When I first picked up Sacrifice by Sarah Singleton, I thought two things: 1) Wow this cover looks familiar and 2) What? It looks exactly like the cover for Heretic! Of course, it’s not linked in anyway to Heretic, it just has a similar cover, that’s all.
Sacrifice follows three different individuals: Jacinth, a girl who is locked up in Bohemia; Miranda, a young girl living in England who has just moved to her grandparents’ house as her father has been killed and her mother was sent to an asylum home and James Maslin, an elderly man found by a young Irish chap, Jack, who originally thought Maslin was dead.
Despite having never met, they all share something in common – Jacinth, Miranda and Maslin are all descendants of the Crusader Knights. Over seven centuries ago, a group of 12 knights received a lily from an angel to help them defeat their enemies in a holy war…but over the centuries, the lily’s mysterious power has warped and darkened. Gifts still remain in the descendants, but curses are far more prevalent. Jacinth can use her far-sight, Miranda her foresight and Maslin sees the past. Together they must combine to reverse the curse before the Tremayne brothers, also descendants of the knights, steal the lily and try to retain the power for their own selfish purposes.
The plot in this book was really quite interesting. It was set in the late 1800s and the setting was believable and likeable. The plot was as thick as…something extremely thick. I was often surprised by the plethora of twists and turns Sarah threw in. All in all, the plot was very strong.
However, Sarah’s writing style often disappointed me. At times it was hard to tell what was going on, and I blame her verbose language for this. In numerous circumstances she turned a simple sentence into a complex, hard to understand sentence which seemed to drag on the book. Her writing also didn’t seem to flow very well; time worked very strangely in her writing, if you know what I mean, and it all just seemed so choppy and unpolished.
Despite this, I believed the plot and the strong characters made up for Sarah’s lacking writing style. I really liked Jacinth; having being left on the street after her parents died and captured and locked up in a tower by Tremayne, she really had quite a story and an interesting personality. I found Miranda changed her personality a lot…one moment she was warm and happy, the next cold. This was interesting, though. Jack seemed a bit unnecessary until towards the end of the book.
Sacrifice was a pretty good book. Sure, at times it was hard to know what was happening in this fantasy novel, but I really liked the unique plot and characters.