Shang Yun Yun itibaren Zastarynnie, Beyaz Rusya
There was more action in this volume than in some of the other Cadfael mysteries; it was handled well. I particularly liked the end of the book.
There is one point in this book where a character says that we must not justify the present by comparing it with the failings of the past, nor should we justify the past by comparing it with the failings of the present. That made me think long and hard. We all do that - for example, saying "at least Iraq is better off than it was under Saddam" or "people in South Africa were safer and better off under apartheid" or "we must tolerate Israel's conduct because of the holocaust" or whatever. This book teaches that each era or government must be judged on its own merits and not by simple comparison with another.
I reread this before Harry Potter Family Fun Night, but now I can't stop... guess I am going to reread the rest of the series now. Resistance is futile