The Saint by Tiffany Reisz – Book Review
Georgie Porgie has nothing on Tiffany Reisz. She kisses your mind from afar, fucks with your emotions, makes you cry, and what do we do? We thank her profusely for the entire experience, of course.
The Saint is the first book in the prequel section (White Years) of the Original Sinners series, popular and bestselling novels by Tiffany Reisz. It is, however, the 5th book in the entire Original Sinners series (the first four books are the Red Years). Do not start reading The Saint if you have not read the other books, the Original Sinners series needs to be (I reiterate; must) be read in the right order. You will be doing yourself (and Tiffany) a disservice if you read them in the wrong order.
The correct order (click through for my reviews) is:
Now we have that out of the way, I can begin.
In The Saint we learn a lot more about Nora than we had ever previously touched upon in the other books. It’s mainly told in retrospect, so we meet 15 year old Nora and 29 year old Soren as well as the full, hilarious and disturbing details of their meeting and consequential relationship.
We also meet with Nico, who is the son of one of the major characters in the entire series.
The book opens with the weighty sadness of Nora. We’re not entirely sure why, and I, like many others, will jump to what is essentially the wrong conclusion. A horrifying, nerve-wracking conclusion. Just one of many mind fucks Tiffany pulls in this book. Once the mind fucks are revealed, I can almost hear her wicked cackle in the distance. Evil lady.
Nothing is as it seems. Nico turns up and is both the comfort for Nora, as well as a convenient audience for the entire retelling of her youth and ‘everything Soren’. I found this rather appropriate due to an aspect of the book where Nora found talking to an empty room quite therapeutic, and wished that next time she had a gagged, captive audience to whom she would relish spilling her heart.
I must admit that I am not overly impressed with Nico, he hasn’t captured my heart in the way Nora, Soren and Kingsley have. Nico feels almost like a necessary component, the audience for the story to be told. He’s neatly tied into the story (pun unintended) by becoming something else to Nora before the book is out, but I won’t ruin that enlightening chapter. I just don’t know him well enough (yet) to fall in love with him as I have done the three characters I’ve already mentioned.
Once again I have been stunned by the level of academic research or simply background knowledge that this book has as a comfortable backdrop. There’s theological debate, biblical quotations in great detail, philosophy and a damn good helping of literary assessment and dissection. From Robert Frost to Milton and of course, Shakespeare. As an English Lit student I’d be in love just with this aspect of the book, never mind the rampant and hardcore BDSM and sex.
I don’t want to give spoilers for this book, so I will satisfy myself (if not my review readers) with my emotive summation.
I simply cannot believe that these people aren’t real. It’s like reading a historical journal of events that have actually happened. Tiffany Reisz takes concentrated, flavourful characters and unbelievable acts and makes them believable. Makes them a part of our real memory, and wished into reality.
The soft and sweet scenes with Nico were tender, so if that’s your cup of tea you will adore those well written, cliché avoiding sex scenes. I’m pretty intense, and I much prefer Soren. I don’t recall ever crying with such happy emotion at such brutal acts of pain and cruelty as I have with the scenes between Nora and Soren. They are overwhelming, shocking and tear my heart into strips, but I offer it up as willingly as Nora does her body (heart and soul etc) to her priest.
I have two confessions to make:
1) I have won awards for my writing but I read this book and was left with the feeling that everything I’d ever written was on par with a 3 year old’s.
2) Since reading the Original Sinners books by Tiffany Reisz I haven’t finished another erotic book. They’re just not the same.
The Original Sinners books are the Doxy Wand of my reading collection. It’s my guaranteed literotica orgasm. I’m actually nervous starting a Tiffany Reisz book because I know I may as well not exist to the world until I have flown through it, feasting on the contents and finishing with as much hunger for more as when I started.
In case you can’t tell, I loved The Saint. If you’ve read the rest of the Original Sinners, you’ll already know what an unmissable book this is and I’d be surprised if you didn’t pre-order it and have it delivered to your doorstep on the day of release. You don’t even need to read this review, you’re just looking for spoilers, aren’t you? Admit it.
If you’ve not read any of Tiffany Reisz’s books – you’re missing out. I don’t know what else I can say to persuade you. This is my genuine ‘feels’ and my unbiased opinion. Start at The Siren and carry on. If you’ve any sense, you’ll buy as many of the series as you can because I am telling you, once you finish one book, you ache to hold and read the next. You’ve been warned.
A final note, ‘Reisz’ is pronounced to rhyme with ‘rice’, not ‘reece’.
Oh by the way, you should always read Tiffany Reisz’s books naked. It’s the law.
— Tiffany Reisz (@tiffanyreisz) May 26, 2014
– Cara Sutra