapestries. . . . Brenda Rickman Vantrease has written a debut novel of fourteenth-century England—-just as colorfully written as the tapestries are strikingly embroidered."