Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Execution by Sharon Cramer

This was a story I stepped in to not having any real clue what it was about. I had finished my last book and this one was setting on my kindle - no clue what had provoked me to pick it up, but I had so I dived in. The first chapter of the story had me walking through the night with a medieval priest, knowing his uncertainties, feeling the chaffing of his robes, seeing the fog and the poorly lit streets he walked. I was hooked.

In the height of the plague, religious fervor, and feudal lords, two men born of one womb make their ways separately through life, only to meet on the verge of one's death. One twin left on the steps of a church, one a desperate mother tried to hold on to - the two brothers both end up as orphans and walk very different paths. When they do meet, they have the span of one night to know the joys and sorrows each has borne.

The Execution is a full of sensory descriptions that bring the story to life and it was the sensation that I was hearing the thoughts of D'ata the priest, that I was a fly sitting on his shoulder as he whispered into the night, that really drew me in. The story is written in more of a literary style and I appreciated the depth that this allowed us to get into each character.

One thing I didn't especially care for was the shifting to other characters outside of D'ata and Ravan. It was mildly interesting, but a bit disrupting for my tastes. Ravan's character was my favorite. I would have liked to see more of the ending of his story than we did. D'ata's story ended the way you felt it was destined to.

Overall, a very satisfying read. if you like your stories well told and your characters deep, this is your book.

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