virgin of the wind rose

Title:ร‚ย The Virgin of the Wind Rose
Author:ร‚ย Glen Craney
Publication Date:ร‚ย 15th October 2013
Publisher:ร‚ย Brigid’s Fire Press
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While investigating the murder of an American missionary in Ethiopia, rookie State Department lawyer Jaqueline Quartermane becomes obsessed with a magical word square found inside an underground church that guards the tomb of the biblical Adam.

Drawn into a web of esoteric intrigue, she and a roguish antiquities thief named Elymasmust race an elusive and taunting mastermind to find the one relic needed to rebuild Solomon’s Temple. A trail of cabalistic clues leads them to the catacombs of Rome, the crypt below Chartres Cathedral, a Masonic shaft in Nova Scotia, a Portuguese shipwreck off Sumatra, and the caverns under the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Intertwined with this modern mystery-thriller, a parallel duel is waged:

The year is 1452. One of the most secretive societies in history, Portugal’s Order of Christ, is led by a reclusive visionary, Prince Henry the Navigator. His medieval version of NASA combined with the CIA schemes to foil its archenemies, the Inquisitor Torquemada andQueen Isabella of Castile, who plan to bring back Christ for the Last Judgment by ridding the world of Jews, heretics, and unbelievers.

Separated by half a millennium, two conspiracies to usher in the Tribulations of theBook of Revelation dovetail in this fast-paced thriller to expose the world’s most explosive secret: The true identity of Christopher Columbus and the explorer’s connection to those now trying to launch the End of Days.


[Note: I was sent a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.]

I was a little apprehensive to start this book when I picked it up. The cover and the synopsis were not like anything I’d usually read but I gave it a go. I found it a little difficult to read for that reason – it was so completely different to anything I’ve read before – but I did like it!

Like a lot of books I read, this book flicked between past and present. It’s like a cross between a modern-day and a historical novel, and it was interesting to read. The story travelled all over the world, introducing us to so many characters, relationships and time periods. It was a lot to take in and sometimes I found myself having to go back and skim over what I had just read so I could fully understand it all.

“The amount of research that went into the historical aspects was exceptional”

My issue was that I didn’t really connect to any of the characters, which is usually something that draws me into a book. I didn’t find any of them particularly likeable and they just didn’t really appeal to me. Nevertheless, this didn’t stop the story from progressing; I enjoyed it all the same.

Overall, although I didn’t get into the plot or the characters very much, I appreciated how well put-together it was. The amount of research that went into the historical aspects was exceptional – I could tell that the author put a lot of time and effort into creating a thoroughly convincing story. There were plenty of opportunities to learn new things and to have my interpretations of the theories that arose. It was definitely out of my comfort zone, but I think I really need to step outside of it more often!

My rating:ร‚ย 3