Note: Josh is currently on a missions trip and will not be back until the 23rd. This is a pre-written post.
I was intrigued by the cover of Heretic, which beckoned me to borrow it from the library. I’ve had a rough few weeks with book reviews, with many of the past few receiving very low scores. However, Heretic did not disappoint me.
Sarah Singleton transports us into the 1500s to the Dyer family. Devout catholics, Elizabeth Dyer, a young girl, finds a green-tinged…creature?….girl?…in a nearby forest and is amazed to hear that she is actually her own age. The girl is Isabella, and she has spent the past 300 years in the faery world, hiding from persecutors who accused her of being the daughter of the witch.
However, Elizabeth has her own problems. A catholic priest – Robert – is hiding with her family, which is considered an act of treason. The Queen’s men are slowly closing in on the Dyer family and it’s up to Elizabeth and Isabella to save the family from being destroyed.
The plot was marvellous and unique. I love how Sarah blended in an act of treason with the faery world. The faeries themselves – also known as the Crow People – were fantastically portrayed and were very interesting. In fact, all the characters had amazing depth and were intriguing, especially Isabella. Lady Catherine was an extremely interesting character and it was a shame we didn’t see much of her past the halfway mark of the book.
Kit is really a scary villain and I applaud Sarah for making the characters so believable.
The settings described were luscious and amazing and I could not put this book down. However, at the start of the book I was confused with the amount of ‘she’s’ being used in the conversation between Isabella and Elizabeth. “She said this, she said that, etc.” I was often confused as to who exactly was speaking.
Isabella didn’t seem to fit in, namewise, but that makes sense too. All in all this was a fabulous read.