Sanctus (Sancti Trilogy #1)
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One man's sacrifice shocks the world . . .
One woman's courage threatens a conspiracy as old as humanki...more
Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my GIFTS AND GUILTY list.
Regardless of how many books are already queued patiently on my reading list, unexpected gifts and guilt-trips will always see unplanned additions muscling their way in at the front.
The word on Sanctus from my GR friends:
My Synopsis: A man has climbed the sheer, 1000-foot mountain out of which the Citadel is made. When the tourists who have visited Ruin, Turkey to see this ancient religious fortress arrive, they are astounded to see what looks like a large “T” on top of it; only to discover that it is a man who sta ...more
I read it in short order, in every five minutes available.
Sanctus is intriguing, complex and absorbing from beginning to middle.
I use this odd turn of phrase because the second half os also intriging, complex and absorbing, but it is also exciting, action- packed, fascinating and explosive (quite literally).
Once you're about 25 pages in, the book is impossible to abandon. You just H ...more
Especially off-putting was the flitting back and forth between locations, which challenged the reader to remember just who the hell was being talked about in each new chapter. Characters came and left in the space of a few sentences. D ...more
- The Gripping opening - was immediately pulled into story
- Premise/High Concept
- Samuel - great character
- Short Chapters - like a bag of potato chips...just want to keep reading/eating
- Fabulous writing skills - action words, fast-moving description, well-written
What Did not work for me:
- Middle of book was saggy
- Skimmed over last 1/3 of book - Just wanted the book to be over
- Too long - could have benefitted from some plot tightening
- A few darlings needed to be killed
- Au ...more
The middle section, through written in short chapters with POV tossed between a wide number of characters, still dragged a bit. The characters were stock, for the most part. Evil monks driven by fanaticism to do horrible deed ...more
On the positive side I will admit that the central mystery presented at the beginning of the story kept me reading to the end (even though I almost gave up on the book several times) so I could see what it was all really about.
Now for the negatives:
A) This is a historical thriller grounded in EASTERN Church history (a secretive monastery located in what is now Turkey). The author seems to have n ...more
Category – Mystery/Thriller
In Ruin, Turkey, there is a monastery build on the side of a mountain. It is called The Citadel and it is a country unto itself. No one, except the Monks, have access to the facility that contains untold ancient artifacts, including its most sacred possession, The Sacrament.
Most monks are of the order “Sanctus” but there are a few that have obtained the order of “Sancti”. The Sancti have the privilege of seeing The ...more
My main compla ...more
While concentrating on a religious mystery, Sanctus is far more grounded in reality and visceral action than that of its predecessor and in this way carves itself out as a unique novel. Toyne’s ...more
And then he jumps.
For Liv Adams this is the first time that she has seen her brother in eight years, having thought that he was already dead. She drops everything to rush to the city to find out what happened. For Kathryn Mann this moment may indicate that the promised prophecy scratched onto a ...more
With twists, turns and surprises you’re curiou ...more
Kathryn Mann has an ancient prophecy, which predicts the fall of the monk, the rise of the monk to unlock the Sacrament, and bring forth a new age.
So when the monk falls from the top of the mountain there are a great many people interested in why other than the Inspector Davud Arkadian.
Their interes ...more
This thriller lives up to the genre, never boring and full of twists and turns. The setting is contemporary, the religion is ancient. The juxtaposition of ancient world and new technology worked well. Full of great characters and puzzles and the occasionally weird, the ...more
All book ...more
This book started well - I was prepared to ignore the flourishes of over-writing (are books not edited anymore?), and was even gripped at one point, but then... Well, then it all went wrong. It is, if you like that sort of thing - and I usually do - a good thriller. But the characters are so flimsy, so unbelievable (in that they just don't behave like real people, only to fulfill various plot devices and cliches), so 'meh' that it just went flat for this reader. By page two ...more
I fully fell victim to what Toyne intended in the story, to believe that the Citadel, where the action takes place, was in an actual place in Turkey called Ruin. The reality and history he created to build the novel upon was first rate. I could actually imagine Ruin being visited by the multitudes wanting to see t ...more
Sancti Trilogy: There are times when searching for new authors that I find myself reading a series out of sequence and this was one of those times. My first discovery of Toyne's work was when I picked up "The Key;" the second novel in the Citadel series. Which in turn meant that if I didn't like it I wouldn't be wasting my time going back and reading first "Sanctus". Happy Accident that I liked the second book so well I got on the library waiting list fo ...more
He quit in 2007, just shy of his fortieth birthday, to try and focus more on writing ...more