First things first about this book. There needs to be a sequel. As in tomorrow. Curse you Kindle for telling me I had 9% left, but not informing me that 8.96543% of that was the author’s notes (which were great by the way, I was just not emotionally prepared to be cut off before I was ready. #lifeofabooknerd). But I wanted more internet! More!
I love the books I’ve read by this author’s before (Iris Anthony is a pseudonym. The writer behind the name is an award winning author of 12 novels), so when the chance came up to read her recent release in a completely different market and genre, I jumped at the chance. Not only is it a chance to support the author, but it’s an exciting chance to “see” the author in a different avenue.
And, as I thought, it did not disappoint! The Miracle Thief kept me intrigued and definitely wanting more.
Do you believe in miracles?
Sister Juliana does. She’s seen miracles happen as she tends Saint Catherine’s altar and guards her relic. Yet she doesn’t quite dare to believe that even Saint Catherine could help her atone for her wicked past.
Anna does. And she so desperately needs one. In a time when a deformity is interpreted as evidence of a grievous sin, in a place where community is vital to existence, Anna has no family, no home, and no master.
Princess Gisele wants to. A miracle is the only thing that can save her from being given to a brutal, pagan chieftain in marriage.
For those who come in faith, saints offer the answer to almost any prayer. But other forces are plotting to steal Saint Catherine’s relic, to bend the saint’s power to their own use. Penitent, pilgrim, princess — all will be drawn into an epic struggle where only faith can survive. But in a quest for divine blessing, only the most ruthless of souls may win the prize.
It’s the kind of story where you want to know what happens next for characters. Even if it’s just telling me their day to day activities. That’s not easy task with a book written from three points of views, but Anthony is able to pull it off fantastically.
I love reading stories from this period (While set a bit apart time wise, it still reminded me Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth minus his sometimes graphic descriptions) and I always enjoy a story of redemption. Each woman, each different from the other, has a story and is looking for something deeper and you can’t help but be drawn into each of their lives. Anthony has done fabulous research and the stories of their journeys are fascinating. You can’t help but connect with them, their struggles, emotions and triumph.
Have you read many novels in this time period? What’s one of your favorites?
(I received a copy from Sourcebooks in exchange for my honest opinion)