The Accidental Heretics, E. A. Pearson
It seems cruel to review unpublished books here. Painful even for me, since if I loved it as much as I loved this, I can't make you rush out and get it because it isn't here to get. Quelle tragique. But it's list of what I've read and I did read this. A very long, dense book, so action packed you loose track of time or decide to read "just a little more" before doing things that need doing and then find yourself at the end of the day having done nothing but read. This story is set in the Catalan region of France and Spain in the early 13th century. Someone is hunting the grandchildren of Crusaders and trying to destroy their families. The three grandchildren end up thrown together trying solve the mystery of who is after them. It's set among actual events of the period, when the French launched a new Crusade against heretics at home instead of the infidels in the Outremer. The new Crusade leads our heroes in to even more danger. The book is clever, exciting, awesome and generally the best thing ever. Half the characters here I love so much I wish I could make them real and tiny and carry them around in my pocket with me forever. Keep your fingers crossed that someday I can send you off to Amazon to get it for yourself.