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Consolamentum by Rebecca Hazell, review

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Consolamentum editedABOUT THE BOOK:
In the finale of Sofia’s memoir, Consolamentum, both dramatic and poignant, her dreams of home are shattered when her own family betrays her. Raising her child on her own, mourning the loss of her beloved knight, and building a trading empire, she seeks safe haven for her child and herself. Her quest takes her from Antioch to Constantinople to Venice. A surprise reunion in Venice leads her to France where she runs afoul of the newly established Holy Inquisition, possibly the greatest challenge she has yet faced. Can a woman so marked by oppression, betrayal, and danger ever find her safe haven, much less genuine happiness?
What a fabulous trilogy this is.  If you’re into reading historical fiction that will also teach you something – without it feeling like school – then these books are for you.  Rebecca Hazell has done copious amounts of research for Consolamentum and the previous books (which I also reviewed here and here) and has a knack of integrating serious history into a very readable and interesting story.
Something that stands out to me are the characters in the story.  How lovingly they are written.  From Sofia, down to the most lowly and secondary characters, each one brings flavour to the story and has something to add.  It makes the story so much more memorable when it’s obvious that the author cares for all the people she’s writing about.
I believe that this book is exactly what Historical Fiction should be.  Rebecca just does it right, not holding back no matter how unpleasant certain aspects of the book (and history) may be.  The past hasn’t always been pretty – there were horrors – and she doesn’t shy away from them.  Not only that, but this woman can write!  Her writing is completely captivating and easy to read without any fluff.  She really makes you think about what you’re reading without making it heavy or overwhelming.  All serious readers of this genre should read this book and the first two in the trilogy.

rebecca hazellRebecca Hazell is a an award winning artist, author and educator. She has written, illustrated and published four non-fiction children’s books, created best selling educational filmstrips, designed educational craft kits for children and even created award winning needlepoint canvases. She is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, and she holds an honours BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz in Russian and Chinese history.

Rebecca lived for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1988 she and her family moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and in 2006 she and her husband moved to Vancouver Island. They live near their two adult children in the beautiful Cowichan Valley.


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One thought on “Consolamentum by Rebecca Hazell, review

  1. Excellent review, Martina! Rebecca emailed me today and told me that your review was terrific and that you really “get” what she wanted to achieve with the books. She sends her thanks.

    And on behalf of both of us, thank you again so much for being on all the tours with us. 🙂

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