This is a companion piece for Yang’s Boxers, concerning a Chinese girl who converts to Catholicism during the Boxer Rebellion. And it is excellent.The story of Saints interweaves with that of Boxers, showing us the same events from different perspectives. Reading both books gives you a decent understanding of the motivations and beliefs on both sides of the conflict.
To be honest, most of the things I said in my review for Boxers applies here. The art is beautiful, the characters likeable and the historical detail seems accurate. Just replace the Chinese gods with Catholic ones – I mean Jesus and Joan of Arc.
I still reckon that both Boxers and Saints belong on a secondary school curriculum somewhere. Get one class to read the former and the other the latter, and then get them to fight it out, debate-style.
I say this book is great. Go read it!