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- Language: English
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I'm so glad I took the risk! The Legend of Pope Joan Part 1 introduces us to a precocious and feisty young woman with a keen mind and overwhelming desire to be a theologian. Banished from the library for being a girl and prevented from any further study, the young Joan is beside herself with loss and overwhelmed by helplessness and hopelessness. But to her great surprise, her best friend Michael comes up with a plan that will enable her to follow her heart's desire. Yet this plan is not without danger as Joan must run away, disguised as a boy. They are helped in this task by a travelling entertainer Amadeus Reichenbach, a compelling character who teaches both Michael and Joan much of what they need to know to pull off her guise. As she journeys in Amadeus' wagon Joan, now dressing and behaving as John, has to learn many lessons about herself, her two companions who are themselves falling in love and the harsh world they are travelling through in order to survive.
I was totally gripped by this novel from the first chapter. It captivated me and I couldn't put it down until I'd finished. I loved all three main characters as much for their flaws and failings as the way they interacted with each other and learned from their various challenges along the way. The tension throughout their journey was palpable and in places I found myself holding my breath as I waited to know if they would be safe.
This novel has the familiar feel of an adventure story with archetypal characters and overarching themes yet at the same time because of its unique take on sexuality and gender, the novel has an originality which is both surprising and challenging. What I particularly liked about it is that it worked as a story in its own right rather than just `a part'. Having said that, I'm already champing at the bit for more and hugely frustrated that Part 2 is not yet available (at the time of writing this review)!
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to read something that is enthralling and altogether different from run of the mill Lesfic or standard heterosexual historical adventure. You will not be disappointed!
Simply 'Joan' as I've taken to calling the book, had me so fixed that I could not put it down. Joan is faced with such a life of womanhood, to be the homemaker and domestic angel to a future husband seems like a version of hell to her. She wished nothing more than to educate herself and live a life full of books and philosophy, This is what her soul craves and after being banished from the library as she has come of an age for a female to no longer be allowed to enter, Joan knows she would die inside if she is not allowed to study and learn from the scriptures. So she fears her only option, to escape such a life that is mapped out for her is to disguise herself as a male and leave her family and everything she has known to run away with her good and equally imprisoned friend Micheal.
As Joan begins her adventure the author soundly makes you feel as if you are right there with her and her companion experiencing the thrill of the unknown and the sad and tender moments in which Joan feels alone and unsure of the life ahead.
I can not wait for the second part of this series and am anticipating it to be just as full of equally interesting and intelligently penned characters as in this book.
Very much recommend this book to all who wish to be taken on a journey of excitement and a look into a world that was so difficult and unjust to so many in the past. I have become so interested in Joan that It has made me want to learn more about this topic of the female pope and I thank Rachel Dax for such a great part 1 and introduction. Bring on part2!!!
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