Songs of the Seraphim Series #2
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
On Sale: November 30, 2010
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“I dreamed a dream of angels. I saw them and heard them
in a great and endless galactic night. I saw the lights that
were these angels, flying here and there, in streaks of
irresistible brilliance . . . I felt love around me in this
vast and seamless realm of sound and light . . . And
something akin to sadness swept me up and mingled my very
essence with the voices who sang, because the voices were
singing of me . . . ”
Thus begins Anne Rice’s lyrical, haunting new novel, a
metaphysical thriller of angels and assassins that once
again summons up dark and dangerous worlds set in times
past. Anne Rice takes us to other realms, this time to the
world of fifteenth-century Rome, a city of domes and rooftop
gardens, rising towers and crosses beneath an ever-shifting
layer of clouds; familiar hills and tall pines . . . of
Michelangelo and Raphael, of the Holy Inquisition and of Leo
X, second son of a Medici, holding forth from the papal
throne . . .
And into this time, into this century, Toby O’Dare, former
government assassin, is summoned by the angel Malchiah to
solve a terrible crime of poisoning and to search out the
truth of a haunting by an earthbound restless spirit—a
O’Dare soon discovers himself in the midst of dark plots and
counterplots surrounded by a darker and more dangerous
threat as the veil of ecclesiastical terror closes in around
As he embarks on a powerful journey of atonement, O’Dare is
reconnected with his own past, with matters light and dark,
fierce and tender, with the promise of salvation and with a
deeper and richer vision of love.
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