I’ve never delved into the world of historical fiction. It’s always been fantasy, fantasy, and maybe some realistic romance.
But this book might be the gateway book to a whole new world I’ll soon be exploring.
The Inquisitor’s Tale, by Adam Gidwitz, is a book with a curious way of narrating itself. It starts with stories and accounts of the people they’re talking about, from each person’s point of view. And the book also uses a heck of a lot of foreshadowing, if you wanted some examples for your English class.
But it’s not just the way it’s written, as amazing it may be. The story is absolutely amazing. The author uses a style of writing that gives it a melancholy feel, yet the action in the book is impeccable.
You can almost imagine the sceneries the characters find themselves in, and you can definitely imagine what they look like since they are perfectly portrayed in the book by the artist, Hatem Aly.
The story starts off with a man that’s looking for stories, stories of three children, and their dog, which have become the most famous people in all of their lands.
Why? Unfortunately, King Louis and his court have declared war on them, and they haven’t died yet by the hands of the hundreds of soldiers that he has roaming across the lands looking for these children and their dog.
He finds an inn wherein many people who have met these children are itching to share their story. Each person shares their fraction of the story, some for a cup of ale. And one nun, with silvery gray hair and twinkling blue eyes shares a story that leads the man, later revealed as an inquisitor, on a journey with the three famous kids, Jeanne, William, Jacob, and, of course, their holy dog, Gwenforte. Their adventures together are satisfying, sometimes frustrating, but always entertaining.
There are many obvious themes in this book, but there are also not-so-obvious ones that somehow slip into your mind and play a part in your decision-making next time you make one. It teaches you the importance of your ears, listening to someone, and how the connections you make are always precious. And one of the most obvious ones, unexpected people can also take the lead, such as Peasants, Saracens, and Jews. All people put at the bottom of the social pyramid during those times rose up.
Combined with the historical and the fiction counterparts, this piece of writing gives a thorough explanation of its time period and its important events, all while causing emotion and adrenaline and filling your insatiable appetite for a good book you can sit down and read.
This book is amazing, if you can’t already tell. I’d recommend this book to experienced and avid readers that haven’t tried out historical fiction yet, since somethings are a little confusing in this book, but really everyone should read it. You’ll just need an old dictionary and some tea to enjoy this book to its extent.