Advance Praise for “The Oblate’s Confession”
William Peak’s masterful prose—its sentences as skillfully made and enduring as the abbey at Redestone—is what makes this book so compelling. I read it twice—once for the intricacies of character and plot, then again for the pure pleasure of Peak’s writing.
– Sue Ellen Thompson, poet, Pulitzer Prize nominee, and winner of the 2010 Maryland Author Award
Like T.H. White’s “The Sword in the Stone,” William Peak’s classic coming-of-age story transports the reader back to Dark Age Britain, where a boy seeks enlightenment from a mystical hermit in a lonely forest. But unlike the future King Arthur, Peak’s young narrator follows the spiritual path of a monk. The adventures of Winwæd draw us into a perilous landscape of struggling monasteries, roving bands of armed men, and mysterious outbreaks of plague. In The Oblate’s Confession, impeccable historical research unites with a vivid evocation of everyday experience to bring a lost world back to life.
– John R. Hale, author, Lords of the Sea
This is a world you can get lost in. William Peak has done a great job of conjuring up another time and place, so realistic you can feel the damp stone walls and the cold of winter, the distant chanting of the monks and the heavy hand of a hard and brutal time on every shoulder.
– Helen Chappell, author, The Oysterback Tales and A Whole World of Trouble
Bravo to William Peak, who employs a simple narrative to illustrate complex themes including obligation to country, spirituality and family. A stunning debut…I look forward to more!
– Amy Abrams, author, Schenck in the 21st Century and The Cage and the Key