When you think of the word ‘epic,’ this is the book you will think about.
Set in the year 1348, readers come upon a quartet of men walking through a barren world, passing by deserted villages where the Black Plague has wiped out the countryside. Coming upon an abandoned house, the quartet stop to rest. However, there is a soul in their midst, a young waif of a girl with blonde hair and tattered clothes that begs them to help her bury her father
One of the men—the leader, in fact—is a hideous man who wants far more from the child than she’s willing to give, and makes demands. Luckily, there’s also one man in the group who is far more ‘knight in shining armor’ than monster, who stands up and saves the girl’s life. It doesn’t take long for Thomas to wish he hadn’t, considering the fact that she’s now tied to his side, asking question after question, as they travel onward.
The female is a bit odd. She’s beyond calm. Even in the most threatening and gruesome situations, she seems to have her head somewhere else, as if she chooses not to get upset about the scary world around her. All she wants is to go to Paris and then on to Avignon to find items. What she will do after that, she tells Thomas, is still a mystery.
As their journey continues, Thomas goes through everything from wrestling a monstrous snake-like creature to helping desperate people to doing his best to get revenge and save his own soul, as another War begins. Lucifer is about to unleash pain and agony that will make the Black Plague look like a walk in the park, and soon the exhausted knight and a girl whose ‘job’ turns out to be important get caught up in a war of epic proportions.
The author has certainly done his research and tells a tale that will have fans of ‘Heaven versus Hell’ running to the bookstores. On every page there seems to be a ‘new’ battle to fight and, even though at times the scenes run on a little too long, the story is truly illuminating.
Until Next Time, Everybody,