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Synopsis: Born in poverty, discrimination and fear. . . . the fires that forged Luther throughout his young life were none too kind. Now a man hardened and angered by the trials he’s faced, his many years serving active combat in the navy of his proud nation, and finally the loss of a lover and comrade-in-arms, Luther faces imprisonment and a possible death sentence for thSynopsis: Born in poverty, discrimination and fear. . . . the fires that forged Luther throughout his young life were none too kind. Now a man hardened and angered by the trials he’s faced, his many years serving active combat in the navy of his proud nation, and finally the loss of a lover and comrade-in-arms, Luther faces imprisonment and a possible death sentence for the crime of heresy. The charge. . . loving another man. Now the desperation of a noble family and the grave situation of one young woman may be his salvation. But to embrace it and pursue a future he has only ever dreamed of, Luther must learn to become a part of their world. . . a world of intrigue, dark secrets, courtesans, religious zealotry and assassination. Luther is a man accustomed to fighting his way through life. But sometimes, with love and family on the line, a battle waged by the sword can have terrible repercussions. And the secret which threatened to destroy Luther his entire life could land all of those he loves in shackles beside him.9 years before the events of ‘Red Lantern’, Luther Denholme’s story beginsWritten and illustrated by Rukis...

Title : Heretic
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ISBN : 9781614501138
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 356 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Heretic Reviews

  • J.F.R. Coates
    2019-02-24 02:22

    Probably more like a 4.5, but I didn't feel like it should be marked as low as a 4.Having not read Red Lantern before, this wasn't so much a prequel for me, as I knew nothing about any of these characters. And yet I wasn't ever truly confused about anything, so it stands as a good starting point for new readers to the series.I think at times the narrative can be a bit jumpy, and the passing of time isn't always made clear, hence the deduction of the half star. And while it was all in 1st person, there was one unusual section that was told third person, only a few paragraphs long. That was an unusual addition that only seemed to be there for a single piece of witty dialogue.

