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Bohemian Gospel

(Bohemian Trilogy #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,688 ratings  ·  317 reviews
Set against the historical reign of the Golden and Iron King, Bohemian Gospel is the remarkable tale of a bold and unusual girl on a quest to uncover her past and define her destiny.

Thirteenth-century Bohemia is a dangerous place for a girl, especially one as odd as Mouse, born with unnatural senses and an uncanny intellect. Some call her a witch. Others call her an angel.
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published November 15th 2015 by Pegasus
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Montzalee Wittmann
Bohemian Gospel by Dana Chamber Carpenter and narrated by Justine Eyre is a fascinating and riveting story of love, magic, and the paranormal. The characters are so interesting! A girl called Mouse that has supernatural abilities during a time of witch hunts. A monk that cares for the orphan Mouse and hides her gifts. A young king that falls in love with Mouse. Crazy adventure and action with unique creatures and creepy scenes. The plot goes sideways and keeps the reader on their toes. The endin ...more
Iris Blasi
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Granted, I'm biased, as I edited this book, but Bohemian Gospel is AMAZING.

I was absolutely bowled over within the first few pages of the book. The world was so rich, the characters were so vivid, and the writing was so captivating that I could hardly believe the book was a debut. But indeed it was, and I feel so lucky that I got to work with Dana to polish it into a finished book.

Every one who has read it so far has been absolutely mesmerized by the book — from the Killer Nashville committee
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love Mouse, the young girl at the center of this absorbing novel set in 13th century Bohemia. An orphan living in a monastery, Mouse has a sharp mind, a big heart, and powers that defy explanation. Many are afraid and call her a witch but in the monastery she is kept relatively safe -- until the day she saves the life of the Young King. Suddenly her life is turned upside down. Mouse is a fully developed and fascinating creation, and this book kept me up late nights as I raced through it to see ...more
"Bohemian Gospel" is my "American Beauty" of books. What I mean by this, is that the first time I saw the movie "American Beauty" with some friends, as soon as it ended I said, "I REALLY didn't like that." It was a super depressing, f'ed-up movie and made me feel weird. Then a few days went by, and I kept thinking about it, and thinking about it, and thinking about it. It was always on my mind. And by the end of the week, I sent my friends a text that said, "Guys... I think I liked 'American Bea ...more
Oct 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bohemian Gospel by Dana Chamblee Carpenter

I wasn’t at all sure I’d like this novel when Pegasus Books sent it to me for review. It just didn’t seem to be the type of novel I usually read. But I was extremely surprised! I couldn’t put the book down and finished it in one reading!

Mouse, the heroine of the story has been raised in Teplà Abbey. However; although it is the only home she has ever known, she is not allowed into the church. She has never been officially baptized, and never even given a
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was floating along, three-ish stars and pretty good but nothing wowzers. And then at about the 300 mark, it took a much darker turn and got really, really good. And the last ten pages or so? Heart breaking. And the last two pages? Boom. That, my friends, is how you end a mother-fucking book. With a boom.

*Update on the re-read: I bumped this up a star. I love this book.
Lightning review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

First of all, Bohemian Gospel needs to come with a trigger warning for EVERYTHING: rape and attempted rape, domestic violence, scenes of torture, and violence to animals and children. The last one was especially hard for me and I had to skim some scenes. A lot of historical fiction can get pretty gritty (history is not pretty, ya’ll), but this book was just goddamned depressing.

So this book pissed me off because Mouse is incredibly powerful. When we
Marie Z. Johansen
Disclosure first. The editor suggested that I might enjoy reading this book and sent me a copy. This person seems to be able to intuit what I will like though and so I was quite pleased to have the chance to read this book.She thought that since I had gone 'gaga' over "Hild" this book would be of it was! The 5 stars are all my own decision though - this is a great read!

When I turned the last page I began trying to think about how I would describe this book. It is light and dark, sw
Nov 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book belongs in the fantasy or horror categories. I like supernatural elements in books, but in this book they were overt, and to my mind, overdone. What I didn't like about the story:

--It is dark, dark, dark. There is no light, no beauty, not even in the characters. Perhaps the only good characters in the story were Fr. Lucas, Gitta, and Luka, although we can't know for sure, because we never learn anything about them even though Fr. Lucas raised Mouse, and Gitta was Mouse's maid in Prague
Kelsey McKim
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was refreshing to read a piece of historical fiction set in Bohemia/Central Europe as opposed to England/France/Germany (as much as I love historical fiction set in England, France, and/or Germany). While it took me a while to get into the novel, I later grew attached to Mouse and invested in her story. Over the course of Bohemian Gospel, Mouse gradually learns more details about her identity and past, and she has to find a way to reconcile herself to what she discovers and what her supernatu ...more
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Yep, a one day read for me because I could not put it down. The entire story and frame was built well, with characters that were woven together by blood and by tears. Beautiful historical (and speculative) fiction that will be enjoyed by readers of Sarah Dunant and Deborah Harkness.
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: folksiknow
Bohemian Gospel is a smart and assured debut. Beginning with the first action-filled chapter, I found myself completely immersed in the world of Europe's High Middle Ages: it felt grubby and earthy, full of a sense of Medieval magic. I love that feeling of immersion, and it was only deepened by the sense that there is much going on that Mouse isn't quite ready to access. This Medieval magic is not a romantic thing; it has complicated roots in both good and evil, and Mouse is completely entangled ...more
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
Amazing. Original. An awesome and complex heroine. A non-typical historical setting. One of those novels one finds themselves immersed in.
Holly Herda
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing

An equally if not more appropriate title for this book would be “Bohemian Gothic” because readers are in for an unusual dose of horror with their historical fiction.

