Secret Sacrament (2019)

Secret Sacrament Sherryl Jordan Secret Sacrament Terrified a young Navaron child watches helplessly from his hiding place as a young Shinili woman is brutally beaten and abused by a group of drunken Navaron men Too frightened to answer her pleas fo
  • Title: Secret Sacrament
  • Author: Sherryl Jordan
  • ISBN: 9780689860454
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Paperback
Secret Sacrament Sherryl Jordan Terrified, a young Navaron child watches helplessly from his hiding place as a young Shinili woman is brutally beaten and abused by a group of drunken Navaron men Too frightened to answer her pleas for help, the child runs away, taking with him the sacred bone carving of the Shinili people In doing so, he forever binds himself and his fate to them Gabriel is no ordinaryTerrified, a young Navaron child watches helplessly from his hiding place as a young Shinili woman is brutally beaten and abused by a group of drunken Navaron men Too frightened to answer her pleas for help, the child runs away, taking with him the sacred bone carving of the Shinili people In doing so, he forever binds himself and his fate to them Gabriel is no ordinary boy His life is now marked out for greatness by powers beyond his understandingHe s never wanted to follow in his father s footsteps and become a wealthy, sea faring merchant, celebrated by all in the ancient empire of Navora but cold and distant to his family Haunted by a terrible childhood secret Gabriel spurns family tradition and duties as the eldest son, to pursue a life of helping others Derived from a deep sense of guilt and strange mysterious visions Gabriel knows that he is destined to become a healer, with the power to decipher dreams, no matter what his overbearing family argues But against his will, Gabriel finds himself caught up in the power struggles of a corrupt Empire, endangering all that he loves His decision to hold true to his destiny is one that will cost him dearly, and one that threatens to tear apart the entire Navoran Empire but which might just end up saving an entire people.
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  1. Myth

    Checked out from library After reading several non fiction books I was hoping to find something easy and fun in fantasy This book was a gamble and I didn t really get what I wanted, but there was no great loss.Overall, I liked the book in the way one likes a book of tropes There s something familiar and easy about it A three is the most I could give it though It was a meh plot line, meh story, meh writing, meh characters with a touching ending.Jordan tried to cover a lot of ground in one book an [...]

  2. Janet

    Secret Sacrament struck me as an odd amalgamation as if Louisa May Alcott wrote an epic fantasy screenplay for Disney Most of the novel reads as a simple, relatively staid middle grade level coming of age story, but it occasionally lurches into scenes of sex and violence Gabriel, the healer trainee protagonist, was too much of a vanilla goody two shoes for my taste, and in general both characters and cultures were painted in too broad of strokes for me For example we were told the main villain w [...]

  3. Jocelyn

    Picked this up at the library and just sat down to read it No peaking at GR reviews, didn t even enter it in my currently reading shelf Refreshing way to read a book, because it puts me in a much forgiving mood than usual and forces me to receive the story as it is, without preconceptions.I enjoyed the decent first half A fairly average coming of age story about the usual special main character who attends a prestigious school to learn a special skill, but Gabriel s genuine passion for his care [...]

  4. Hannah Waters

    Secret Sacrament was a brilliant story following Gabriel s life, which is forever changed when he takes an amulet from a Shinali women and leaves her to die Gabriel s life is full of ups and downs, and sends the reader on an emotional rollercoaster.The beautiful writing brought this world to life, and the relationships that Gabriel develops throughout his life are lovely and heart warming, particularly his relationships with Ashila and Salverion.The mixture of settings from the simple life of th [...]

  5. Amanda

    Sort of YA ish, but a good story It does remind me of a nursery rhyme about the little girl with the curl, right in the middle of her forehead The good people in this book are very, very good, almost saintly The bad ones arehorrid Baddies who are so bad they practically wear black hats, and rub their hands together while cackling Buwahahahaha

  6. Aelvana

    Gabriel has never been the son his father wanted to have On his father s death, Gabriel relinquishes his role in the family s trading company in order to become a healer Despite his natural talent and astonishing success, Gabriel remains troubled by the dying woman he refused to help when he was a child But Gabriel is part of a prophecy, and his actions will shape the future of two nations.Gabriel is an engaging main character His terror as a child caused him to make a decision he forever regret [...]

  7. Melanie

    Gabriel, oldest son of a noble house in Navora, is expected to take over the family business when his father dies suddenly He wants nothing to do with it He wants to be a healer Gabriel gets his way and becomes a well known and respected healer When his brother is brutally murdered, Gabriel gets a rare chance to visit his family in the farming community.While running for exercise one morning, Gabriel encounters a woman of the Shinali tribe Ashila and Gabriel feel an instant connection He falls i [...]

  8. L. Petunia

    I re read this about 10 years after I first read it because I recently read the sequel, The Time of the Eagle I bumped the rating up to 4.5I think this is one of my favorite Jordan books, and I do like it slightly than the sequel, but yes, I d forgotten how BADLY this book needed a sequel with that ending, wow The villain is a little flat, but not as flat as he is in the sequel since we spend time with him It s not heavy on the action, but there s just something about this world and the charac [...]