  • Ije the Devourer of Books
    2019-03-17 10:40

    Five stars plus!! What a fantastic book!!!I think this must be the best furry book that I have ever read.SOME SPOILERS AheadHeretic is a fantastic gay furry swashbuckling adventure and a must for fans of the author/illustrator Rukis and for those following the graphic novel Red Lantern series.This book, which also has illustrations, is set nine years before the events in Red Lantern: The Crimson DivineIn this story we meet the main character Luther on the deck of a ship as he cradles his dying lover Admiral Klaus Richter in his arms. With his dying breath and surrounded by other crew members, Klaus confesses his love for Luther, but in doing so he condemns Luther to jail and suffering. Their same sex relationship is forbidden in their country - Amuresca - but Klaus in the throes of death has inadvertently outed Luther in front of all the crew members.And so begins the story. Luther is then cast into prison and tortured as a means of punishment for his homosexuality and as a way of ensuring that he keeps quiet and doesn't sully the Admiral's reputation. Amuresca is a country in which class, society and religion hold sway. 'Polite society' and religious dogma are used to ensure the privileged classes remain privileged, and that everyone knows both their place and what is accepted of them. It is a society that is riven by hypocrisy, gender discrimination and stilted societal mores. To transgress this way of being is to be branded a heretic.Luther is pretty much seen as being a heretic because not only does he desire men, he is also from the lowest class in society - cattle dogs. But Luther is courageous and able to view his place in society with a critical eye. His job in the navy provides him with the freedom of the open seas and freedom from a repressive society, and he revels in this and in the love of Admiral Klaus until Klaus is killed aboard their ship by raiders.Luther bears the torture and pain of jail and the loss of Klaus until one day surprising reprieve comes in the form of an offer from a pedigree family. If Luther marries the pregnant daughter of Admiral Lucius Denholme then not only will he gain his freedom, he will also eventually inherit the Admiral's fleet.The Admiral's daughter Delilah is pregnant due to rape and she has no choice but to marry the father (the nobleman who raped her) or face life as an outcast from society. If she marries someone else then both her and her pups are saved. Luther is that someone who has nothing to lose and everything to gain by this marriage. Luther agrees to this because by marrying her he saves himself and neither he nor Delilah are looking for intimacy or love and romance. Having said this Luther is a radical and impetuous in the way he refuses to be cowed by society or church, he believes in justice and so challenges the rapist to a duel.As time passes Luther finds another kind of love and acceptance through his arrangement with Delilah even though his relationship with his wife is platonic and non-sexual. Luther realises for the first time in his life that he has a family: a wife, a father - in -law and children. He manages to embrace this situation, even more so when his father - in - law arranges for a male courtesan to join the household. This courtesan Mikhael helps Luther cope with his desire for sexual intimacy, all with the approval of Delilah and the silence of the household. This is one of the hypocrisy's of Amurescan society. The pedigree families can flaunt the societal norms of the day as long as it is done so in private and without the knowledge of the church. And so life continues but everything is put in jeopardy when the church somehow gets wind of Luther's past. Luther then finds that he must strive to protect his newly formed family from others who would threaten them and ruin the future of his adopted children.The story is brilliant in the way it depicts a canine society bound by norms and values similar to the Regency period. Luther is a brilliant character; intelligent, charismatic, fearless and determined he refuses to be cowed by societal norms and lives for the sea and his family but he is quite prepared to give up everything to protect them. He also recognises his own vulnerability in the attraction he has for Mikhael. Luther is also impulsive and quite snarky and always has a retort when others try to suppress him. He embraces the opportunity of pedigree life whilst seeing the truth in the hypocrisy of Amurescan society life. All of this makes the story engaging and draws the reader into the adventure.The writing is excellent and makes the story vivid and the fact that this is anthropomorphic (furry) fiction adds to this. Although the characters are very human, the descriptions and mannerisms of the characters are clearly those of animals, giving the story a kind of fantasy and historical feel. Having said this I was puzzled about the horses and why they didn't speak. All the other animals - dogs, wolves, mice, rats, foxes, badgers - all spoke and behaved in human ways, but not the horses who remained as animals. Maybe this is because they were the mode of transport but in any case it is still an excellent portrayal of a repressive and class ridden society.I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I really liked Luther. The story provides the back story to the events in the graphic novel series which can be followed on line and it was all the more enriching for me because I have read those. The story has a great way of providing tense moments without spilling over into angst but this doesn't reduce the complexities that Luther has to grapple with.Rukis the author is not only a talented artist, she is also a talented writer. I enjoyed the world building and the way the reader is drawn into a society which stifles its inhabitants, giving privilege to the elite and powerful few. Of course this is a kind of parody of some societies today where women are seen as second class citizens and gay people are criminalised. I read this story with delight and relief. Delight at a wonderful story full of courage and adventure, relief that I have never had to live in a society riven by class or caste. I also think this is a great book for people who haven't yet tried anthropomorphic fiction (furry fiction). The book can be ordered through Furplanet Production and the graphic novel (Red Lantern) can be ordered at Amazon US or read on line. Red Lantern: Book 1 Crimson Divine - http://www.rukiscroax.com/redlantern/ Rukis - http://www.furaffinity.net/user/rukis

  • Conno
    2019-03-08 10:24

    The best book I've ever read? YESSo I ordered this book during the end of February and it shipped to my house for the beginning of the March Break. Needless to say I was finished it after 3 days. The storyline is amazing and the character development and dialogue is some of the best I've ever read.I also love how the book dives deep into our modern society about Gay/same sex relationships. It really does its job in putting you in a position where you are agreeing and rooting for the main character. Seriously! Luther is amazing and he has such a great sense of conviction and he knows who he is. The themes in the story are so well delivered that alone makes it worth reading again and again. Most likely the best book I've ever experienced and I've already got my friends hooked into this wonderful community.

