A young nun is found violated and murdered, while the brother and sister she was escorting have disappeared. A mysterious forest ranger dedicates himself to rescuing the children, while ... See full summary »

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A young nun is found violated and murdered, while the brother and sister she was escorting have disappeared. A mysterious forest ranger dedicates himself to rescuing the children, while Brother Oswin blames himself for Sister Hilaria's death. Cadfael must identify the killer and do what he can to aid in the children's rescue. Written by mama.sylvia

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Cadfael's soup disappears as soon as it is placed on the table (at about 9 mins) See more »

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[first lines]
Sister Hilaria: I can't go on, Brother Oswin.
Brother Oswin: You can. You must. Here, take my cloak, Sister Hilaria.
[they struggle on through the storm]
Brother Oswin: Praise God! Look, Sister, look. Shelter.
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a delight to watch
11 April 2012 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Cadfael is always good value, but this episode is a delight. Brother Cadfael's novice is found injured and a young nun in his company, and two orphan children, missing. The nun is discovered dead, and the novice is the prime suspect. There is a twist in the identity of a wandering visitor from the East, and a surprise for Cadfael.

The special effects are up to the highest standards in the series, and the writing is good and the emotion raw and poignant. One feels for Cadfael and the others in this episode in a way which one might not have done in other episodes. One or two details of the story might not be entirely realistic from an historical perspective, but the atmosphere is wonderfully evocative.


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