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Brother Cadfael's Penance (Brother Cadfael Mysteries) (original 1994; edition 1996)

by Ellis Peters

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Title:Brother Cadfael's Penance (Brother Cadfael Mysteries)
Authors:Ellis Peters
Info:Mysterious Press (1996), Mass Market Paperback, 272 pages
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This is the last in the 20-volume Brother Cadfael series, and the second in the series that I've read. (I previously read #11).
I'd sort of expect any writer to be getting a bit weary of a scenario or character after 20 installments, however nothing of the kind came through for me. I thought this was a quite well-written book, not too bogged down by tropes of the mystery genre, with a nice mix of politicking and family drama. I found it to be more convincing and believable than many medieval mysteries, as well. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Brother Cadfael pursues a personal quest to find his son Olivier de Bretagne and by so doing risks being unable to return to his former life at Shrewsbury.
This is I believe the last chronicle in the Cadfael canon and leads to a worthy conclusion for the brother whose humanity and compassion goes beyond church doctrine and feudal rivalries. ( )
  supersnake | Dec 30, 2015 |
I love Brother Cadfael mysteries. ( )
  RBeene | Mar 20, 2015 |
As the series progresses, the mysteries become less important to the story, with less of Cadfael's sleuthing, and the adventures more so. There's very little investigation here, but a rousing adventure and a great series of scenes of a castle under siege. A wonderful ending to a series that's become a classic. ( )
1 vote GunnarGrey | Apr 8, 2013 |
Olivier de Bretagne has vanished after becoming a POW when Faringdon castle was betrayed. Cadfael exceeds his leave from the monastery and goes on a quest to find him. Will the monastery accept him back?

Again, there is a murder but the discovery of who committed it is inconsequential to the main story, which is a fitting and moving end to the series. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Nov 23, 2011 |
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The Earl of Leicester's courier came riding over the bridge that spanned the Severn, and into the town of Shrewsbury, somewhat past noon on a day at the beginning of November, with three months' news in his saddle roll.
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While Cadfael has bent Abbey rules, he has never broken his monastic vows--until now. Word has come to Shrewsbury of a treacherous act that has left 30 of Maud's knights imprisoned. All have been ransomed except Cadfael's secret son, Olivier. Conceived in Cadfael's soldiering youth and unaware of his father's identity, Olivier will die if he is not freed.

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In 12th Century Britain, Brother Cadfael searches for his son, Olivier de Bretagne, taken prisoner in a war between the grandchildren of William the Conqueror. In the process he discovers intrigue and murder. By the author of The Holy Thief.

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