WHITE HEAT by K.M. Grant


Age Range: 12 - 16
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Plot advancement defers to character development in this sequel set during the 13th-century Albigensian crusade. Raimon the weaver’s son, rescued from the heretics’ pyre, retreats with other desperate refugees as his true love Yolanda is carried off to Paris, betrothed to another. Much to-ing and fro-ing ensues as Yolanda tries to escape, and Raimon battles attempts to claim the holy Blue Flame for either the Catholic or Cathar side. In the end, both lose everything that they thought most important but are filled with a renewed commitment to Occitanian independence and to each other. While competently crafted, this trilogy lacks any special merit to stand out amid the current glut of Cathar fiction. It wears its research lightly, relying upon well-chosen details to convey the flavor of medieval life. The antagonists are given complex and sympathetic portrayals, while the heroes struggle as much with their own flaws as with the forces opposing them. Alas, this volume continues the twee conceit of making the land itself the narrator and forces several unlikely coincidences to move the story along. Purchase where the first volume is popular. (Historical fiction. 12-16)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8027-9695-0
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Walker
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2009


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