Trilogy, No 1
May 2012 / 9780062038319
by Jan Fields
In a world only slightly different from our own lies the ancient
city of Ruin, the home to an ancient religious order which guards
a secret older than the written word. Even among the order, only
members of the inner circle- - the Santus- - know the real truth
of the Sacrament they guard. Then a new member is added to the Sancti,
but the revelation of the Sacrament changes his view of the order.
And his actions set in motion terrifying events.
At its heart, Sanctus is a thriller, as one woman is caught
in the middle of two ancient religious orders; which one can she
Simon Toyne does a phenomenal job of creating complex characters
that force the reader to care. Even his villains are relentless,
terrifying, and completely committed to a cause bigger than themselves,
not giving us the opportunity to dismiss them as stock monsters.
Although conspiracies abound, we're never confused or frustrated
beyond our desperate desire to find out the secret trapped in the
heart of the Citadel. And when we get that payoff, we feel both
shocked and completely satisfied. This was a secret worth centuries
of struggle and fanaticism.
Though Sanctus is the first book in a trilogy, it is
a completely satisfying read without the irritating feeling of only
getting a piece of a single book. While Sanctus answers all of the
questions you sit on the edge of your seat asking, it does so by
kicking the door wide open for more. A book worthy of every moment
you invest with it.