Condemned to Die a Heretic

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry, 2016-

Set during the Crusades, The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry is the story of Dolssa, a privileged young woman known for the miracles that transpire in her presence.   Condemned to die as a heretic by the Inquisition, Dolssa escapes her execution only to be found starving and near death by the side of a road.  She is rescued by a trio of sisters with their own secrets who hide Dolssa from the prying eyes of their village. Yet, when miracles begin to unfold within the village, it is only a matter of time before Dolssa is discovered.

Awarded the 2017 Printz Honor for outstanding literature for young adults, The Passion of Dolssa is a the story of a gentle woman living in a violent period of time.   Author Julie Berry creates a richly atmospheric medieval setting layered with deeply defined characters and charged with sacrifice and passion.

Jennifer Kendall