Bohemian Gospel by Dana Chamblee Carpenter

In 13th Century Bohemia King Ottakar is horribly injured by an errant arrow and brought to the closest monetary for healing.   Thankfully Mouse, a young girl who is an unusually talented healer, is there and takes over his care.  The King is thankful, so thankful he declares Mouse his ward, and takes her with him to his castle.  Mouse, who is orphaned, does not know her parents, and is mysteriously denied communion by the brothers and sisters she was raised with, is thrilled believing she will begin a new life.  However she knows she must keep her talents at bay.

Mouse is an interesting character.  I didn’t realize that “powers” would be a part of the story and they blend seamlessly with the narrative.  She is a good person dealing with immense power.  With words she commands her would-be rapist to GO AWAY and he turned and began walking.  No one has seen him since… 

Her inner struggle with being good and trying to be happy and find a place in the world can be heartbreaking; and hence, my displeasure with the book.  I loved this book until I was about three-quarters finished.  Then the tone changed, which I really don’t appreciate.  Just when you are hoping things are going right for this woman, doom and gloom and peril is thrown her way.  I stuck with the story, because I loved it that much until that point, to get to an interesting ending.  But one that still didn’t leave me in a happy place.

For those that want to read about medieval life in a foreign local, don’t mind magic, and like their books to end on a dark note.