Friday, December 5, 2014

The Heretic by Henry Vyner-Brooks (Book Review)

The Heretic

By Henry Vyner-Brooks

(received in exchange for an honest review)

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Genre- Fiction / Christian

Published by- Lion Hudson

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 603

Age Group- Adult 

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $16.99, ISBN 978-1-78264-095-0

Taking place over four years, The Heretic, by Henry Vyner-Brooks, explores England during the Reformation period during 1530's.  It is a time of deceit, upheaval, and reform.  Brother Pacificus has takes center stage in this book along with his brother, and the children they rescued when their parents were taken as heretics.

Brother Pacificus is a former Lord, so he knows everything that is happening and soon he is part of one of the last Benedictine houses.  What will happen to him and the rest of the brothers, since the King and Cromwell are shutting them down?  Will all of Pacificus's plans work?  Will he be able to take care of his family, abbey, and the children he rescued?

About the Author-

Henry Vyner-Brooks currently lives with his wife in Cumbria.  He wrote this story for his sons.  He has been a landscape architect, property developer, and pastor.

My thoughts-

I thought this was a very interesting book, but the best part did not start until part three, when Pacificus took the children to one of his friends to be trained in the ways of nobility.

I know that the rest of the book was building up to this part, but it was long.  I think it would have been better if it was three separate books, instead of one.  I think 603 pages is a lot for one book, when none of it has been published before. 

I did like the list of characters, the artist's picture of Saint Benet's, the map, and diagrams of the abbey.  I liked the list of characters, because there were many different characters and it was nice to be able to keep track of them.

Although this was a long book, I would recommend it to others.  I thought it was an educational book

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received The Heretic, by Henry Vyner-Brooks, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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