“Crystal-clear descriptive language … Ms. Fenech has recreated the compelling world of the Montesa family of Malta and the Knights of St. John as though she time-travelled back to the sixteenth century to do her research. An impressive debut!”
— Karen Connelly, author of The Lizard Cage
"I believed every minute of it."
— Carol Rasmussen, former book review editor at Library Journal
"Eight Pointed Cross has all the ingredients that I consider importan in a novel: a gripping plot, engaging, believable characters, stunning description, violence, love, sex, remarkable psychological insight, historical detail… The first English literary critic, Sir Phillip Sidney, wrote that the purpose of literature was to teach and to delight. I learned much from Eight Pointed Cross. And the internal struggles of characters such as Augustine and Franco lend depth and substance to the characterization. A more recent literary giant, William Faulkner, in his speech upon receiving the Nobel Prize for literature in 1950, opined that the only thing worth writing about is the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself. You, Ms. Fenech, have passed both of these tests with flying colours."
— John Heighton, reader for the Porcupine's Quill
"A truy enjoyable read. Intimately accurate to the period. This book shows a deep level of research and is truly absorbing. Especially pleasant since it shows the common people's experiences and their relationship with their conquerors in the build up to a large scale event which is the Great Seige of Malta! I find myself eagerly waiting for a sequel!! Well Done."
— Franco Davies
"The author’s exquisite writing is absolutely captivating from start to finish. I simply cannot wait until Marthese pens her next masterpiece because this story truly stole my heart away! Eight Pointed Cross is an extraordinary book so be sure to check it out - you won’t be disappointed!"
— Julie Danaylo