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The Heretic (The Heretic Trilogy, #1)

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  21 reviews
A secret was hidden in the Languedoc of France, but this ancient wisdom has always been a deadly heresy. Cultural anthropologist Lily Ann Harper is on a quest for facts when mysterious Sir Anthony Leclair invites her to Rennes-le-Château, where she is unwittingly thrust back through history. Forced to confront her greatest fears, Lily awakens to a mystical power buried dee ...more
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 444 pages
Published June 1st 2020 by White Cloud Press
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Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The protagonist of the story is the perfect kind of female lead we need in 2020 - bold, courageous, vulnerable, curious, fierce yet gentle, determined, and inherently beautiful are just some of the words to describe her. Lily Ann Harper is on a quest for facts―determined to prove a pattern between so-called sacred sites. When a Sir Ian McKellen-esque mysterious scholar, Sir Anthony Leclair, invites her to Rennes-le-Château, France, she is set upon a path that will take her back through both hist ...more
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that sticks with you and 20 years later you are still recommending it. I love how it makes the history come alive. I never understood why whole cultures were wiped out and people were burned. What was the knowledge were they trying to eradicate? Allysha Lavino brings the people from the past alive. Your heart breaks for them even as you root for them. Her heroine brings the science and magic back into the present.

It changed my understanding of history, mysticism and m
Pam Derby
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book had an amazing ability to keep me on the edge of my seat while blending areas of history, science and spirituality. Allysha Lavino‘s writing style and descriptions of southern France are so beautifully detailed, I actually felt joined with Lily In traveling the French hillsides and eating delectable French food.
Lily’s search for the truth took me on a journey to my own spiritual quest and opened my eyes to the day to day choices we are now able to make. I highly recommends The Heretic
Walter Dittrich
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"The Heretic" grabbed hold of me from page one. Thirteen days and 429 pages later, after many tears of recognition and déjà vu, I laid down and slowly closed the book that touched me more profoundly than anything I have read so far. For many years I have been following the enigma of Rennes-le-Chateau, fascinated by the Natural-Geometry-phenomenon and the "treasure", possibly of knowledge coded in Hebrew and Greek. And, many times I have felt that some form of reincarnation would give meaning to ...more
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book, The Heretic by Allysha Lavino, grabs the reader and won't let you go. As character development continues through this page turner you find yourself cheering as well as feeling nervous and afraid for your new friends.
This story of unraveling hidden truths spins back and forth through time revealing thought provoking "Aha" moments and nail biting reading.
Allysha pulls the reader deeper and deeper with her writing and leaves you not only feeling more informed but needing Allysha to fin
Victor Smith
A decade ago, while writing my own novel on the medieval Cathars and Templars in the Languedoc of southern France, I spent three intense weeks gorging myself on the history and geography of that area, including a day visit to the enigmatic hamlet of Rennes-le-Chateau, the focal point of Lavino’s novel. In reading The Heretic I was exquisitely delighted to find myself mentally revisiting so many familiar places and characters through the descriptions of an excellent writer who is also a genuine s ...more
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In the months leading up the release of the The Heretic by Allysha Lavino, my anticipation grew wildly.
I had asked myself questions that I could not answer, such as 'What is the secret?' and 'Has Henry Lincoln made another discovery?'. I knew that I had to wait until I began reading the book to find out.
And the book goodness I had watched it so many times!

Having now completed the novel, my reactions are 'Wow', and 'It is a special story'.
It is honestly not what I thought the story
Gunter Maier
Actually, I ran into "The Heretic" when researching (again) a bit on issues around the Cathars, the Langue d'Oc area and the past and presence of christianity.
The book is well written although it starts slow, and it took me on an amazing journey of emotional 'highs' and 'lows' with the main protagonist. There are amazing changes, and those who have looked at the Cathar and Langue d'Oc history will find some interesting new aspects.
It is 'fiction' - yes, but then again, 'what if ...' ... what if
Ginette Gratton
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Jean Bakewell
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An amazing body of work, can’t put it down. Beautifully written
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Editor of The Heretic Reviews Visionary Quest

