WATERMARK: A NOVEL OF THE MIDDLE AGES
ISBN: 9780061849275-Print/ 9780061989971-eBook
Avon, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
Rating: 4 Cups
Auda is mutilated when a woman slices off her tongue when she is fresh from the womb of her dead mother. Due to her pale skin, white hair, and red eyes she is considered tainted by the devil.
Martin is a papermaker. He will protect his daughter at any cost.
Poncia has always guided her younger sister. She has tried to keep her away from the superstitious fools who would do her harm.
Now that Poncia is married and has moved away, it is up to Auda to take care of herself and make smart decisions. But danger is escalating and rumors of the inquisition coming to their village have everyone terrified. As Auda uses her talent to scribe stories, it gets her into more trouble than she can imagine. Will Poncia, Martin, Auda, and the man she has grown to love be able to survive when the Inquisitor comes calling?
What a horrible, horrible experience the inquisition was for so many people. Watermark takes you to a time when to even look at someone wrong could bring you torture or death. Ms. Sankaran shows us how being unique and different is not something you wanted during the Middle Ages. But this novel also shows us how caring and compassionate others can be, especially during a time when superstition overrules common sense. The simplicity and the harshness of everyday life are told in bold and vivid words, giving the reader a painted picture of what life was like.
Caution: This tale contains scenes that some readers may find offensive including scenes of torture.
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