Available: September 26, 2014
Lion Fiction Publishing
I love good, historical fiction; fiction that bring life to bygone eras. I looked forward to reading The Heretic from Henry Vyner-Brooks which opens in March 1536 during the reign of King Henry VIII – a time when true Christians suffered for their faith.
This book is written and published in England. The style of writing is much different from the style of many American writers. The Heretic is written in third-person which allows the reader to “read the thoughts” of the characters; yet, at times, you may come across numerous paragraphs of just the character’s thoughts. Further, Henry Vyner-Brooks assumes the reader knows the bigger historical context while he focuses on the day-to-day storytelling.
The publisher’s description states: “The Heretic is based on historical events and real people.” It would be wonderful if the author added a preface with historical details of the times and a more in-depth description of the main historical characters. This would be especially helpful for those unfamiliar with English history regarding the Christian church.
Overall, the novel sheds light on the daily hardships of the believers during the mid-1530s. It is not a light read, but needs to be read intentionally.
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars B-
I received a complimentary copy of The Heretic from Kregel Publishing for my honest review.