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Sanctus by Simon Toyne
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Feb 06, 2012

really liked it
Read from February 06 to 12, 2012

A good book, with a not so surprising twist at the end when you find out what the sacrament actually is. If you've read the Da Vinci code then you'll figure it out less than half way through. Having said that this book is based in a fictional city, with a fictional religion that only loosely ties in with Christianity (presumably this was done so as not to insight the church unlike Dan Brown). This fictionality goes some way to make the story more engrossing, but it also makes it less believable and so at times you can become a bit jaded about certain characters. I felt like the author had decided to use a full cast of characters and some of them were just a little unnecessary, they either petered out halfway through the book, which left me wondering why they had been mentioned at all. Or they just suddenly appeared with this terribly relelvant back story, which made me think that they had just been added in to suit a purpose the other characters couldn't. I also didn't like the swapping and changing between characters that seemed to happen every chapter, it made the story feel disjointed in some places.

Finally it should come as no surprise to those who have read Dan Brown that the heroine in this book is of course on a path that will change her life forever...annoyingly though the book finishes without properly explaining anything and leads you straight into the next one in the trilogy. Usually I like this, but for some reason it felt a bit like a cop out this time.

Hmm I don't really know what else to say about this book, I did really like it, hence why I have given it 4 stars, but there were a few problems with it and unfortunately I can't help likening it to Dan Brown.

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