The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry

An elegant story I rate 4 stars

The year is 1241, set in a place, Provensa, which is now known as Provence, France – a place recovering from bloody crusades between the Catholic Church and northern French armies and a time where women are expected to be compliant and quiet. An interesting approach, this story follows a young lady by the name of Dolssa whose unusual gift of having a special connection with a biblical prophet sees her try to remain righteous and carry out her work to bring people to ‘believe’. Her work however, is seen as challenging status quo, as such, she is on the run from an obsessed friar who is determined to burn her as a heretic for the passion she refuses let go.

A very well written and witty story, the story starts off with careful and intricate world building then continues to the main plot. Quite interesting and thrilling as you follow the ‘chase’ that winds up in a village full of murderers.

Special thanks to Harper Collins Publishers for sending me an advance review copy in exchange for my review.

-Annie

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