This is my first time reading Angela Elwell Hunt and a Christian baised book. I was thrilled my the story line and very interested in the facts that changed the Church. Anika's need to fit in and determination to right the wrongs of the world had me cheering for her the whole way. I felt and thought what she did and could veiw myself in her place. I look foward to the rest of this series. Not knowing it would not be out till next year I have been to 3 book stores looking for it!
I didn't think I would like this one as much as I hoped, since militaristic novels aren't my favorites. However, I was pleasantly surprised. I identified strongly with Anika, and therefore rooted for her all the way. Meanwhile, Jan Hus and the other reformers, as well as their Catholic counterparts, provided great conflict, suspense, and tension centered on one of my favorite historical events, the church's reformation. However, I think my favorite thing about this novel was how Angela managed to take what could've been a very predictable plot and make it much less so through twisting around some events. For example, I was shocked at how early Anika's cover was blown and asked myself, "okay, so what are we gonna do for the next 200 pages?" That question kept me reading, and I am so glad I did. At times, the historical sections dragged on a bit, but all in all, this is an excellent story, and I'm looking forward to book two.
This book was absolutely amazing! The lessons learned about the power of God's truth and the deep deception of evil, combined with the winding romance...the story within a story concept was amazing. I loved every page! I stayed up late every night because I just couldn't put it down! Can't wait to read the rest of the series!
This Christian historical romance novel is a good, light read. At times, I felt that the story was more about John Hus than Anika since Anika played a very minor role during those sections. Since Hus was a preacher and Anika avidly listens to his sermons and acts as a scribe to help spread his teachings, the story is almost by definition "preachy." Hus' views on the problems with the Catholic church and on the corruption present in the church at that time might turn off Catholic readers. While, to my knowledge, the information about Hus was accurate, there were a myriad of details wrong with the "knightly" aspects of the story. (For example, in the novel, the knights wear full armor every waking moment, even when eating in the safety of the castle. The knights practice foil-style fencing while using long swords and wearing jousting armor.) I had trouble enjoying the story due to these problems.I also felt there were several logic flaws, like Anika has a burning desire to kill one man responsible for her father's death and yet she's horrified by the idea of killing the other man responsible (who also wants to rape her). I also couldn't understand how Anika was so beautiful and girlish (based on comments by friends to her father and by the lustful noble's son) and yet the moment she needs to fit in as a squire, she's described as boyish in figure and no male questions her disguise. The characters were likable, the heroine spirited, and the plot enjoyable enough, especially if you're interested in the reformation. There was no sex or cussing. Overall, it was good, clean fun.
This book kept my attention from chapter 1. I really was not expecting it to be so good. I didn't want to put it down. Stayed up late a couple nights in a row so I could find out what happened next. The author has a gift of story telling. I was so caught up in it that I almost forgot I was reading a story my imagination was running wild.