A meeting of two worlds. A tale of forbidden love. A chronicle of heresy and crime. Set in the late twelfth century in England and Arab-Norman Sicily, The Cult is a beautifully written novel that follows the fates of Elise, Edmond, and Martin, three pupils of a learned English teacher. Early in the story, all three friends become caught in a web of deceit and threatened byA meeting of two worlds. A tale of forbidden love. A chronicle of heresy and crime. Set in the late twelfth century in England and Arab-Norman Sicily, The Cult is a beautifully written novel that follows the fates of Elise, Edmond, and Martin, three pupils of a learned English teacher. Early in the story, all three friends become caught in a web of deceit and threatened by an ancient Gnostic cult reincarnated in a new and monstrous form. Pledged to each other, Elise and Edmond strive to keep their love alive despite great opposition. One by one, each for a different reason, all three come to Arab-Norman Sicily, a rich and brilliant realm where Christians, Jews, and Muslims live in peace. In cosmopolitan Palermo, minarets rise beside church towers, the Norman king keeps a harem, and Muslims work with Christian clerics to recover classic texts. Here Martin meets Khalil al-Din, the Arab scholar who will change his life. As their imperiled lives unfold, all three friends struggle against both the evil of the cult and the oppressive prohibitions of their time. Their intimate stories bring to life an epic age whose conflicts closely parallel our own. ...
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|Number of Pages||:||356 Pages|
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the cult a novel of two norman kingdoms the abraxas chronicles book 1 Reviews
I had ups and downs with this book. Good things and bad things.Good things- the story was interesting and the pacing was, while not perfect, at least enough to keep a reader going. The characters were fairly well developed.Bad things- I have a hard time calling this "historical fiction" because, although it included some period characters, it really had almost no environmental detail or description of how people of the time really lived.All of the characters, even those who are not nobles, have random seemingly endless supplies of money that allow them to just do whatever with their lives. If they fall out with a sponsor, another one shows up like magic. The characters don't seem to have any struggle to access resources.Additionally, the characters did not have period appropriate attitudes or even seem affected by period values at all. It doesn't even really discuss what they eat, or what they wear, or where they live, or how they get around. Elise constantly bristles at the expectations placed on her as a woman, and is upset that she is expected to marry someone she doesn't love. And the ending was really abrupt. THe entire book builds the characters and the suspense of evil cult activity, and then the whole thing just ends with a fizzle.
Secrecy abounds in this carefully crafted cliffhanger journeying from Norman England to Sicily when Moslems and Christians lived side by side, worked and shared their culture under a series of benevolent monarchs. During this time, illuminated manuscripts were being made in monasteries. Richard Devlin, an author with real promise, creatively introduces religious scholars alongside an intriguing mystery whose thread runs throughout the story. It is the golden chain tying all the occult events, including three love stories, together.Mr. Devlin cleverly embroiders his tale shrewdly interspersing spellbinding details into a spooky religious mystery. His intriguing details about the period are grounded in excellent research, leading the reader to want more. This book was filled with details bound to transport us to another place and time and lead us deeper into an intricate scary riddle.I can't wait for the second one in his series of The Abraxas Chronicles. It’s bound to be a page turner and will keep me awake late into the night as this one did.
This is the opening book in an exciting new trilogy entitled the Abraxas Chronicles, and it is a true stunner. The opening sentences hooked me until the story's ultimate conclusion. All the elements I love are included: an old abbey, a gothic feel, a multi-layered romance, murder, and an exciting plot! The secrets of an ancient old cult thrust the lives of three young persons into peril and force their separation, affecting them each in diverse ways. It was all so very fascinating and intriguing. Beautifully written, brilliantly plotted, this is a must read, especially for fans of Ken Follett, or aficionados of books set in the medieval era. It is much more than a murder myster, much more than a saga, much more than a romance. It is rich in every way. Loved it! Will definitely read more from this author. You should read it too! I am eagerly anticipating book 2 in the trilogy. Thank you to the author. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.