Friday, December 11, 2015

#REVIEW: The Abbess of Whitby by Jill Dalladay

Title: The Abbess of Whitby
Series: none
Author: Jill Dalladay
Publisher: Lion Fiction
Published Date: October 27, 2015
ISBN: 9781782641554
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The dramatic story of a seventh-century evangelist
Chosen as Eostre s handmaid, Hild will serve the fertility goddess for a year before being wed. Her future is predictable until King Edwin claims her as kin and she learns that her father was murdered.
Her first love is given a command in Edwin s forces and vanishes from her life, wed to her sister. The court is baptized, ending the old religion and Hild s role. Life looks bleak. She can t stop wondering who killed her father.
Suspecting Edwin, she challenges him, only to be married off to safeguard his northern frontier. Struggling in a loveless marriage, she is intrigued by the Iona priests making pilgrimages to spread Christ s love. When home and family are lost in Oswy s sack of Edinburgh, she finds herself in enemy hands, but meets the charismatic Aidan.
Inspired and guided by him, she builds communities to live and teach Christ s love. She attracts followers. Even her old enemy, King Oswy, entrusts his child to her, gives her Whitby, and seeks her help to reconcile divisions in his kingdom.
She never ceases battling against old superstitions resurrected by storm, plague, and solar eclipse, but at last she receives a bishop s blessing from a man she trained herself.

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Review:

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book is a fascinating story of the gradual transition from the old Roman and Greek Gods in Europe to Christianity. It revolves around the life of a young girl named Hild, just chosen to be the maid of Eostre, as she grows up in a violent and battle ridden area of what will later become England.
It goes through her life, from growing up to marriage, to motherhood, and eventually to how she becomes a woman in a group dedicated to Jesus and the Christo-Judean God.
I think the most fascinating part is of the whole book is watching Hild evolve from a young woman, very much a believer in the old Gods and Ways, to her unbelieving baptism where everyone was baptized because their liege lord was, to her full conversion to Christianity.
The book seemed long as times, and dragged, but overall, it was a good read.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the great review. This sounds very interesting. Great cover, too!

    ~ Rebecca