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Plus the whole book wasn't simply a romance between Man and Woman but all man kind and God. For the violence I would give 5 stars: There wasn't anything in detail, which is great. I would give the character development 4 stars: I would have liked to now more about each character, I still had question pertaining to the past of each essential character. What I took away from the story is this: Revenge is worth nothing if you know the truth, that God is just and good and does not tolerate sin. God knows this, and again cannot tolerate sin because He is perfectly just.
(For example, in the novel, the knights wear full armor every waking moment, even when eating in the safety of the castle. The knights practice foil-style fencing while using long swords and wearing jousting armor.) I also felt there were several logic flaws, like Anika has a burning desire to kill one man responsible for her father's death and yet she's horrified by the idea of killing the other man responsible (who also wants to rape her).
And its great to read about a female character that is strong and has a purpose. The author does a great job setting the historical scene and developing the characters.
It took me a chapter or two to get into this book, but once I did, I couldn't put it down.
From here until nearly the end of the book, the narrative becomes bogged down in the trial of Hus, a minor character until this point.
I really enjoyed reading The Silver Sword and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
He told her about Cahira, the daughter of King Rory O'Connor, who had defended herself & her attendants with a sword and prayed that would use her descendants to right the world of men. The story starts with six year old Anika searching for her Mama. Ernan O'Connor tried to get the ladder to use to get his wife and some other women down out of the fire. There were other copyists, but none of them were close to Jan Hus. He asked what Ernan was copying, but he had not had the parchment prepared for writing yet. He probably didn't think that Anika would be allowed to copy Hus's sermons. Anika's father went back to getting the parchment ready, but she knew that he knew what she had been reading, "The Art of Courtly Love." Sir Petrov, one of the family friends, came to visit and asked why the archbishop had visited them. Petrov offered his services to Jan Hus. There were three popes, and Ladislas, king of Naples, had threatened Rome, so Pope John had announced a crusade against him. Hus wanted to talk to Ernan privately, so Anika was sent on an errand. Petrov also wanted to know what the conversation was about, so he left Anika at her destination and returned to the copy shop. Ernan wanted to know who the person was, but Hus wouldn't tell his identity, but encourage Ernan to make plans for Anika's future. Hus told Petrov that the young man was Miloslav, the son of Lord Laco of Lidice, who was expecting Anika to need to seek employment as a serving maid.
Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt writes for readers who have learned to expect the unexpected in novels from this versatile author. This affinity for mastiffs has not been without its rewards--one of their dogs was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly as the second-largest canine in America.