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Place Hold. Add a Review. Add To List. More Details. Investigating the murder of an eminent scholar who was robbed of mysterious manuscripts, Sister Fidelma and her companion, Brother Eadulf, are quickly targeted by the same killer in a case that is complicated by divisive personal problems. By the author of The Council of the Cursed. As the mystery deepens, Fidelma and Eadulf must also wrestle with problems of their own, which threaten to separate them for ever A great read'.
Well-paced and suspenseful, sprinkled with Old Irish terms and fascinating details of early Irish life Fidelma is a an original and complex character Medieval Ireland never seemed so real to me until I began reading this series. When Fidelma and Eadulf are asked to look into the mysterious murder of an eminent scholar in an abbey, they uncover a plot that is beyond belief and a madness and a zealousness that leaves a path of destruction in its wake.
I truly do recommend this series, but my opinion is that it must be read as a series in order to receive a full appreciation of the magnitude of Tremayne's work. Dec 28, Alan rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery , historical-fiction. Another good book in a series I think I've read all of.
In this one Sister Fidelma decides she doesn't really want to be a sister any more, rather just focus on the law.
There is also some troubles between her and her husband Brother Eadulf, which started in the last book 20 and isn't yet resolved by the end of this one. But Fidelma's brother the Kind of Cashel has need of their skills and brings them back together Eadulf's been living in a religious community at the Abbey of Ruan most of the Another good book in a series I think I've read all of. But Fidelma's brother the Kind of Cashel has need of their skills and brings them back together Eadulf's been living in a religious community at the Abbey of Ruan most of the problems here go back to the fact that according to Irish law they are not equal partners in this marraige and in fact Fidelma has more rights and privileges then Eadulf.
This particular story line has to do with a religious scholar who is killed, it turns out that he had lost his faith and had been studying some heretical writings which have to do with disputing the immaculate conception of Christ, rather trying to prove that Mary was raped, thus disproving the Gospels. Nov 09, Steve rated it liked it. Story is set in AD in Ireland. This is book 21 in the Sister Fidelma series. I plan to add the earlier books to my to read list. I enjoy this genre of historical set mysteries. If "learning" about life in another time and place doesn't interest you then a book like this is not for you.
This is a complex story with many twists and complex characters. Tremayne goes a little far for my taste at times as he has the characters speaking in Latin not my strong suit despite 2 years of study or in Story is set in AD in Ireland. Tremayne goes a little far for my taste at times as he has the characters speaking in Latin not my strong suit despite 2 years of study or in whatever language the Irish spoke in the seventh century. I really enjoyed the historical context of the religious life before introduction of practices like celibacy and other edits of Rome.
If this all sounds too pedantic don't be put off there are several murders, attempted murders, a strong vein of religious intolerance, and a strong female main character. Aug 17, Laura Edwards rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-mystery. I liked this book. I only have one comment to make. If you read the reviews for the early entries of this series, a lot of readers complain that Sister Fidelma is too perfect.
Now that she is exhibiting some faults, readers complain about that, too. Poor Sister Fidelma. I like her the way she is.
Tough, smart, proud and a little too unbending at times. Yes, she has faults.
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It makes her character human and more relatable. And for the people so sympathetic to Eadulf, he has faults, too.
Why would I liked this book. Why would he try to force Fidelma into giving up law, her one, true passion in life?
Great sites for more info:. Martin's Press. Eadulf wants to retreat to an abbey community with their son while Fidelma wants to stop being a religieuse and devote herself to the law. British writer Peter Beresford Ellis, writing under the name Peter Tremayne for this series, is a Celtic scholar and has lectured and written over 30 non-fiction books, most of them about Ancient Ireland. Home Contact us Help Free delivery worldwide.
If he thinks he's miserable now, consider his life with Fidelma if she were forced to live like a caged bird. If the roles were reversed, you can bet no one would take such a viewpoint, that a man give up his livelihood just to please his wife. Upon returning home, Fidelma and Eadulf are having a bit of a trial separation due to Fidelma's wish to withdraw from orders and Eadulf's need to be his own man.
When an abbot nearby needs help with a locked room mystery death, the king sends them both in hopes of fixing the breach as well as the mystery. The clues were a bit hamfisted this time around and only the secondary crime remained a mystery to me. The other ding against this book is really against a trend in the series. The chronology i Upon returning home, Fidelma and Eadulf are having a bit of a trial separation due to Fidelma's wish to withdraw from orders and Eadulf's need to be his own man. The chronology is getting wrong. For instance, Eadulf says he hasnt seen her in fancy dress as princess for some time, but that is not true he did last book at the reception in town.
Just consistency details problems like he's never heard of X but really this is the fourth time he hasn't. Just making it a bit annoying to be distracted. Jan 09, Harriette rated it it was amazing.
One of the better ones in the Sister Fidelma series. Berresford Ellis writing as Tremayne about the early Irish church, my favorite part of Ireland Munster in the 's - and his intriguing mystery - are to be enjoyed on many levels.
It was not a pretty time and Tremayne does not romanticise it. Fidelma is not always a likeable character here. However, I admire her. She engages superstition, fanaticism, mysoginy, cruelty, ignorance and fear with the weapons of truth, information and the Irish la One of the better ones in the Sister Fidelma series. I learn so much while following the twists and turns of the story. This scholar of ancient Ireland has written another fascinating mystery.
View all 5 comments. Jul 24, John Szalasny rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction.