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Reviewed by Keith Mbuya for Readers' Favorite
The coming of Christianity in the kingdom of Mercia had seen the rise of untold unrest between the newly converted Christians and pagans. As if on cue, a monk and a pagan were murdered in Licidfelth. It also happened that during this time, the king had summoned Coenred (the son of Oeswald, the thegn of Licidfelth) to fight in his army. Thegn Oeswald had nearly lost his only son to the war. As if this was not enough, his only daughter Eafe had narrowly survived succumbing to an outbreak of disease. Both Coenred’s and Eafe’s recovery were mysterious as almost everyone who had such grievous wounds or contracted the fatal disease was dead. Thegn Oeswald was overwhelmed with all the happenings and, consequently, the unrest in Licidfelth escalated. Why were the monk and the pagan murdered? How did Coenred and Eafe survive death and what have they become? Find out more in Karin Witton’s Saints and Sinners.
Karin Witton’s style of writing is magnificent. She forged an intriguing plot with amazing characters and whisked me away from reality and into a wonderland. She uses short and twisted sentences loaded with appropriate vocabulary. Her choice of words gives the story the perfect setting of historical times (the 600-700s AD). I loved the conversations; some of them were witty and enlivened the reading experience. Karin definitely knows how to put emotions into words; I felt the fierce love, the loathing, the despair, the anger, the sadness, and many more emotions in her characters. There is action, thrills, adventure, suspense, mystery, and so much more. The scenes are picturesque. The narration made me feel like I was right there, watching the characters’ every move.
The author depicts her characters’ traits boldly, vividly highlighting their complexities. Even though Oeswald was a tough man, he also had a soft and delicate side. The details on the supernatural side of the characters sounded convincing and were exciting to read. Karin aligns her ideas consistently, giving the storyline a beautiful flow. The story is spell-binding. Being the first installment of the Revenant series, I can’t wait to get hold of the next in the series. Enthusiasts of a mystery story with a touch of an exciting and engrossing supernatural element will love Saints and Sinners.