Book Review: The Shadow of the Cross

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The Shadow of the Cross
Part 1: Imprisonment

Again and again, the Cathars attract the attention of various authors. I have reviewed several books related to them here. This time, it’s a very short graphic novel, the first part of The Shadow of the Cross.

The 34-page books is mostly illustrations. It has one page of introductory narrative and a couple of pages of short dialogs.
After the siege of Montségur in 1243, a small group of Cathars managed to escape to a nearby village, until they were finally discovered. An innocent young man does not understand why a young woman is tortured. So he…. well, you have to guess or read the book.

I was disappointed that the book was so short. Even if the book is published in parts, I think it should at least have 50 pages, as most are illustrations.
BUT, those are wonderful watercolors! The artist is really gifted with colors.
There’s a bit of everything, including illuminations style for the first pages.
There’s also a fabulous sense of movement.
From colors, to faces, to landscape, to architecture, as an artist myself, I REALLY found the art excellent. I kept reopening the book to look at them, not for the story itself.

One thing seems odd to me: the style of the speech bubbles seems too modern and too oversimplified. It does not fit the high quality and sophistication of the paintings on which they are presented. I think something as simple as the choice of font would do the trick.
Also, the cover does not give justice to the beauty of the book.

I actually did a spotlight on the book at the beginning of December. I invite you to go back to it to learn more about the gifted artist, to watch an interview he did for Words And Peace, and find links to his art, etc.

VERDICT: A super short but gorgeous graphic historical novel on an important page of the Cathars history in the south of France.

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I was in no way compensated for this post as a reviewer, and the thoughts are my own.

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Bout of Books 18: Day 3 recap

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized
by Amanda @ On a Book Bender
and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal.
It is a week long read-a-thon that begins
12:01am Monday, January 2nd
and runs through Sunday, January 8th
in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure.
There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize,
but all of these are completely optional.
For all Bout of Books 18 information and updates,
be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
From the Bout of Books team

WHAT I READ ON DAY 3:

  1. The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan = 50 pages
  2. Highland Storm, by Tanya Anne Crosby = 4 pages (4 read and 4 translated into French)
  3. The Typikon Decoded = 2 pages
  4. Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather = 20 pages
  5. The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis – Audiobook = 51 mn

TOTAL PAGES IN DAY 3 =  76 pages
PAGES READ SO FAR = 294 /490
AUDIO = 51 mn

 ALSO:

  1. I did the challenge – see my picture here
    Book to Movie
    Have a book you think would make an excellent movie? Now’s your chance to share it! Go as big or as simple as you want. Share fanart, casting choices, or just a book or series you think would be OUTSTANDING on the big screen. Use the hashtags #BoBBookToMovie and #boutofbooks to share your picks!

NOTES:

  • And I managed to write my review of The Great and the Good, scheduled for 1/6
  • The Screwtape Letters: OMG, the first pages feel like written a few weeks ago. So so relevant!
  • Death Comes for the Archbishop: why on earth was I thinking it was a play??!

WHAT I READ ON DAY 2:

  1. The Great and the Good, by Michel Déon = 99 pages – BOOK FINISHED
  2. Highland Storm, by Tanya Anne Crosby = 4 pages (4 read and 4 translated into French)
  3. The Typikon Decoded = 7 pages
  4. The Shadow of the Cross, by Dmitry Yakhovsky = 5 pages – BOOK FINISHED
  5. Audiobook = 0 mn

TOTAL PAGES IN DAY 2 = 115 pages
PAGES READ SO FAR = 218 /490

 ALSO:

  1. I did the challenge – see my picture here
    2017 in a Picture
    Share your goals/plans/etc. for 2017 with your fellow #boutofbooks-ers. These could be book goals, life goals, or goals for ANYTHING you’re looking to tackle in 2017. Take a picture of the books you plan on reading this year! Share a vision board of what you’re trying to accomplish! Use the hashtags #BoB2017Goals and #boutofbooks and let us cheer you on!

NOTES:

  • The Shadow of the Cross is a graphic historical novel, with gorgeous illustrations. It has a total of 34 pages, but I only counted the ones with text, 5.

WHAT I READ ON DAY 1:

  1. The Great and the Good, by Michel Déon = 86 pages
  2. Highland Storm = 4 pages (4 read and 4 translated into French)
  3. The Typikon Decoded = 14 pages
  4. Audiobook = 0 mn

TOTAL PAGES IN DAY 1 = 103 pages
PAGES READ SO FAR = 103 /490

ALSO:

  1. I did the challenge:
    Introduce Yourself #insixwords
    In case you have not seen it, come this way
  2. I posted a book giveaway
  3. I took part in the crazy chat. There were some new questions. I enjoyed the question about some 2017 goals we had not shared with anyone else before, and was amazed by the honesty of the participants. It was also sad to see that many people are struggling against depression. Book blogging is closer to my prayer life than you would imagine!

NOTES:

  • Considering I spent 1 hour in the chat, plus an extra 25 mn to go through Twitter notifications received during the chat, to follow other bloggers and share spreadsheets with them, I am super happy with this result of 103 pages for day 1!

My challenge is to read 490 pages (average of 70 pages/day).
According to my  2016 stats, I read an average of 68 pages per day throughout 2016, so I would like to challenge myself to do a tiny bit more that first week of 2017!
Not counting some time for audiobooks as well.

It’s going to be tough, as I actually celebrate the Nativity with my Church Friday night and Saturday – I’m Russian Orthodox, and we follow the Julian Calendar, so Christmas in on January 7.

