The Devil's Novice by Ellis Peters

288 pages first pub 1983 (editions)

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In the autumn of 1140 the Benedictine monastery at Shrewsbury finds its new novice Meriet Aspley a bit disturbing. The younger son of a prominent family, Meriet is meek and biddable by day, but his sleep is rife with nightmares so violent that the...

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mysterious 94%
adventurous 41%
emotional 35%
hopeful 17%
reflective 11%
dark 5%
lighthearted 5%
tense 5%


medium 61%
slow 27%
fast 11%

Plot- or character-driven?

Plot: 66% | A mix: 33%

Strong character development?

Yes: 61% | No: 38%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 61% | It's complicated: 30% | No: 7%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 92% | N/A: 7%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 58% | Yes: 25% | It's complicated: 16%

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