Today is the first day I’ve allowed myself to read the reviews for The Heretic. I have felt that as the Editor, no one would take my word for how amazing this premier novel by author Allysha Lavino really is, that any review I wrote would be seen as some kind of editorial bias because I was part of the project. I knew The Heretic was expertly crafted by a master story teller, a page-turner with great writing, well-paced action, and the kind of real, w
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Allysha from the depths of my whole being for your writing, your wisdom, your presence and courage to create this book. Thank you for giving Me back to Me, helping me to rediscover more of myself, my essence and to put together more of the jigsaw puzzle of my existence. The Heretic takes the reader on a precious journey of discovery and healing, an awakening of the sleeping giant, master or mistress, our selves. It is a book for everyone, a book which belongs on every bookshelf. Thank ...more
Jan Haley Brightwood
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have just finished reading this spectacular book. I'm feeling activated and stunned at the same time ... an emotional and spiritual roller coaster ride 😀 . Truly one of the best adventure mysteries I've read, with the added depth of meaning that makes it so much more. I'm grateful for the experience and the wisdom contained within. I need to allow it to settle and integrate. The biggest message for me right now seems to be the one about pain being part of the Pattern, and that is hard, because ...more
Tereza Borkova
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
I came accross Henry Lincoln’s The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail last summer and it was a real eye-opener to me. The Da Vinci Code was the first unamanded book I read in English and finding out that the basis of the story had been scientifically proved by Sir Lincoln and his colleagues really stunned me. Even though the book was fascinating, the mystical and spiritual layer was present only in allusions. I badly missed more and was, therefore, really happy to find out that The Heretic existed! I ...more
This novel, how do I explain it? Its very well done...the story, the adventure. It reads like your
there on the ground with Lily, seeing what she saw, feeling what she felt. I'm looking
forward to the second book in the trilogy, as always in a trilogy there are many unanswered
questions and I'm curious about this spiritual journey that she is on, wondering just where
its leading and especially learning more about the Secret hidden in Languedoc, France
Kay B.
Eric Dalton
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great read. Waited a long time for an author to write a novel for the fantastic research of Sir Henry Lincoln. I could hardly put the book down, finding myself picking it up every chance i had. Allysha offers the reader more pieces for the puzzle. With an opportunity for us all to find our place in the pattern, when we stop looking and start seeing. This first adventure made me realize sir Henry's work is in good hand. Can't waite for the next.

Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rarely do I find good books that keep me up at night. This was definitely a 5-star read! Not only did I love the story line, but I really appreciated the extremely important spiritual and historical information embedded within. There's no question that the author understands the BIG picture and has the deep courage and conviction to share it with the world. Sign me up -- I, too, am a Heretic! ...more
Lesley Anne Readman
Knights Templar, Cathars and Occitania

I have always had a fascination for the South of France and Cathars and Knights Templar. This book resolves a lot of my questions even though it is presented as fiction the story matches my own intuition on how the world is and what we need to show humanity so that they can be freed from fear and control. Thank you
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nuggets of Wisdom

I've read many books that explore the Cathar/Occitan history and subsequent Grail mysteries. I've even travelled the region and experienced many of the sites Lavino writes about. While many of the other novels have stronger narratives and are, quite frankly, better written for the modern audience - I gave this book four stars because Lavino's connection to these mysteries seems more authentic than the others. She writes with the power of the Divine Feminine; and with the voice I
Jon Colton
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding first book for this writer. Her historical facts are accurate and encompassed in a moving story. I can't wait for her next book about Lily. ...more
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Allysha Lavino is a history geek, spiritual seeker, writer, and adventurer. Born in California to a long line of adventurers, her family encouraged her passion for history, culture, language, and spirituality. Studies in psychology taught her to apply the scientific method to reveal patterns of culture and behavior. Eager to expand her research, she moved to France, where she met Henry Lincoln, be ...more

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