What could I possibly say about this book, besides the fact that this is one of the best books I've read in a long time? It was wonderfully written, m...moreWhat could I possibly say about this book, besides the fact that this is one of the best books I've read in a long time? It was wonderfully written, masterful even. The characters were unique and their personalities remained true throughout the story. They had such depth to them! The book is written with several characters narrating their accounts, each told in first person POV. I loved the way this was done because it gave me a better understanding of each of the characters. I loved each of them (view spoiler)[ except for Destrada's man (hide spoiler)]. I would highly recommend the audiobook narrated by Jonathan Oliver. He brings the stories to life and narrates each character so that their personalities shine through. I'd say that one of the things I loved so much about the book was his narration. Many people found the format confusing, but with the audiobook it is easy to follow as each of the characters has their own unique voice.
There was so much suspense in this book! I felt like absolutely anything could happen at any time and just when I thought I knew how a situation would end...BAM! Everything would change. Just like real life, nothing is certain. The suspense nearly killed me. In a good way, of course. My heart was pounding, I wanted to either duck and cover or go fight someone.
I don't know much about the Thirty Years War except from what I read in the book, but it has spurred me on to learn more. The author wrote in a way that I could easily imagine the setting and the atmosphere of the place. It felt real. I wanted to be out there, fighting alongside the French defenders. The desperation, anger, grief...I felt it all keenly.
I loved every moment of Honour And The Sword. Finishing the book was like losing a very good friend. Nothing I write in this review could possibly do it justice. So read it! Do it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This was a very good, character driven story written in the present tense. I loved the description of the Paris streets and slums during the 1700's. T...moreThis was a very good, character driven story written in the present tense. I loved the description of the Paris streets and slums during the 1700's. Things were not pretty, not at all, and this story tells all the dirty details. I was horrified at the living conditions through most of the book.
Jean-Baptiste begins as a very impressionable young man with not much worldly experience and I loved how his character grew during the span of the story.
The story itself was very literary and although I loved the writing, I wished I could have sunk down into it more.
Pure was very good, very well-written...and often disgusting. Which is really true to history, I think. (less)