- Age Range: 12 - 17 years
- Grade Level: 8 - 12
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Pauline Books & Media (January 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 081987535X
- ISBN-13: 978-0819875358
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Treachery and Truth: A Story of Sinners, Servants, and Saints Paperback – January 1, 2016
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The narrator, Poidevin, stole my heart immediately. This child slave learned the kindness and generosity of Vaclav, who became his master and friend after a turn of political events. Through Vaclav, Poidevin grew from a follower of his people's pagan teachings to one of Christ's.
I eagerly returned to this novel each day until I completed it, while reading a few novels at once. Treachery and Truth is short as novels go, but that's a good thing to draw the interest of young male readers. If I were to change one thing about the story, it's this: Toward the end, Poidevin has matured and says he has been trained by Zito to defend Vaclav. I wish there had been a scene earlier that shows him in training. I think teen boys would enjoy that.
The story is told through the eyes of Wenceslaus's young servant, Poidevin, who was a true historical figure. I don't know how old he was in reality, but the author has made him a couple years younger than Wenceslaus, who, at the start of the book, is about sixteen.This thoughtful touch makes the story all the more appealing to young adults, who can easily relate to both the saint and his servant.
Although it's a relatively short novel at only 160 pages, it instantly immerses the reader deep into the atmosphere and history of the turbulent tenth century. Bohemia at the time was divided between Christianity and the old pagan religion, and although Wenceslaus (called throughout the book by his authentic Bohemian name, Vaclav) is baptized and a loyal follower of Christ, his mother and brother Boleslaus still cling to belief in many gods. Thus the holy young heir to the throne becomes the object of his own family's hatred. Treachery follows, leaving readers breathless with suspense until the very end, even if they already know the facts of Wenceslaus's life.
This is a delightful, inspiring, and fast-moving novel, sure to be enjoyed by teens and adults alike. Since reading it, I've been praying to Saint Wenceslaus every day. I guarantee you will too!
Katy has woven an excellent story around what is known of Vaclav or Wenceslas. I found the historical facts to be enlightening, and her interpretation, inspiring. It is an excellent story of a young person who is strong in faith, strong in mind, and strong in love and forgiveness, all qualities that I would hope to see my children develop.
Well written, Treachery and Truth is not a book that you will regret purchasing, and the important principles it relays aren't meant just for the young. My heart was touched more than once as I read it myself. As always, Katy's stories strike a chord of weakness in me and seem to find a way to edify and build up my faith in God for the grace to overcome and become stronger.
The story is cleverly written through the eyes of the Duke’s faithful servant, which was an intriguing way to tell this story. Though it’s a work of fiction, the story is based on the facts known about this historic figure and draws the reader into his fascinating life. It was inspiring to see this young hero’s faith and goodness that affected so many around him. I read this novel during Advent but it’s a fabulous book any time of the year. I look forward to reading more from this author.