Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: The Sorcerer of Sainte Felice
Author: Ann Finnin
Release Date: June 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Historical Paranormal Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 13 and Up
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 15 and Up
Year/Setting: St. Felice, France/1480
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate (Sorcery)
Ann's Website/Blog: None found
This is truly a book worthy of being mentioned in the same category as Harry Potter. Yes…I’m serious.
Michael de Lorraine has been tried and convicted of sorcery. This is a young man who is NOT by any means a sorcerer; he was simply an apprentice to a man who thought of himself as a magician but did not bear any of the knowledge he needed in order to achieve that goal. In fact, this is the time of the Inquisition, and just a whisper of wrongdoing led innocent people to the gallows. Michael is fifteen years old and is standing in the straw as the flames are lit beneath him. Soon, out of the blue, a brother appears from the Benedictine monastery that is located in town. He stands beside the boy and looks to the heavens, beseeching the Divine to give the people a sign that the boy’s life should be spared. Soon enough, the blue sky turns to gray and a torrential downpour extinguishes the flames…saving Michael’s life.
Soon he is transported to the monastery where he meets four men with various gifts. Hiding inside the building there are men who can perform alchemy – which he uses to make the most amazing wine in the world that solves and cures all the townspeople’s aches and pains. There are others who can command the angels to come down and solve issues; and still another who watches the stars and galaxies to see what is about to come at them in the future. These refugees take the young boy in and he soon learns that the man who saved him is a man who was once referred to as the greatest sorcerer in the land. Soon, the inquisition comes to the monastery’s door and they must find a way to protect their secrets.
From the first page to the last, this book was an absolute joy to read. The author has done a fabulous job presenting the reader a world that we will not soon forget. And…I hope beyond hope that Ms. Finnin will continue to release these truly "magical" books.
Until next time, Amy
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