Marry a Catholic stranger, or flee the only world she’s ever known: Headstrong Bruna de Gansard must choose one or the other to protect her Cathar family from the inquisitors.
Toulouse, 1229. The inquisitors have arrived to rid the city of Cathar heretics once and for all, and are putting all unmarried girls over the age of 12 to the question. After an incident in the town calls unwanted attention to 14-year-old Bruna, a young Catholic stranger who is sympathetic to the heretics warns her family about the looming danger, and volunteers to marry their daughter to save her from being questioned.
But Bruna doesn’t want to be forced into marriage, so she chooses flight—which lands her unexpectedly in the midst of a Catholic pilgrimage to Compostela, thrusting her into a life of deceit.
When her beauty and her voice bring her to the attention of the powerful French Baron de Belascon, Bruna earns the enmity of the baron’s bitter and imperious mother and finds herself caught between her allegiance to her own people and the dangerous secret of her origins—a secret that can be revealed at any time after the arrival of a French knight who recognizes her.
The Orphans of Tolosa Trilogy comes to a dramatic end in this gripping story of loyalty and betrayal, set amidst the violence and peril of the Albigensian Crusades.
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I have read Susanne Dunlap's novels before but never found one to equal Emilie's Voice, until now. True I have not read all of her novels, but I have read most of them. This is a truly emotional and touching story, and I was riveted by it. Not to mention the impressive amount of historical research that has gone into the novel, which concerns the Cathars, told through the eyes of a character who evolves as time passes, into an amazing woman. But I must not reveal more than this, for fear of spoilers. Let me merely say that this novel is highly recommended.
Voices in the Mist is the perfect culmination to a fantastic trilogy! Dunlap brings the otherwise forgotten history of the Cathars and the Albigensian Crusade during the 13th century to the modern reader with brilliantly crafted characters and a thoroughly engaging story. While this book is the third in the series the plot is actually a prequel. In this book we follow the life of Bruna. As a young girl, Bruna made a rash decision that subsequently snowballed into a life of lies and deceit. The choice she made to supposedly save herself impacted the lives and decisions of many. While the first two books focused on the Cather struggles to retain their culture and religion, this book highlights the crusade from the perspective of Catholic nobles. You will be mesmerized with the artistry Dunlap exhibits in recreating this world. There are layers upon layers of manipulation and deceit, dedication and loyalty, strength and determination, love and loss. Dunlap saved the best for last as this book is truly a tour-de-force. I received a copy of this title via NetGalley