The Sword of the MaidenPublication Date: December 3, 2015
Publisher: Self published at Langon House
Genre: Historical fiction, France, French history.
Pages: 515 pages
Source: Free copy from Kathleen C. Perrin and France Book Tours in exchange for a review.
Review: 5 stars for excellent.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kathleen C. Perrin holds bachelor’s degrees in French and Humanities from Brigham Young University and is a certified French translator. Besides being the author of The Watchmen Saga, she has published several non-fiction articles, academic papers, and a religious history about Tahiti. Kathleen has lived in Utah, New York City, France, and French Polynesia. She and her French husband have spent years investigating the mysteries and beauties of his native country —where they have a cottage—and have taken tourist groups to France. The Perrins have three children and currently reside in Utah.
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After being abruptly separated from Nicolas le Breton during the battle to save Mont Saint Michel in 1424, Katelyn Michaels finds herself back in her normal twenty-first century life as an American teenager. Depressed and anxious to be reunited with Nicolas, she is comforted when a series of events and impressions lead her to believe she is being prepared for another mission as a Watchman. When her beloved mentor, Jean le Vieux, comes to her in a dream and gives her the injunction to "learn of the Maiden and take her the sword." Katelyn understands that her mission involves assisting one of the most iconic figures in all of French History. Katelyn is once again whisked back to the turmoil of medieval France during the Hundred Year's War and to Nicolas. However, before the two can consider the future of their relationship, they must first complete their mission to take the sword to the Maiden. Little do they know that their old nemesis, Abdon, is already on their trail and will do everything in his unhallowed power to stop them.
I did not read book 1 in this series, but in the beginning pages of book 2, the author caught me up with the adventures of Katelyn Michaels.
The Sword of the Maiden is a time traveling story. The time period shifts from present day to 1424. The Hundred Year's War between England and France is in process.
I loved several features about this story: time period of 1400s, history, travel, culture, society, romance, and the introduction of a French humble maid.
An additional factor in the novel is angelic beings. These messengers are both heavenly and demonic. Unseen and seen forces are at work. A dark force is described as on the prowl and can appear at any moment. The people are on guard and work to prepare for an encounter.
The story is not a Christian fiction genre, but Bible verses are included, and throughout the story God is actively shown working in the lives of people.
The romantic element is pure. Their feelings for each other is a self-sacrificing love. Their love transcends time. They are patient, kind, gentle, and have self-control. These are descriptions written in 1 Corinthians chapter 13.
Katelyn's character is both a supportive role and main role. She is supportive as a warrior. She trains intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, and physically to fight both seen and unseen forces. She has a dual supportive role by helping Nicolas and a young maid named Jehanne d'Arc. Katelyn has a main role in the story because she is a narrator. The story centers on her voice, feelings, and strengths.
The Sword of the Maiden is a young adult read, but I enjoyed reading the story and recommend the book to both young adults and older adults.
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