Title: The Book of Whispers
By: Kimberley Starr
Published: October 3rd 2016
By: Text Publishing
Genre: YA-Historical Fiction-Fantasy-Paranormal
Tuscany, 1096 AD. Luca, young heir to the title of Conte de Falconi, sees demons. Since no one else can see them, Luca must keep quiet about what he sees.
Luca also has dreams—dreams that sometimes predict the future. Luca sees his father murdered in one such dream and vows to stop it coming true. Even if he has to go against his father’s wishes and follow him on the great pilgrimage to capture the Holy Lands.
When Luca is given an ancient book that holds some inscrutable power, he knows he’s been thrown into an adventure that will lead to places beyond his understanding. But with the help of Suzan, the beautiful girl he rescues from the desert, he will realise his true quest: to defeat the forces of man and demon that wish to destroy the world.
This book took me by surprise has been so fun, full of magic and action
I want to thank to NetGalley and Text Publishing Company for providing me with this copy in exchange for an honest review
I was a bit worried when I started with it since it’s a historical fiction, I wasn’t sure if it would catch me, but the promise of demons and magic kept me interested, and when I was halfway through the book I realized that the fact that it was a historical fiction hadn’t affected in any way my enjoyment for it, in fact it has made me feel more confident to try more of the genre soon
The book begins in Tuscany around the year 1090, I’m sorry I don’t remember the year exactly, following Luca, he’s the young heir to the title of Count of Falconi, which is a great weight on his shoulders, but the big issue here is that he’s able to see demons and also has premonitory dreams of what seems to be the murder of his father, this is something that torments Luca for which he decides, although it’s prohibited to him, to follow his father on his journey from Italy towards Jerusalem in the crusades, along with Suzana a girl with a mysterious lineage who can also see demons, and from here they begin with their adventure
I had heard some people say that it was a rather slow book to read and that you enter the main story just after a couple of chapters, and I can say that it’s actually true, you get into the real plot maybe after the 100 pages, but I didn’t find it difficult to get into it, in fact, I think that everything that happens before is super important since we know more the main character, his family, and his affections and for me it has been enjoyable.
I like Luca as main character I think he has an inner strength that has trapped me, he has made me want to discover everything as much as he, I think he’s a young man a bit careless at first, a little clumsy with his actions but he grows a lot during his journey and that’s great, I still like it very much as it’s a character who defends what he thinks, that has been super valued. Suzana has been incredible, she’s a great leader, she’s very strong and mysterious and I think in the end her story has catch me much more, it’s very interesting
I think it would be amazing if there would be a sequel at some point, but on the other hand, it’s a book that seems to me to be very good on its own, so if you’re looking for a stand-alone and you enjoy historical fiction then it’s a book that you should try, besides being very entertaining has also been very informative for me, I learned more about the crusades and the passings of the time and I liked that aspect of it
The book is narrated in a very nice but simple way but it has cost me a bit of getting used to it, in fact now that I’ve finished itI don’t really feel that this is a book that falls into the YA category but I’ve found it more like a Middle Grade, since the only thing by which it’s considered a YA book is for the age of the characters, I think the writer has focused a lot on the aspect of the adventure leaving everything quite simple, which may like you once you enter into it, even though I feel that for me, I would have liked to know more about why certain things happened and the why of some actions or to know more about some characters, but it ends up being enjoyable although I’ve lacked a little bit to be really a more solid read
Anyway, I highly recommend it if you want to go on a very entertaining journey full of demons, magic and love, as well as being located in a super interesting historical moment