Voices in the Mist by Susanne Dunlap
Publication Date: September 21, 2021
Series: The Orphans of Tolosa, Book 3
Genre: Historical Fiction
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 Baron de Belascon, who owes fealty to the king of France, 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.
You guys. You guys. I have been head-over-heels for “The Orphans of Tolosa” series by Susanne Dunlap since I read the very first book. I have been waiting
very patiently like a kid on Christmas morning for the third book, and oh my stars. What a book it is.
In the first two books, Listen to the Wind and The Spirit of Fire, we meet Azalaïs; a character that I adored from the very get-go. When I got my hands on Voices in the Mist, I was happily surprised to discover that the book is a prologue, following the story of Azalaïs’ older sister, Bruna. Bruna’s family are Cathars, an orthodox Christian sect, in the middle of 1231 during heavy Catholic persecution. I confess to not having any prior knowledge to the Cathars, and immediately set out to learn about them. They were lauded as heroes who rebelled against what they viewed as corruption in the church, stood up for their convictions, and were martyred for their beliefs. Truly fascinating, I highly recommend that you read up about them.
It is in this setting, that we meet Bruna. Fearing for Bruna’s safety, her parents arrange a marriage for her, to a local Catholic man. Bruna, however, has other plans. She runs away, forging her own path and her own future. Her betrothed however, isn’t willing to forget about her. What follows is a breathtaking story, set in a medieval world, with warring religious factions, an iron-willed female lead, a sweetly written romantic twist and an absolutely unforgettable story.
Bottom Line: Anything Susanne Dunlap writes, you absolutely need.
About the Author
Susanne Dunlap is the author of nine works of historical fiction. A graduate of Smith College with a PhD in Music History from Yale University, Susanne grew up in Buffalo, New York and has lived in London, Brooklyn and Northampton, MA. She now lives in Northampton with her long-time partner, Charles, has two grown daughters, three granddaughters, a grandson, a stepson and a stepdaughter, five step-grandsons and one step-granddaughter—that’s a total of four children and eleven grandchildren!
In her spare time, she cycles in the beautiful Pioneer Valley.
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