Well, I saw the five stars from other readers and bought 'Credo' on that recommendation. Unfortunately I was not as impressed as them. You really have to want to get into the detail of the Christian faith to enjoy this book and I was not prepared for that. The characters are well thought out and the story is powerful. Unfortunately it is also a slow paced novel that leads you along at its plodding pace with the promise of excitement and adventure to come. It doesn't arrive until the last five pages and for me that (entirely predictable) ending was not worth the wait. Don't get me wrong - this is not a bad book. Bragg writes well for the most part but in my opinion follows the wrong character. Bega is the star of this book and as heroines go has a pretty tough time of it. However I found myself not caring about Bega and wanting to know what happened to Padric. And I would disagree with the second reviewer - Bega doesn't despise the pagan woman (Reggiani), she simply does not understand her. The feeling appears to be mutual and is one of the most interesting relationships in the book. Bragg doesn't allow any of the other relationships to develop to the point that they become anything more than of passing interest. So, if you want a well researched fictional look at the early Christian times in the North of England then look no further, this book will suit you admirably. If you're looking for an historical adventure that you can't put down look elsewhere as you are likely to be disappointed.
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