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David C. Cook / 2011 / ePub
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This richly imagined tale takes readers to a tiny German town in the time of "the burnings," when pious and heretic alike became victims of witch-hunting zealots. When a double murder stirs up festering fears, the village priest sends for help. But the charismatic Inquisitor who answers the call brings a deadly mix of spiritual fervor and self-deceptive evil. Under his influence, village fear, guilt, and suspicion of women take a deadly turn. In the midst of this nightmare, a doubting priest and an unloved wifea secret friend of the recently martyred William Tyndalesomehow manage to hear another Voice…and discover the power of love over fear.
Dinfoil, Germany, 1538. In a little town on the edge of the Black Forest, a double murder stirs up festering fears. A lonely woman despairs of pleasing her husband and wonders why other women shun her. An overworked sheriff struggles to hold the townand himselftogether. A priest begins to doubt the power of the words he shares daily with his flock. And the charismatic Inquisitor who arrives to helpwith a filthy witch in a cage as an object lessonbrings his own mix of lofty ideals and treacherous evil. Under his influence, ordinary village fears and resentments take a deadly turn. Terror mounts. Dark deeds come to light. And men and women alike discover not only what they are capable of, but who they are…and what it means to grapple for grace.
Ginger Garrett is the critically acclaimed author of Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther, which was recognized as one of the top five novels of 2006 by the ECPA, and Dark Hour. An expert in ancient women's history, Ginger creates novels and nonfiction resources that explore the lives of historical women. A frequent media guest and television host, Ginger has been interviewed by The New York Times, NPR, Billy Graham's The Hour of Decision," The Harvest Show, Fox News, and many other outlets.
In 2007, Ginger was nominated for the Georgia Author of the Year Award for her novel Dark Hour. A graduate of Southern Methodist University with a degree in theater, she is passionate about creating art from history. You can learn more about Ginger and her work by visiting www.gingergarrett.com
Wolves Among Us, a historical novel by Ginger Garrett, explores themes of salvation and destruction while examining how God can use even the most flawed individuals to do His will. Mia is a woman of little consequence to the 16th century town of Dinfoil, Germany. Shunned by the towns women and ignored by her domineering husband, Mia quietly tends to her sickly baby and ailing mother-in-law. Stefan is a priest who struggles to help the people of Dinfoil, viewing himself only as a confessor not as a shepherd or protector. When two, dark murders overshadow the town, both Mia and Stefan must face the harsh realities of violence and deceit.
As crimes escalate, suspicion of witchcraft brings an Inquisitor named Bastion to the tiny community. At first the townsfolk are skeptical, but soon Bastion's eloquence and charisma win the trust of many. The Inquisitor begins to drag innocent women forward on charges of witchery, torturing and executing them as he sees fit, but soon faces unexpected opposition from two unlikely fronts: a doubting, timid priest, and a weak, unimportant woman.
Garrett tells her story using the omniscient point of view, an approach which is helpful in giving the reader a glimpse into the minds of both Mia and Stefan. Relationships also lend extraordinarily complicated elements to the plot. Of particular interest is the interaction between Mia and Bastion, as both characters teeter on the line between friendship and romance. Because the author never explains the genesis of Mia and Bastion's attraction, the complexities of their relationship may be a bit confusing at times. Ultimately, however, the situation provides a gripping plot twist in which Mia is accused of witchery and realizes that God, not Bastion, must be the one to save her from evil.
Mia is a relatable character, exemplifying the helplessness of humanity as she is constantly beaten down and discouraged. Readers may identify with her desires for love and acceptance and will cheer when she finally escapes her oppressive husband. Additionally, Stefan is a tremendous example of how God can use even the weakest of His servants to accomplish impossible feats in the lives of His people. By the end of the story, both characters learn to face their flaws and fears, fighting against impossible odds to rescue their village from the clutches of deception.
As I read the first few chapters of Wolves Among Us, I was drawn in by the story, impressed with both characters and setting. By chapter ten, I was completely enthralled by Garrett's ability to weave stunning imagery and prose. As I continued to read, however, it became apparent that not everything about the story was exactly as it had first seemed. The plot idea was brilliant, but some points were insufficiently developed and others were downright confusing. Furthermore, whereas Garretts mastery of language was impressive, there were chapters when the story seemed to be tangled in imagery. Lest I sound too judgmental, though, Wolves Among Us should not be burned at the stake without being given a fair trial from readers. Its story and characters will likely appeal to lovers of Christian historical fiction, and may provide a good, summertime story for the poolside. Kari Lynn Travis, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Garrett (Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther) offers historical fiction readers a disturbing and fact-based glimpse into "the burnings" that took place in the 1500s in Germany. In a small village near the Black Forest, a double murder sets the stage for a charismatic inquisitor to begin a terrifying witchhunt among the town's women. Mia, the sheriff's wife, is the axis around which this story turns as she keeps her past a secret while dutifully tending to her sickly daughter and her aged mother-in-law. The town's priest, Father Stefan, struggles with leading his flock faithfully while keeping evil from taking over the village. Confused about what is good and what is evil, these two characters embark on much soul-searching as the violence around them intensifies to a stunning conclusion. Garrett quite successfully pens a dramatic, thought-provoking tale that will leave readers happily unsettled, as this author's message can be found frighteningly too close to home for comfort. (Apr.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.
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