Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The White Tribunal” as Want to Read:
The White Tribunal
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The White Tribunal

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  198 ratings  ·  12 reviews
In a land pockmarked with the grim relics of a long-ago war live a people consumed by the fear of magic. Those suspected of sorcery die at the hands of the infamous White Tribunal. And death and terror will reign until a young man pawns his soul for the temporary power to destroy his murdered father's false accusers.

Now, disguised as a foreigner and with his time measured
ebook, 508 pages
Published May 4th 2011 by Spectra (first published 1997)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The White Tribunal, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The White Tribunal

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 324)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Standard formula for Paula Volsky books: 1) Choose a major historical event, 2) Change the name of the country that event occurred in to something vaguely fantasy-sounding, 3) insert one each of two dimensional major female and male characters, 4) add some sort of "deity" or quasi-mystical sorcery of some sort so she can say she's written something original.

That was the way the first few books went and while they were readable, they weren't anything worth looking at twice. This book is different
Emily Snyder
The first time around, all I wanted was another "Illusion." This is Volsky's version of "The Count of Monte Christo," and once one embraces that, this book proves to be a gripping, terrifying, and mind-boggling read. The beginning is a little slow, but give it time: it's all fascinating and very bittersweet if satisfying. More, Ms. Volsky! More!
A deliciously fun and quick read, which happily reminded me of that same author's book ILLUSION, which my friend Merren made me read some time ago. This one is not about a revolution, but tells a story of the White Tribunal which exactly matches our own history's Inquisition. Instead of heretics, this Tribunal "Disinfects" supposed sorcerers. Like any type of witch hunt, most of the Disinfected folk are innocent. Certain parts of it had me quite angry, knowing such occurrences exist over and ove ...more
The sources which inspired Volsky are pretty obvious. Volsky is not a bad writer, and her sources of inspiration interest me, so I actually enjoyed the book despite its predictability.
This novel is more or less a revenge story, in a context that is essentially the Spanish Inquisition and witchcraft trials transplanted to a fantasy setting resembling Renaissance Germany (sans Protestant Reformation). It's all pretty straightforward. I feel that Volsky missed some opportunities for a deeper exploration of the nature of retribution, vengeance versus justice, and how much benefit the wronged party can truly get from any of them. I liked her novel The Grand Ellipse better.
In a single torturous chapter, young nobleman Tradain liMarchborg loses his family, wealth and freedom. He is sentenced to a lifetime in a hellish prison. By chance, he escapes after growing up in the prison, and devotes the remainder of his life to revenge. This was a gripping book, but Tradain’s methods of vengeance are ridiculously intricate and convoluted.
If you like Volsky's style, this should work for you. It been so long I don't remember many of the salient details, but I remember reading all through the night to finish it.
This is a fabulous book which is a blending of The Crucible and Count of Monte Cristo, witch hunts and revenge combine to make this a can't-put-down read.
The first half of the book moved along nicely, if slowly. Then the end just sort of went 'thud' and lay there like a dead fish.
great book about revenge, and it not really making you feel that much better.
The White Tribunal (Bantam Spectra Book) by Paula Volsky (1997)
Greg marked it as to-read
Dec 07, 2014
Robert Quigley
Robert Quigley marked it as to-read
Nov 03, 2014
Ian Johnston
Ian Johnston marked it as to-read
Sep 29, 2014
Kris marked it as to-read
Sep 22, 2014
Ashley marked it as to-read
Sep 22, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Arm Of The Stone (The Stone Duology, #1)
  • Quatrain
  • Avaryan Rising  (Avaryan Rising, #1-3)
  • The Crimson Sword (The Legend of Asahiel, #1)
  • A Dragon's Ascension (Band of Four, #3)
  • Dragonshadow (Winterlands, #2)
  • War of Three Waters: The Watershed Trilogy 3
  • Palace of Kings (Loremasters of Elundium, #2)
  • Shadow War (The Ruby Throne Trilogy, #2)
  • The Hands of Lyr (Five Senses, #1)
  • The Eye of Night
  • The Crystal Palace (The Book of Elementals, #2)
  • Bulfinch's Mythology: The Age of Chivalry/Legends of Charlemagne
  • Mennyms Alive (Mennyms, #5)
  • Storm Runner (Wolfwalker, #3)
  • The Hickory Staff
  • Lady in Gil (Gil Trilogy, #1)
  • The Diviner
Paula Volsky is an American fantasy author. Born in Fanwood, New Jersey, she majored in English literature at liberal arts college Vassar in New York State. At the University of Birmingham, England, she received an M.A. in Shakespearian studies. Before writing fantasy, she sold real estate and also worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Illusion, The Wolf of Winter, The Ga
More about Paula Volsky...
Illusion The Wolf of Winter The Grand Ellipse The Gates of Twilight The Sorcerer's Lady (Sorcerer, #1)

Share This Book