Sanctus is a fiction novel by Simon Toyne, the first of a trilogy, that deals with a mysterious sect of monks in an ancient castle and the revelation of something incredible there, a secret of the past that would change the world. The story is essentially based on the type of plot where all these big questions and mysterious are poised, but there’s no answers until you get through reading the book, you are slowly revealed the full machinations of the story chapter by chapter, and by slowly, I mean very slowly and carefully planned. I think the book attempts to reign in that thrilling sense of narrative that Dan Brown achieves in his books about religious and historical revelations and the meanings behind some deep questions on society’s history. Sanctus is essentially loosely based on reality and then adds its own fictional spin to what could be in a fantasy world.
The book is written in the perspective of a few different characters, and I think it would have fared a little better if the amount of perspectives was reduced a little, so there was more room for certain character development. However the book does do a great job of piecing together a plot of intrigue and action, the start and end are very well written I feel, with the middle sections possibly feeling a bit rushed and awkward, because of the perspectives the author uses, still it’s a good read, and the book is doing very well at the moment. No doubt because of it’s similarity to Dan Brown’s style of books, which are also extremely popular.
I’d recommend reading it for any type of reader, most won’t be able to put it down, as it’s that type of book. I personally enjoyed this first book, but I’m not completely hooked on the idea of reading the rest of the trilogy, still I’ve heard they are as well written but with maybe not as interesting a plot reveal, since the first one pretty much gives you too much in terms of the insight into the secret, and any developments from that.