The Heretic  -     By: Henry Vyner-Brooks
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Lion Fiction / 2014 / Paperback

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In 1536 it seems the entire known world is changing--strange new lands are discovered and the Reformation is challenging Rome and its power. In England the king?Z"s declaration of a new church and dissolution of the monasteries overturns the customs and authorities of centuries. In the new world order, spies abound and no one can be trusted.

To Brother Pacificus of the Abbey of St. Benet's in Norfolk, it looks like his abbey alone will be spared dissolution. But this last Benedictine house is mired in murder and intrigue. Then when Pacificus falls under suspicion, more than his own dark past comes to light, while the body count keeps rising. Pacificus's fate becomes entwined with that of three local children after their parents are arrested for treason and heresy. Protected only by this errant monk, a mysterious leper, and a Dutch eel-catcher, the children must quickly adjust; seeking their own identity, they soon find that neither parents nor protectors are quite what they seem.

Based on historical events, this post-medieval mystery is laced with romance, fueled by greed, and punctuated with bouts of feasting, smuggling, and jailbreak.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 608
Vendor: Lion Fiction
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1782640959
ISBN-13: 9781782640950

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  1. Georgia
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Historical christian fiction
    May 4, 2016
    Donna
    Georgia
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A historical fictional novel based on historical events set in 1536 during the time of Reformation England where King Henry VIII has been declared the head of the Church of England. The Heretic's are Christians who want to be able to read the Bible in their own language and practice their faith. Anyone who does not obey the Kings correct religion are tortured and killed.

    The main character to me was Pacificus previously known as Sir Hugh Erpingham a knight who is hiding his past and dark secrets as a Benedictine Monk.

    There are many characters good and bad and their stories are within the story. Characters that live in fear, facing dangers even death.

    The author has done an amazing job in writing this epic story of brutality, murder, intrigue, history, faith and romance. Although this book is a little over 600 pages it is so worth your time to read it. I really liked it.

    I received a copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion and review.

  2. Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    very good historical
    November 27, 2015
    Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I wasn't sure I was going to be able to enjoy this book at first because it seemed to start a little slow in the beginning and I was confused as to all the characters but then all of a sudden it all came together for me and I couldn't put it down. I loved the characters once I figured out who everyone was. Get through the first few chapters and then you will love the suspense and the romance in this historical fiction book during Reformation England. I hope to read more books by Henry Vyper-Brooks. I received this book from book fun.org for a fair and honest opinion.
  3. Lima, OH
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An interesting, educational book
    October 19, 2015
    ksnapier
    Lima, OH
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Heretic is an interesting book. The story and vivid descriptions help make it stand out.The theme in the book is religious freedom and the difficulties one can encounter. The reader witnesses the struggles the characters go through as they wrestle with their faith. At times death is the option they take.

    The book does contain some graphic descriptions and some language but it is not out of line with the story line.

    I received this book from bookfun.org and the author in exchange for my honest review.
  4. Ephrata,PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Surviving through persecution in the Middle Ages
    February 12, 2015
    memakf
    Ephrata,PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Heretic is an historical story from the 1500s that is richly expressive in the descriptions and intriguing plot. I usually prefer reading a story to seeing it on TV or film, but this is one story that would make a wonderful mini-series. The author is so descriptive in the details of the environment, characters, and events that I would love to see it all come to life. The story is dark and menacing in many places, but true to the time period and history buffs will love the retelling of these early years in Christianity. The persecution of Christians during those dark days is felt throughout the book and my admiration for those living through it while holding on to their faith grew as I read. There are so many sub-plots throughout sometimes hard to follow, but worth the effort! There are many twists and turns to the story which kept me reading and involved with the characters. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is fascinated with this era.

    I received this book from BookFun.org in exchange for my honest review
  5. PA
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An Amazing Adventure into a very dark time in history.
    February 12, 2015
    S W
    PA
    Gender: Female
    The Heretic by Henry Vyner-Brooks was an incredible journey taking place in England during the 1500s. This book was based on historical events and real people. I definitely learned a lot of history from this amazingly well written historical novel. The life of monks during this time period was fascinating. The only thing that I had wished for was a glossary for so many terms that I was unfamiliar with. The action scenes were awesome and actually had my heart racing. The characters were powerful and the mystery surrounding them was intriguing. My favorite character was Pacificus; a monk with a dark secret. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone interested in this era.

    I was given this book from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion.
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