Frequently for my blog entries I intend to write a book review. However, I don’t intend to write one for every book I read, saving the reviews for books I really enjoyed. Basically, if I can’t say EVERYTHING nice, I won’t say anything at all. Unless I’m specifically asked.
Furthermore, my reviews are going to be short and to the point. I will give an extremely brief synopsis followed by what I liked most about the book. No spoilers here!
My first review is for The Unveiling: Book 1 (Age of Faith 1) written by Tamara Leigh. It follows the life of Annyn Bretanne from the age of fourteen into adulthood. When Annyn’s brother Jonas is returned to the family as a corpse, she blames his warrior mentor Garr Wulfrith for his murder. She seeks revenge upon Wulfrith, disguising herself as a boy and joining his knights-in-training to be near him so that she may exact her vengeful plot. However, when the time comes for her to act, she finds it difficult to believe that such an honorable man as Wulfrith committed such a crime. She struggles with the knowledge that her feelings have changed from vengeance to something she doesn’t understand.
This book is a well-written medieval romance, and that alone makes it a winner for me. The fact that it is “clean” enough that I would recommend it to my more mature students is also a plus. But what I like most is the characters. They seem real. Their struggles and successes: totally believable. This is a Christian romance, but the elements that make it Christian are neither forced nor fake.
If you like medieval romance books or you want to give the genre a try, I suggest starting with The Unveiling. I will definitely be reading the second book in the series in the very near future!