by Sharon Cramer
The Execution is a dark, romantic, historical, action adventure slated to become a motion picture! Also available: Risen.
Parallel lives are fated to collide in The Execution, a medieval, fantasy thriller, dark adventure, and tragic love story set in fourteenth century France.
A young priest enters the prison cell of a condemned mercenary and is shocked to see the face of this murderer is his own - a mirror image of himself. Unknown to each other until now, the twins form a bond of brotherhood, sealed with their darkest secrets. But with only hours until the execution, the priest begins to question which man should truly be condemned. Should it be the ruthless killer - a boy from an orphanage who suffered the unimaginable - or himself, the man of God whose own tormented desires ended in tragedy? As the sun rises, the young priest knows what he must do. Only one man will die … but two men will be free.
The mouth, full and wide, slowly broke into a lopsided grin as the prisoner regarded the priest in return. His thick lashes and black brows framed dancing eyes, defiant despite their current wretched state of affairs. The right eye was swollen, cruelly beaten and likely broken. A deep and ragged scar over the left brow further defiled the tragically beautiful face.
His eyes, however, were quite the most disturbing, for as D’ata stared, transfixed by them, he knew them - knew them unmistakably. Under the blood and the grime, beaten and forsaken as it was, the face was his own - a mirror image of himself.
Both stared in silence, as each beheld his twin.
The deep, hollow laughter from the prisoner drifted up the dungeon stairs, out the window slots, and briefly beckoned all moths before it was swallowed up by the thick fog of the night.
I just finished reading this book, and I loved it! I spent the entire day, completely lost in the incredible story of two brothers, unlike any I have ever read. I was on the edge of my seat as their fantastical lives were laid out so eloquently, so deeply, and so colourfully by Sharon Cramer. I found myself "seeing" their worlds, believing their loves, and investing myself in both of these characters. Sharon has painted an amazingly accurate picture of what could be used in a very intense discussion over the nature/nurture debate. Make sure you have a good supply of tissue handy and a few hours to spend, as you won't want to put it down until you see the fabulous, emotional and unforeseen climax to this great book! I am definitely adding Sharon Cramer to my list of favourite authors!
About the Author
Sharon Cramer is an aspiring time-traveler, alien princess, and master painter of Halloween faces. In the meantime, she writes from a dank, dark cave, somewhere in Washington State. She has released, Liberty, the first in a sci-Fi fantasy series called The Cerulean Star, and has a breakthrough novel, beloved by an amazingly loyal following, called The Execution. Movie coming soon!
When not planning historical ruin and perfectly crushed hearts, Sharon can be found wandering somewhere in obscure Eastern Washington, talking to herself. Driven by sleeplessness and a seemingly endless draw to the keyboard (and the occasional extra strong "special" coffee) she is inspired by unorthodox friends and extreme weather. Mother to three sons, a nerd horse, a bad cat, and eleven fish (who all have names) she is married to a man who surely has won the Nobel Prize for Extreme Tolerance.