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The Huguenot Sword Paperback – October 4, 2011
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Enjoyed all the sword play which reminded me in many ways of The Three Muskateers. Also an excellent portrayal of the seige of La Rochelle.
I enjoyed the book very much.
ancestors were Huguenots or descended from them.
It was difficult to stay with it but did get better.
It has given me some insight to the things people of
that time went through for freedom, of religion, particularly.
The situation becomes desperate when those in power launch a bold plan to destroy the group. One wrong move can be fatal. But the ordeal of Paris pales in comparison to the possible annihilation of the faith and people at the Battle of La Rochelle.
My Review of the Book:
I was first attracted to this book because I'm a fan of Shawn Lamb's work. I also recently found out that my mother's side of the family were Huguenots.This story gives life to the history of the Hugenots and well as their plight. The story reminded me of The Three Musketeers, the Scarlet Pimpernel with a little bit of the Princess Bride thrown in. Shawn Lamb does an excellent job of exploring how young adults view faith and how they ultimately must decide what they believe and how their beliefs will affect the rest of their lives. I'm thankful the author put a character list in the front of the book. I often got the names mixed up.
Overall I think the Huguenot Sword is an excellent read! It's a great mix of action, adventure and faith!
About the Author:
Shawn Lamb has written for children's television and has won several screenwriting awards, including a Certificate of Merit from the American Screenwriters Association. She is active in various church ministries and has created her own curriculum based upon Proverbs 31. Shawn lives outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband of 25 years and their college-aged daughter.
The story focuses on three Huguenot men and their families. The characters are well drawn with depth and I felt great empathy for each of them as they struggled against the Cardinal's machinations, family hatred and expectation and their own inner conflict regarding belief. Theses men and the women in their lives go through dark times and grave danger that tests their faith to its foundations. The relationships were realistic and true to their time. I enjoyed the blend of real and fictional characters that was seamless.
The storyline was incredible with all its twists and turns leaving me breathless at times to discover what would happen next. I was impressed by the historical accuracy and the light in which this religious group was accurately portrayed.
I am impressed by the talent to balance history, romance, and fiction all in one superb tale.
I am no expert of the 17th century nor of the Huguenots, but there were some descriptions and facts that seemed to me either wrong or anachronical, and this made me seriously doubt of the historical accuracy throughout the pages I read.
For instance right in the beginning of the book, the protagonists turn to Rue Réanmur - it is actually Réaumur. But this is more than just french misspelling: The Rue Réaumur is a Haussmannian street of Paris, which was built in the... 19th century under Napoléon III. It just felt like the author had opened google maps and picked up a pleasant (but misspelled) street name in central Paris.
This in one example among others - and not only historical, some parts sounded full of french clichés.
I didn't finish it, and read Alexandre Dumas instead.
I'd have put it 2 stars if it didn't come with DRMs.