'Tuscany, 1096 AD. Luca, young heir to the title of Conte de Falconi, sees demons. Since no one else can see them, Luca must keep quiet about what he sees. Luca sees his father murdered in a dream and vows to stop it coming true. Even if he has to go against his father’s wishes and follow him on the great pilgrimage to capture the Holy Lands. When Luca is given an ancient book that holds some inscrutable power, he knows he’s been thrown into an adventure that will lead to places beyond his understanding. But with the help of Suzan, the beautiful girl he rescues from the desert, he will realise his true quest: to defeat the forces of man and demon that wish to destroy the world.'
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By no means religious myself, I am actually interested in historical fiction that deals with themes of saints, gods and angels etc. A book about the crusades with fantastical elements is a perfect book premise for me! A journey that takes the characters from Italy to Jerusalem on the crusades. Marketed as a YA book, I think it is marketed apprtopiately as although there are some scenes of slaughter/violence, I didn’t think it was a problem.
One of the main genres of literature I read is fantasy and another being historical fiction. This book could have been as much a hitroucsl fiction novel and stood on it’s own as one, without the inclusion of demons. The characters are so likeable and Suzan in particular makes for a great female lead. This book could equally have been a stand-alone historical novel without the inclusion of the Demons. The storyline is strong and the characters likeable.
This story is fast-paced and has a bit of everything for everyone. A bit of romance, magic and adventure as well as the well-researched historical side. The romance for me was a bit too quick to be conceivably realistic, however it was sweet and I can’t fault the execution as such.
Overall, I did really enjoy the pacing of the plot, it was a little slow in places, but this didn't mean I didn't enjoy it. The characters are all highly likeable, and their actions and emotions are all presented are extremely realistic. I also highly enjoyed the fantastical elements, they felt so real and it was placed delicately into the story, so as to not be overwelmhing. Even if you don't enjoy fantasy, I think you could enjoy this novel for the historical elements alone.
Read ‘The Book of Whispers’ if you like historical fiction, particularly the crusades, but also if you are interested in YA fiction that includes demons and magic. I enjoyed the world building and it felt like you were in the foray of the crusades, with the emotions and actions portrayed. I would recommend this book.