Faithful: Birth of Saints Book Two (Birth of Saints #2)
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse
Publication Date: November 15th, 2016
Following Grudging–and with a mix of Terry Goodkind and Bernard Cornwall–religion, witchcraft, and chivalry war in Faithful, the exciting next chapter in Michelle Hauck’s Birth of Saints series!
A world of Fear and death…and those trying to save it.
Colina Hermosa has burned to the ground. The Northern invaders continue their assault on the ciudades-estados. Terror has taken hold, and those that should be allies betray each other in hopes of their own survival. As the realities of this devastating and unprovoked war settles in, what can they do to fight back?
On a mission of hope, an unlikely group sets out to find a teacher for Claire, and a new weapon to use against the Northerners and their swelling army.
What they find instead is an old woman.
But she’s not a random crone—she’s Claire’s grandmother. She’s also a Woman of the Song, and her music is both strong and horrible. And while Claire has already seen the power of her own Song, she is scared of her inability to control it, having seen how her magic has brought evil to the world, killing without reason or remorse. To preserve a life of honor and light, Ramiro and Claire will need to convince the old woman to teach them a way so that the power of the Song can be used for good. Otherwise, they’ll just be destroyers themselves, no better than the Northerners and their false god, Dal. With the annihilation their enemy has planned, though, they may not have a choice.
A tale of fear and tragedy, hope and redemption, Faithful is the harrowing second entry in the Birth of Saints trilogy.
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Faithful picks up shortly after Grudging, with the people of Colina Hermosa still in turmoil but the Northern invaders have retreated. Claire is still thrown after accessing a large amount of her power to protect these people, most of whom still fear her, and touching a brand of magic she feels should be left buried. While tensions rise in camp, Ramiro patrols the desert that the Northern army has left abandoned, and discovers hints of of a gruesome new threat.
While Faithful is definitely a middle book, it carries itself well and doesn’t feel like filler material. It is definitely building up for a great ending, but that doesn’t take away from the story it has to tell. The politics that play out among the people of Colina Hermosa are just as present here as in Grudging, and we get more of Teresa’s story as well. And while all of the character’s stories interweave and function together to create a great story and a complex world, I would have to say the most important is Claire’s relationship with her grandmother. There is a lot of growth in both characters and I loved that Michelle added another strong lady to her series’ cast. Alongside Claire’s story we have Ramiro’s, and his decisions between his city and his loyalty to Claire, and what his duty truly is anyway.
As this trilogy comes to a close, I can’t wait to see how all of the story lines and separated points of view come together. Each play an enormous role, and a successful ending can’t happen without all of them meeting and working together. And I’ll also take a bit more of Ramiro and Claire’s romance and Claire’s growing friendship with Fronilde.
Michelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of northern Indiana with her hubby and two teenagers. Two papillons help balance out the teenage drama. Besides working with special needs children by day, she writes all sorts of fantasy, giving her imagination free range. A book worm, she passes up the darker vices in favor of chocolate and looks for any excuse to reward herself. Bio finished? Time for a sweet snack.
She is a co-host of the yearly contests Query Kombat and Nightmare on Query Street, and Sun versus Snow.
Her epic fantasy, Kindar’s Cure, is published by Divertir Publishing. Her short story, Frost and Fog, is published by The Elephant’s Bookshelf Press in their anthology, Summer’s Double Edge. She’s repped by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary.
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11/10/2016- History from a Woman’s Perspective– Review
11/11/2016- Marty Mayberry– Guest Post
11/14/2016- Book for Thought– Review
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