What will I be reading from:

  • The Great and the Good, by Michel Déon – French literature in translation, for review BOOK FINISHED

  •  The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan – nonfiction, for review – reading

  •  The Shadow of the Cross, by Dmitry Yakhovsky – historical fiction, ebook for review – BOOK FINISHED

  • Two Days Gone, by Randall Silvis – mystery, received at BEA 16, for review

  • Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather – Classic Club, ebook – reading

  • Highland Storm, by Tanya Anne Crosby – historical romance, ebook, currently translating into French

  • The Typikon Decoded, by Job Gretcha – nonfiction, Orthodoxy – reading

  • Audio: The Screwtape Letters, by C. S. Lewis – Classic Club – listening

    and: Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng – TBR

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Challenges/Giveaways

Monday 1/2
Introduce Yourself #insixwords
And I posted a giveaway!

Tuesday 1/3
2017 in a Picture

Wednesday 1/4
Book to Movie

Thursday 1/5
Book Spine Poetry

Friday 1/6
If you like this, try this…

Saturday 1/7
FREE DAY!

Sunday 1/8
FREE DAY!

Twitter Chats
(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Monday: 8pm CST (TZC)
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)

Next Read-a-Thon
Bout of Books 18 – 1/2/2017 — 1/8/2017

Upcoming Read-a-Thons
Bout of Books 19 – 5/8/2017 — 5/14/2017
Bout of Books 20 – 8/21/2017 — 8/27/2017
Bout of Books 21 – 1/8/2018 — 1/14/2018

 

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Bout of Books 18: Day 2 recap

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized
by Amanda @ On a Book Bender
and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal.
It is a week long read-a-thon that begins
12:01am Monday, January 2nd
and runs through Sunday, January 8th
in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure.
There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize,
but all of these are completely optional.
For all Bout of Books 18 information and updates,
be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
From the Bout of Books team

WHAT I READ ON DAY 2:

  1. The Great and the Good, by Michel Déon = 99 pages – BOOK FINISHED
  2. Highland Storm, by Tanya Anne Crosby = 4 pages (4 read and 4 translated into French)
  3. The Typikon Decoded = 7 pages
  4. The Shadow of the Cross, by Dmitry Yakhovsky = 5 pages – BOOK FINISHED
  5. Audiobook = 0 mn

TOTAL PAGES IN DAY 2 = 115 pages
PAGES READ SO FAR = 218 /490

 ALSO:

  1. I did the challenge – see my picture here
    2017 in a Picture
    Share your goals/plans/etc. for 2017 with your fellow #boutofbooks-ers. These could be book goals, life goals, or goals for ANYTHING you’re looking to tackle in 2017. Take a picture of the books you plan on reading this year! Share a vision board of what you’re trying to accomplish! Use the hashtags #BoB2017Goals and #boutofbooks and let us cheer you on!

NOTES:

  • The Shadow of the Cross is a graphic historical novel, with gorgeous illustrations. It has a total of 34 pages, but I only counted the ones with text, 5.

WHAT I READ ON DAY 1:

  1. The Great and the Good, by Michel Déon = 86 pages
  2. Highland Storm = 4 pages (4 read and 4 translated into French)
  3. The Typikon Decoded = 14 pages
  4. Audiobook = 0 mn

TOTAL PAGES IN DAY 1 = 103 pages
PAGES READ SO FAR = 103 /490

ALSO:

  1. I did the challenge:
    Introduce Yourself #insixwords
    In case you have not seen it, come this way
  2. I posted a book giveaway
  3. I took part in the crazy chat. There were some new questions. I enjoyed the question about some 2017 goals we had not shared with anyone else before, and was amazed by the honesty of the participants. It was also sad to see that many people are struggling against depression. Book blogging is closer to my prayer life than you would imagine!

NOTES:

  • Considering I spent 1 hour in the chat, plus an extra 25 mn to go through Twitter notifications received during the chat, to follow other bloggers and share spreadsheets with them, I am super happy with this result of 103 pages for day 1!

My challenge is to read 490 pages (average of 70 pages/day).
According to my  2016 stats, I read an average of 68 pages per day throughout 2016, so I would like to challenge myself to do a tiny bit more that first week of 2017!
Not counting some time for audiobooks as well.

It’s going to be tough, as I actually celebrate the Nativity with my Church Friday night and Saturday – I’m Russian Orthodox, and we follow the Julian Calendar, so Christmas in on January 7.

What will I be reading from:

  • The Great and the Good, by Michel Déon – French literature in translation, for review BOOK FINISHED

  •  The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan – nonfiction, for review

  •  The Shadow of the Cross, by Dmitry Yakhovsky – historical fiction, ebook for review – BOOK FINISHED

  • Two Days Gone, by Randall Silvis – mystery, received at BEA 16, for review

  • Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather – Classic Club, ebook

  • Highland Storm, by Tanya Anne Crosby – historical romance, ebook, currently translating into French

  • The Typikon Decoded, by Job Gretcha – nonfiction, Orthodoxy

  • Audio: The Screwtape Letters, by C. S. Lewis – Classic Club

    and: Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng – TBR

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Challenges/Giveaways

Monday 1/2
Introduce Yourself #insixwords
And I posted a giveaway!

Tuesday 1/3
2017 in a Picture

Wednesday 1/4
Book to Movie

Thursday 1/5
Book Spine Poetry

Friday 1/6
If you like this, try this…

Saturday 1/7
FREE DAY!

Sunday 1/8
FREE DAY!

Twitter Chats
(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Monday: 8pm CST (TZC)
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)

Next Read-a-Thon
Bout of Books 18 – 1/2/2017 — 1/8/2017

Upcoming Read-a-Thons
Bout of Books 19 – 5/8/2017 — 5/14/2017
Bout of Books 20 – 8/21/2017 — 8/27/2017
Bout of Books 21 – 1/8/2018 — 1/14/2018

 

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