On Sale: October 2, 2012
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His extraordinary debut, Those Across the River, was hailed
as â€śgenre-bending Southern horrorâ€ť (California Literary
Review), â€śgraceful [and] horrificâ€ť (Patricia Briggs). Now
Christopher Buehlman invites readers into an even darker
ageâ€”one of temptation and corruption, of war in heaven, and
of hell on earthâ€¦
And Lucifer said: â€śLet us rise against Him now in all our
numbers, and pull the walls of heaven downâ€¦â€ť
The year is 1348. Thomas, a disgraced knight, has found a
young girl alone in a dead Norman village. An orphan of the
Black Death, and an almost unnerving picture of innocence,
she tells Thomas that plague is only part of a larger
cataclysmâ€”that the fallen angels under Lucifer are rising in
a second war on heaven, and that the world of men has fallen
behind the lines of conflict.
Is it delirium or is it faith? She believes she has seen the
angels of God. She believes the righteous dead speak to her
in dreams. And now she has convinced the faithless Thomas to
shepherd her across a depraved landscape to Avignon. There,
she tells Thomas, she will fulfill her mission: to confront
the evil that has devastated the earth, and to restore to
this betrayed, murderous knight the nobility and hope of
salvation he long abandoned.
As hell unleashes its wrath, and as the true nature of the
girl is revealed, Thomas will find himself on a macabre
battleground of angels and demons, saints, and the risen
dead, and in the midst of a desperate struggle for nothing
less than the soul of man.
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