  • Victor
    2019-03-08 08:16

    Rukis's Heretic is a solid, full-length furry novel. It's hard, at least for me, to keep myself from comparing it to Kyell Gold's Volle series - mostly because of the similar setting and main conflict that both novels share.Heretic suffers in this comparison. I don't think that Rukis's writing is quite up to par with Kyell's, and the story just frankly did not quite grab at me the same way Kyell's writing almost always does. The awkward, consistent use of all-caps in dialogue to signify yelling/shouting in this book also breaks up the flow of reading the novel itself. Another issue I had was with the disjointed skipping of particular scenes (especially the more explicit ones) with minimal warning to the reader. Oftentimes I found myself having to go back a paragraph or two in these instances to make sure I hadn't missed anything since I was confused where the scene had gone.The plot structure is also rather dark and violent overall which I was not a fan of, personally. In particular, I was not a fan of how most of the plot lines resolved at the end of the book (I am much more of a happily-ever-after sort of person; another reason why I prefer Kyell's books).Nevertheless, I do think this book conveys some important messages and I always enjoyed the parts where the reader is able to see the turmoil inside Luther (the protagonist)'s mind. Although I think world-building and conflict development in the book are not particularly strong, Rukis does excel at character development in this book. A solid, if unexceptional, furry novel without major faults deserves four stars in my book! I will be reading more of Rukis's later works (Heretic was one of her earlier novels) and will be looking for improvement.

  • Darrin Gingerich
    2019-03-05 10:31

    Its a really AMAZING book.

  • Harlequin93
    2019-03-18 10:25

    This book... even halfway through I knew it's going to be my new favorite novel. The characters were so well developed, the decisions they made felt so right (even the bad ones, controversally); how the characters developed; the world they live in; the hardships they went through; the conclusions and many, many lessons learned and values gained from this novel - I cannot even comprehend all of it at once. I am not one who has an abundant amount of writing on his shelves, and I cannot say I have yet learned all lessons in life that shape me, but if a book makes me tear up four times within just a few hundred pages, if the story of Heretic makes me feel so complete, then I feel confident enough to say this is one of the most beautiful works of furry fiction that I have ever read.Thank you Rukis for writing this. This story is a part of me now.

  • Franck Rabeson
    2019-02-24 03:21

    DISCLAIMER: I wrote this review based on the version that the writer made available for free online rather than the commercially available book.Writing well is hard. Drawing well is hard. I admit to often feeling a bit (?) jealous of those who manage either. Rukis, as far as my opinion goes, manages both with this story.Quite generally, I have no valid complaints about this book besides the typos, and I bet (hope?) those were fixed in the commercial version. All in all, a better read than I had expected, especially for a first novel, and especially knowing that the version I read was originally posted online as the chapters were written, without the benefit of prior editing (as far as I know). I guess I'll now have to start paying attention to Rukis's written works more.

  • Zeta Syanthis
    2019-03-07 10:27

    Now *this* is a novel...Pain, anger, joy, beauty, tragedy... This book has them all. The story of a gay individual in an almost Victorian society who finds himself an unlikely home is not an entirely unique one, but the way this is told definitely is. It isn't an easy book to read, as there are astonishingly dark and angry parts (justified as far as I can tell), but it is completely impossible to out down. Be ready for the heartache, but don't forget the joys. And the love. This book is amazing. <3

  • Rengare Wolfe
    2019-03-06 02:35

    One of the best pieces of anthropomorphic writing to date. It has a very well intricate setting, emotionally complex, and follows the tribulations of one of the most surprisingly well developed characters I was able to relate to. Definitely a must-read for those in "the Fandom".

  • Lynn
    2019-02-26 03:42

    I have always loved her art work since I've discovered it. I this case the story she put with it was a wonderful prequel to the graphic novel series I started by her. Can't get enough.

  • Devon
    2019-03-18 02:43

    yay!

  • Diraiko Dirito
    2019-03-07 04:41

    Pinga cabron