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The Ruins


Daniel Bristow-Bailey

This well-written novella is set in seventh century England, when the borders with Wales were still dangerous and a new religion called Christianity was starting to gain prominence among the ruling class. It is at its heart a coming of age story, about a young man sent from the borderlands to learn the ways of the court and the new religion. But it is also about how to find your way in a time of great change, and I always have a soft spot for stories set in times of great societal change. However, the real selling point for this novella is that it is a fun story to read, with characters you'll care about.

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The monk charged with teaching the main character Christianity
The Ruins book cover
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Received free copy