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M. Andrew Rudder's debut science fiction novel
Wow. Just wow.
I didn’t know what to expect from Rukis, seeing as I’d only ever read Red Lantern, one of her visual novels, before, but I was completely blown away by the high quality of writing in this book. The quality of Rukis’ illustrations are top-notch as always. A writer and illustrator combined in one person is a wonderful formula for creating amazing books. After all, Rukis could decide for herself which scenes she wanted to depict and what she wanted everything to look like, making the illustrations complementary to the story in a way I’ve never seen before.
All the characters in this story are interesting in their very own way, and we can see many of them transforming throughout the book, which makes for some incredibly character development. By reading the book, I felt connected to the characters. Connected to the family Luther was a part of now. My heart really ached when certain characters left the story, be it through death or them simply leaving.
What I enjoyed most about Heretic, is that I was often caught by surprise by certain events taking place. There were some that I could predict perfectly, but also some that threw me off-guard. These were usually moments that either made my eyes grow big, or that made me laugh, my favourite one probably being the time when Delilah pulled that little stunt at the Officers Ball, copying her loving husband’s action earlier in the book.
The religious aspect of this book is very tastefully done, and shows both those men stuck in their beliefs, and those willing to tailor what they believe in from time to time. The inquisitor surprised me on all accounts. I did not expect what he did to happen at all.
All in all, this was a very satisfying book that I’d love to recommend to EVERYONE, and I am already very thrilled for a sequel, as the ending literally states:
“Two weeks from now, I’ll leave for the Dark Continent.
But that is another story.”
Don’t make us wait too long, Rukis!
The situations into which Rukis places her characters in this story are very engrossing and thought provoking. Even though the plot could be more solid, I couldn't help but reflect on some of my own experiences as I read this book, and to be inspired by the characters. This is a book that will make you think, and possibly change you.
This book is perfect... If you call yourself a furry, you definitely should have this piece in your collection!
A world to get lost in
'Heretic' is absolutely everything that you could ask for in a novel. The storyline flows in tune to the overall concept of not only the presented era, but each character involved. It gives gateway to a view of how one's life is but a simple pendulum, waning back and forth against the harsh tides of life.
Rukis has successfully and more so than ever, outdone many writers to this day. Her style carefully carves away at what most readers thrive on.. Reason and Closure. She struck each character's personality and history with flawless effort. In the simplicity of it, you surely will want to keep reading once you've started.
This is a novel that I would recommend to anyone both inside and outside of the 'furry' community. It is spectacular, and maintains a balance both between intimacy and the masked, cruel chains of life.
Heretic' is without a doubt, one of Rukis' best pieces yet. I will re-read it for many, many years to come.
Written and Illustrated by Rukis
Written and Illustrated by Rukis
Rukis' first printed volume of artwork