Lady Isabella Devereaux lived a comfortable life with her husband and children until the plague took all of that away from her. Unaffected by the devastating disease, Lady Isabella turned to the thankless job of helping the dying plague victims, since they benefited from her healing ways. One day her travels took her to another healer who offered her a book of secrets which included how to forge a very unusual amulet. The book and the amulet proved a dangerous combination.
When Annie, a modern day girl falls through the boards of the excavation on which her father, an archaeologist, is working, Isabella's and Annie's life suddenly entwine. Annie is thrust into the world of the Middle Ages in an attempt to find the truth about Isabella's life.
In this historical middle grade fantasy, the medieval part brings the reader deeply into a world where the Black Plague has cast its shadow on society and seeing the dead each day becomes a normal occurrence. Will Annie survive? Does she uncover the truth? Why has she suddenly time traveled to the Middle Ages? All of these questions are answered when you read The Heretic's Tomb by Simon Rose.
Told in both Isabella's and Annie's points of view the story is an excellent depiction of medieval life and would be a great accompaniment for a unit on this period. It brings to life the struggles of living in this time by showing the experiences of various groups of people and how they coped with destruction and despair.
I recommend this book to anyone who would like to learn more about this tumultuous time and enjoys both fantasy and adventure. It's a quick and fun read.