Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Book Nook: The Inquisitor's Tale

My daughter loves fantasy books, so I was happy to get to review The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog. The book has a sense of humor, and incorporates big questions of faith and prejudice within the historical context of the conflicts of medieval times.

It was a great way to talk about the historical time period, and even the art is in the same style - doodles that sometimes fit the story, sometimes contradict the text, and sometimes are something else entirely. The three children - an oblate from a monastery, a Jewish boy who fled a burning village, and a peasant girl who keeps her prophetic visions a secret - travel along with the girl's dog who recently came back from the dead. They escape prejudice and persecution, save holy texts, are taken captive by knights, sit beside the king, and more.

It has an appropriate level of suspense to bring the story along, and gives a unique glimpse into the conflicts of the medieval times.

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