Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Back To My First Love -- Historical Fiction

I am taking a little side road away from my normal YA reading list to return to an old love of mine -- historical fiction.  As a Catholic School lifer, I had the story of Jean d'Arc and the 100 years war hammered into my brain at a young age, so I went in with a vague idea of what to expect.  I'm glad I did. Without a solid foundation of who this girl was, I think I would've found this book hard to follow.  

The Maid is gritty and realistic, bringing the reader through all the brutality of the 100 years war.  The language is crude but well used, and the battle scenes are vivid and raw.  It is true, hard-core historical fiction.  Be forewarned . . .  those looking for romantic settings and white knights should seek their reading pleasure elsewhere.  The book is as compelling and perplexing as the Joan d'Arc herself, and although fiction, it was clearly well researched and historically accurate.  All and all, I have to say it was the perfect book for me to rediscover my passion for truly historical fiction.

6 comments:

  1. I love historical fiction, too. This would be perfect for me.

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  2. This one caught my eye too since I've always had a fascination with Joan's story. Might need to pick it up.

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  3. I still love historical fiction in the right hands. I'm in awe of someone who can write with accuracy and style. This sounds fascinating.

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  4. I love historical fiction as well! Will have to check it out. Thanks!

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  5. Interesting. . . I have to admit I have never read much historical fiction, but that doesn't mean I'm not willing to give it a try:)

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