THE PASSION OF DOLSSA -- weaves complex historical and religious matters into a spellbinding thriller
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry (2016, Viking Books for Young Readers; 496 pages)
The author of All the Truth That’s In Me will release a new historical fiction young adult novel in April. I’ve been able to read an advance reader’s copy, and I found it fascinating.
The novel is set in Medieval France, under the shadow of The Inquisition. There, the lives of two extraordinary young women, a mystic and a matchmaker, collide, resulting in miracles that put an entire village in mortal danger. This book is the story of Dolssa.
The back cover of the book adds this information:
“In the waning days of the thirteenth century, a Dominican friar stumbled on a secret that the Church had intended to keep buried forever-a testimony so dangerous, it had to be burned. Hidden in the archives, among decades of records, was a story-the shocking, heartbreaking, awe-inspiring story of an unlikely friendship, of thwarted love, of a searing mission for vengeance that brought the wrath of a ruthless and far reaching hierarchy down to crush an entire village. All because of one girl, Dolssa, who refused to remain silent.”
With unique characters and a strong plot, this reading was a transcendent experience that I recommend to readers with a passion for historical novels, religious mystics or gender politics.
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Recommended by: Maite