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Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2011
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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
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
Christy Lockstein5 Stars Out Of 5Novel of witch hunt in 1500s is unforgettableMarch 30, 2011Christy LocksteinQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wolves Among Us by Ginger Garrett is the rare book that will both keep you up at night from the suspense and take your breath away with the beauty of the writing. Stefan has long been the priest for the small German town of Dinfoil, in 1538 that made him one of the premier authorities within the village. When two bodies are dumped on the church steps, Stefan insists on calling in an Inquisitor for aid, despite the wishes of sheriff, Bjorn. Bjorn's wife, Mia, spends her days caring for her invalid mother-in-law and sick daughter, Alma, while also trying to keep up the house and not anger her husband. She often confesses to Stefan her failures as a wife, and he accuses her of pride for refusing to accept Alma's illness and that her shortcomings as a wife just may have caused it. Mia lives with this terrible guilt along with a secret from her past, one that has kept her separate from all the women in the village who scorn her company. Bastion, the Inquisitor, arrives with the shocking information that a witch caused the murders, and he is ready to root out any and all evil women within the village. His methods quickly have Stefan questioning why he requested his presence, but Bjorn is sure that Bastion is the answer to all his worries. Garrett has gained a reputation as an author to watch with her Chronicles of the Scribe series, and this novel will cement it. Wolves has the claustrophobic feel of Robert MacCammon's Speaks the Nightbird. A witch-hunt in a remote village where mass hysteria quickly becomes law is the perfect recipe for a novel filled with suspense, thrills, and surprisingly, in Garrett's hands, transforming faith. There is true beauty in Garrett's writing: Alma gave Mia a reason to be brave. God let women bear children so women would never give up hope. Even if here on earth women were denied everything else, God would always let them bear children. Alma hinted at His goodness. Children were promise brighter than a rainbow. Garrett shows readers that sometimes the monster is much darker than the one we fear, but often there is beauty and hope to be found in the darkest night.
SallyTampa, FL4 Stars Out Of 5WitchesMarch 30, 2011SallyTampa, FLShades of Salem Witch Trials! This historic novel so scared me, that I actually had to put it down and walk away. Of course, I did pick it back up and finish reading it. I am so very thankful that I live in the 21st Century and not the 16th.
I quickly connected to the protagonist, Mia, and her sickly child, Alma. What a heavy load of problems Mia bears. She's married to hard-to-please Bjorn, the stern sheriff and cares for his bedridden mother. Even the ladies of the small village shun her. This gives Mia a very lonely existence. I hurt for her. As the plot unfolds, I feared for her.
An extensive Author's Note section, along with Discussion Questions and Supernatural Housekeeping are all included at the end of the novel.
Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and David C. Cook for my copy.