But it's a buildup to said horror, so I'll start at the beginning.

The book starts out by throwing you right into the thick of things—literally. The main character, Mouse, is trapped in the middle of a thick cluster of knights, and there was some great imagery at work here. You could really feel and smell everything Mouse di
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Magical realism. Bohemian court life in the thirteenth century. A young king with a desire to improve life for all his subjects. And a mysteriously gifted protagonist whose only name is Mouse.

Someone's been peeking at my Christmas list.

That someone, of course, is none other than up-and-coming novelist Dr. Dana Chamblee Carpenter. Her debut, Bohemian Gospel, was my welcome companion over Thanksgiving break: I picked it up, read the first chapter, set it down briefly, and then returned to devour t
Nov 13, 2015 added it
More brutal and creepy than I expected! The world is engrossing and original, yet authentic, and the story takes the main character places that I could not predict, but was happy to follow. Recommended for fans of The Queen of the Tearling or The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic who are brave and like twisty supernatural things.
Dana Sparks
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm sad to leave Mouse's world. I read the book in a single sitting and definitely want more. The research serves as a strong backbone, but the real strength is in the characters and the story. I was left wanting to know more of the back story for nearly every main character - not that the book was lacking at all, but that the characters were so rich that I wanted to know them better. I'm a total sucker for strong, smart, capable female characters. I've also been recently reading the Sister Fide ...more
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book had me enthralled from the beginning. Contrary to the fun, light read I expected, it was weird and compelling. Unfortunately, the plot drags towards the ending.
Meg - A Bookish Affair
"Bohemian Gospel" is an original meshing of historical fiction and fantasy. Set in 13th century Bohemia, we meet Mouse, an unusual girl that has some supernatural powers. She grows up as an outcast, taken care of by the church, even though she is not allowed to get close to the religion itself. Then she saves a king and her life changes. This book has a lot of historical detail with a twist of the extraordinary.

At first, this book seems to be very much a straight historical fiction. There's grea
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
The stunning cover of Bohemian Gospel shelters a wonderfully unique tale about a poor young girl of unknown birth circumstances named Mouse who saves King Ottakar's life and swiftly becomes his most trusted personal healer. But Mouse is no ordinary girl. She possesses numerous gifts - the gift of foresight, the gift of healing, the gift of unusual hearing and sight, name a few. She is reluctantly swept into court life with its many political machinations and intrigues. King Ottaker becomes her p ...more
Oct 25, 2015 rated it liked it

Sooooo I am way too boggled by the ending of this book to think about the beginning! I will do my best to summarize. This novel is set in 13th-century Bohemia, and focuses on a young girl--with some very uncanny abilities--who's been raised in a convent. But now she's saved the life of young King Ottakar (a real historical dude!) and is whisked away to Prague to make sure he stays healthy--and also because they're totally into each other. I admit to being
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful novel!!! Rich historical detail, fascinating characters, and a well-crafted story...with a supernatural plot that just fits the time and place. It vividly brings to life 13th century Europe, especially Prague. A powerful and beautiful book!
Debra Reedy
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. Fast paced. Never boring! I'm hoping the story will continue.
Mallory (toweroftomes)
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Source: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Iris and Pegasus!

The review:

Bohemian Gospel is an historical/paranormal novel set in 13th century Bohemia. It’s about a strange girl called Mouse who knows absolutely nothing about her heritage or her family. But Mouse is different; she can see demons, she can sense bad things that are about to happen. By chance, she saves the lif
Kathleen (QueenKatieMae)
Raised as an orphan among the sisters of the Tepla Abbey in thirteenth-century Bohemia, the young girl known only as Mouse is regarded as “odd,” perhaps even as a witch. The sisters do not interact with her and cross themselves when they must. It is only through the love and understanding of Mouse’s beloved mentor, Father Lucas, that she grows to understand that she is more than just odd. Mouse has supernatural powers that give her the ability to see demons, to heal, and to control another perso ...more
Venetia Green
Jul 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Mouse is fifteen, has no baptised name, no parents and lives in a monastery in thirteenth-century Bohemia (now the Czech Republic). However, Teplá Abbey is no home to this strange girl. Mouse is distrusted by its inhabitants for her uncanny abilities, and – as one unbaptised – certainly cannot become a nun. Life changes radically for Mouse when the Younger King, the eighteen-year-old Ottakar, is brought to the monastery with an arrow in his chest. Mouse, trained as a healer, saves his life and O ...more
Courtney Shultz
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dana Chamblee Carpenter's debut novel, set in 13th-century Bohemia, follows Mouse, a teenager grappling with supernatural gifts that are tied to her mysterious past. As the novel opens, Mouse saves King Ottakar (Bohemia's real-life Gold and Iron King) and accompanies him to Prague where she must navigate court politics and a romance with the young king...all while battling her demons (both literal and figurative). Without giving away too many spoilers - because this book has quite a few twists a ...more
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent entertainment! It's not a difficult book, but it's beautifully written and Mouse is so fully fleshed she makes for a wonderful character. The big twist at the end was both heartbreaking and awesome--such an unexpected turn (admittedly, I was kind of disappointed, but I think most readers would be if they love Mouse, so overall the disappointment is great sign?). I would definitely read a sequel (but it doesn't necessarily need one)!
Sarah McCutchan
Dec 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, fiction
Not really my favorite. I was excited to see a book that took place in Bohemia and I feel a little let down. I liked Mouse (the main character) but never really became totally engaged with her. Parts of the story felt a little rushed and not well developed.
And I'm sorry but...that ending. I won't spoil anything but...really?
I wanted to like this book so much!
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