Renee Masson grew up in a small town in New Hampshire, always surrounding herself with nature. Her inspiration typically comes from peaceful moments she finds in nature, as simple as snow falling directly onto her face. The first novel she wrote is this very novel, Tearing Honor. She first started writing novels as a participant of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and continues to do so to this day. She has a novel in her queue to release, and plans to write many more!--This text refers to the
I grew up in a small town in New Hampshire, always surrounding myself with nature. My inspiration typically comes from peaceful moments I find in nature, as simple as snow falling directly onto my face. The first novel I wrote is entitled "Tearing Honor." I first started writing novels as a participant of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and continue to do so to this day. I have a novel in my queue to release, and plan to write many more!
"I think Renee Masson's "Tearing Honor" is a very good first novel. She shows great attention to detail and obviously does her research. I felt completely enveloped into her world and was taken away to another time. A time steeped in superstitions and ignorance. A time when a simple misunderstanding can result in being hunted down like an animal.
Tearing Honor is 128 pages and is a fast easy read although I did read it over a couple of days. I give it 5/5
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Honestly I was pushed towards this book as a friend of a friend wrote it, and was trying to let people know she had finally pushlished something.
I bought it as a "leave me alone" payment, but I was thoroughly surprised once I started reading it. I have a habit of abandoning books that I don't like, but this one I read straight through.
The family tensions are well written and build into the climax of the book. I don't want to give any spoilers in the review but it's well worth the read!
The only downside to the novel is that it is self published. It doesn't hurt the book at all, but I'm not a fan of the formatting and type set. But I was able to get past that and really enjoyed the book.
Looking forward to future books by Renee! =)
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This book had a lot of potential to be a great read in my eyes; historical setting, nun turning to witchcraft, brother as a templar knight going on a crusade. Long lost siblings finding each others, just so their worlds would clash and them to turn on each others.
I really wanted to like this book and for what I knew about it, I really thought I would. The beginning was very promising, but when it got to the point, where we meet Juliana (the sister) as a twelve year old nun things take a turn for the worse. Ready to step into the role the convent's abbedissa had prepared her as an almoner and on her first sick visit Juliana has an epiphany when the old man tells her to live her life and not live it for others.
After the visit it over she wanders off and buys a manuscript saying Wicca in the the title. I don't know much about historical facts, but it really seemed odd to me, that a twelve year old nun at the time would carry that much money with her - especially on a sick visit. I swallowed it for the story's sake, since the girl would turn into witchcraft, so she had to learn it from somewhere.
His brother Clement is trained as a knight and signs up to be a templar knight. It's stated that he's been one with God since he tried to drown his newborn sister (because his father told him they would have to give her up) and been a very good christian since then. When he first heard about templar knights and what they do (turn heretics into christian by the force of the sword) he has been determined to want to be part of them. And yet he doubts their way of life (killing people and be religious at the same time) already during the same evening.