  9. Eileen

    A seven year old boy witnesses a brutal attack on a woman from another tribe He takes a bone carving from her as she lays dying and is wracked with guilt for years A prohecy from his own nation and the tribe Shinali drive his destination.At 14 Gabriel declares at his fathers funeral he wants nothing to do with his family s business and wishes to becom a healer As the prophecy unfolds Gabreil finds great honour in the healing Citadel with the empress, treachery, murders, plague, battle evil power [...]

  10. kari

    I loved this story It is a high lot good You ll have to read it to understand that phrase.The story of Gabriel, a young healer, is wonderfully told Gabriel is a great character, clearly and sympathetically drawn as are the members of his family, teachers and the people of the Shinali tribe.This has an ending that was completely unexpected, right for the story but definitely shocking This is a book I will re read and recommend to other s looking for a thoughtful and entertaining read.

  11. Amelia

    This book holds a powerful thought process It makes you think about what each object in this book symbolizes in this world And how exquisite, the ending, the death, and yet the beginning of the Time of the Eagle The sacrifice, the love, the charming way this novel weaves the tale of Gabriel The richness and the quality of the cultures and ways of life the amazing characters who steal your hearts.This book is entirely worthy of five stars It will forever be amongst my list of the Greatest Books E [...]

  12. Deirdre

    An interesting story about a boy who decides he wants to heal and help and what he has to do to fulfil that wish.Gabriel saw an attack on a helpless Shinali woman, the tribe his people are supressing, have invaded This has stayed with him all his life She gives him a bone, this bone reminds him of her and gives him strange visions.When he has an opportunity to meet with some Shinali he finds that things aren t as straightforward as he may have been lead to think.There are moments where it s a li [...]

  13. Anna

    This book was unbelievably hard to read The story is beautifully and lyrically written I felt that the author believed every word she wrote It s a tale of sacrifice and love and of giving of yourself when it s the hardest thing to do I was very moved by this book There are only two things I would wish differently of it One, I felt that the prophecy needed to play out a bit And Two, I thought that the antagonist needed to come to a nasty end.

  14. Jayne

    I think I would give this book 4 stars simply for how well it managed to engage my emotions However, I couldn t say that I liked it It was a very anxious read for me I thought I knew which direction the story was going to end and I didn t like it I almost lay the book down for fear of the ending The main character in the story was the only one I didn t find believable The story is well written.

  15. Brett Price

    The book reminds me of a Poccahontas story of some sorts The young man in the story line is so gentle and i love it I wish i could have the same hardworking mentality and dedication Its funny like every time he is faced with a problem, he runs I could never live and die the way he does it kills me LIke he just lies down and dies I mean who does that Besides that its a good book especially for anyone who is interested in fantasy or historical fantasy kind of books.

  16. Julie

    I d had this book in the back of my mind for years and then I came across the info on a back page of my blogThe ending where he dies, at peace with himself and the people, He lifted up his arms and began to run there s eucatastrophe in that.

  17. Paula

    Typically Sherryl Jordan thought provoking, emotional and heart rending Very well written I will probably never read it again, because I prefer my books a little happier, but I would recommend it to any fan of hers I was particularly touched by the scene where Myron and Gabriel walk through the valley together.

  18. Heather

    I was surprised how much I liked this book I thoroughly enjoyed the author s description of energetic healing It reminded me that the power of thought is a very important part of getting better I ve been reading so much chick lit lately, it was nice to have the story told through a male perspective, too.

  19. Katie

    I love this book It s a great fantasy read and is considered a children s book but I would recommend it to kids 12 and up It s one that I read in middle school and am lucky to have gotten a hardback copy I have read it several times and am actually reading it now The plot is different and original and the main characters likeable It s wonderful.

  20. Annie

    Revised edition.Gabriel is part of the wealthy ruling elite Navoran whose life is forever altered by witnessing the beating of a woman of the lower Shinali race.Gabriel has a destiny to work towards changes to society, fulfilling the prophecy that a Navoran man will help the Shinali reclaim their native land.I can t wait for to read the sequel Time of the eagle

  21. Jomi

    Excellent fantasy with a rich, beautiful setting and compassionate characters I thoroughly enjoyed this book I read it a few years ago and wasn t aware there was a sequel, now I have something to look forward to D

  22. Malinda

    I really like her style of writting This story is about different cultures clashing and about fearing others who look and behave differently than you There is some cool magic powers in the characters too There s also a good love story in it.

  23. Peter Stuart

    Sherryl Jordan s ultimate skill made a fictional time and place seem very real The story had me gripped from beginning to end This book is a must for anyone who likes the inspirational fictional genre with a spiritual theme running throughout.

  24. Jenna

    This book caught me by surprise I enjoyed the developemnt of the main character and his morality It somewhat tugged at me to be better Worth the read and even a second perusal Recommend to anyone.

  25. Chaelvin Amador

    I enjoyed reading this book The ending was quite sad but I only truly realised how powerful and meaningful it was when I read the second book.

  26. Sarah

    This is an amazing book about change, love and sacrifce It is really good and I would recomend it to any teen.

  27. Roshni

    Seems to be fantasy, but is truly just a romance in a spiced up setting Not impressive at all, and the ending is very predictable

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