Who needs post-apocalypse lit when you have 14th-century France during the Black Plague? A dishonored knight, a young girl who claims to see angels and demons, and a priest with a secret travel through a landscape of hysteria, disease, and violence. All the while the War in Heaven begins to manifest on earth. Evocative of place, beautifully written, and genuinely creepy in parts. One of the best books of 2012.
Buehlman slips effortlessly into a different kind of literary sensibility, one that doesn t scrimp on earthy humor and lyrical writing in the face of unspeakable horrors. * The year is 1348. Thomas, a disgraced knight, has found an orphan of the Black Death in a Norman village. An almost unnerving picture of innocence, she tells Thomas that the plague is only part of a larger cataclysm that the fallen angels under Lucifer are rising in a second war on Heaven. But is it delirium or is it faith? She believes she has seen the angels of God. She believes the dead speak to her in dreams. And now she has convinced the faithless Thomas to shepherd her across an apocalyptic landscape to Avignon. There, she tells Thomas, she will fulfill her mission. There her true nature will be revealed. And there Thomas will confront an evil wrestling for the throne of Heaven, and which has poisoned his own soul. *Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Christopher Buehlman is the winner of the 2007 Bridport Prize for Poetry and the author of three novels and several plays. He spends half the year in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the rest on the road.
Praise for Christopher Buehlman
“As much F. Scott Fitzgerald as Dean Koontz.”—Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A writer to watch.”—F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author
“One of the best first novels I’ve ever read.”—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“[He] seduces you with eloquent prose…then clamps down on your jugular.”—Hank Schwaeble, Bram Stoker Award–winning author
“Wonderfully eerie.”—Grant Blackwood, #1 New York Times bestselling author