The Heretic

Young Adult - Adventure
218 Pages
Reviewed on 04/19/2017
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite

Joachim: The Heretic is the sequel to Joachim's Magic by M.L. Stainer and illustrated by James  Melvin. Reis Courtney is the young apprentice to Joachim Gans, a Jewish metallurgist. Back in London after the failed copper expedition, and becoming more settled after the adventures in the New World, Reis gets to meet Queen Elizabeth I. But despite the important status of his Master, Joachim still faces anti-Semitic prejudices that nearly get him imprisoned. Joachim decides to return to his native land of Bohemia, where his talents as a metallurgist and a learned man are appreciated. Reis is an English boy, born and bred, and wants to live in the countryside, working on the horse farm of a wealthy gentleman, building a new life for himself. The two part ways, but still keep in touch, Joachim's knowledge and quiet nature helping Reis on his journey to manhood.

Joachim: The Heretic by M.L. Stainer is a fast paced narrative of historical fiction. It showcases viewpoints not often explored in the genre such as Joachim's stoic outlook in the face of vile prejudice and Reis' growth into manhood under Joachim's steady influence. Both have qualities that transcend the time period and can be applied to our own. Joachim embodies the tenets of his faith very well. I did feel that there was a bit more telling than showing so often it felt like I was witnessing the recounting of a tale instead of being immersed in the hopes and dreams of the characters. Still it is a commendation to Stainer's prowess as a storyteller that he is able to keep the reader's attention. I think any fan of historical fiction will enjoy Joachim: The Heretic. It is the type of book easily read in one sitting.