Book Review: Savior

A very beautiful and perceptive review of Savior. Thank you, Lisl!

before the second sleep

Savior by Martha Kennedy

A B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree

savior-2-edition-coverSavior is Martha Kennedy’s poignant tale of Rudolf and his brother Conrad, inhabitants of thirteenth-century Zürich and a society immersed in religion and warfare. Rudolf suffers from depression, a condition he is counseled comes from Satan and can be eradicated in a fight to save the world from such sin. A local priest explains that with Jerusalem once more in the hands of the infidel, who “wasted no time in desecrating the holy sites and persecuting Christians living within its walls,” fighting these invaders would help to expiate sin and contribute to his salvation.

Kennedy opens Savior with a quote from St. Augustine that reflects Rudolf’s state of mind—“I bore a shattered and bleeding soul,” it reads in part—and a downpour reflecting the emotion, as if nature herself was as anguished. No amount of service to travelers escaping the downpour, or joy…

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10 thoughts on “Book Review: Savior

  1. Since being back from London, I have been catching up on my life, which was left a little short over the last half year. Part of the catching up is to read your books eventually, so bear with me. I am so glad that you are now on the path to becoming a known author.

    • Your life in the past year has been a novel and I hope so much there is some calm now for you. I just turned marketing my books into a full time job. I don’t like the job much, and there are a lot of things I’m not good at (yet? ever?) but… I have also realized that what my books need is to be translated to German, so I have to figure that out. I made a book trailer for The Brothers Path which is as good as it can be with the equipment I have, but it probably deserves better. Everything costs $$ 😦 Anyway, I’ve decided to return to Switzerland next spring alone and stay much longer. 🙂

      • And we will meet, definately. This lady Uebersetzen und Literatur might be interested. She lives in Switzerland, is German, and her profession is translation. I tried to bring you together before, but she could not find you. You could perhaps write to her, mention me as a reference (Angloswiss), and see if she could help with translating. I really think your books should be translated into German, the subject matter is of interest in that sphere I am sure.

      • Thank you! I’ll contact her. I found a little cottage by the Tuelersee in my “family” valley for $63/night. I think I can make an economical two week trip that way. There were so many things I wanted to see and do that I couldn’t in such a short trip.

  2. Had never heard of Tülersee so had a look. Yes, on the Albis I see, a very nice area and not too near the hustle and bustle of Zürich. Eventually they might give you honary citizenship.

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