Death of an Adept (Adept Series #5)

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Sir Adam Sinclair, the mystic historian known as the Adept, has emerged victorious from his encounters against the forces of darkness. But now he faces the most unthinkable crime imaginable against his kind: murder.
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Overview

Sir Adam Sinclair, the mystic historian known as the Adept, has emerged victorious from his encounters against the forces of darkness. But now he faces the most unthinkable crime imaginable against his kind: murder.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Pouring old wine into new bottles once again, Kurtz and Harris serve up another vintage dark fantasy in this fifth adventure about reincarnated Adept Adam Sinclair and his efforts to contain ancient occult forces simmering beneath the civilized veneer of contemporary Scotland. Sworn to uphold "a code of spiritual morality which is, itself, a reflection of the Divine Will," Sinclair, Peregrine Lovat and other mystically endowed members of the Hunting Lodge square off against black Adept Francis Raeburn, still licking his wounds after his defeat in Dagger Magic (1995). They also take on the Lodge of the Lynx, a cabal of evildoers determined to channel the demonic energies of Taranis, Lord of Lightning. Kurtz and Harris have become so comfortable with their characters and the details of their lives that they dither leisurely for the first half of the novel, juxtaposing Adam's lengthy preparations for his Stateside wedding to Ximena Lockhart against Raeburn's equally protracted execution of the Druidic rites that will summon terrors from the Outer Darkness. But once Adam returns to Scotland from his American sojourn, the tug-of-war between the armies of light and darkness escalates into a full-blown battle. The secrets of freemasonry, the Knights Templar and Scottish myth are deployed like campaign strategies; psychometry, scrying, astral projection and other armaments in the occult arsenal are unleashed with wild abandon. Although stamped from the same template as the black magic novels Dennis Wheatley wrote a half-century ago, this tale packs thrills that will appeal to discerning modern readers. (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews
First time in hardback for this established contemporary occult series (Dagger Magic, etc.). Edinburgh baronet and psychiatrist Sir Adam Sinclair leads a Hunt Lodge, a sort of white magic police force. While Adam's in America collecting his bride- to-be, Ximena, old foe and black magic Lynx-Master Francis Raeburn takes possession of an ancient Pictish dagger, an implement he hopes to us as a channel for evil psychic energy. All the while Francis is keeping tabs on Adam and company, though the latter only gradually become aware of who and what they're up against. After several skirmishes, Francis uses the dagger to summon the banished spirit of William Lord Soulis, Scotland's wickedest sorcerer; Soulis demands a body to occupy as his price for revealing how to control demons. So Francis snatches Adam while he's distracted by wedding preparations, and a furious showdown ensues.

Rather too much padding, but well-handled occult lore and doings with plenty of local color: Fans of Kurtz's engrossing Deryni series of Harris's solo outings (The Bastard Prince, 1994, etc.) should find it worth a look.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441004843
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Series: Adept Series, #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.24 (d)

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

    When is there going to be a #6?

    I love this series and have been waiting for two years for another book. Please don't drop this story line, it's obvious from the last chapter of #5 that there are still evil doers waiting to be dealt with. Please get busy on the next in the series.

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  • Posted January 28, 2009

    Where is #6?

    I read all five books and I am certain that there is room for at least one more book. The authors left a very clear bit in the last chapter that suggested there was more to come. I will be extremely disappointed if that is not so. This story is amazingly vivid and the characters are very compelling. <BR/><BR/>I intend to read more of the works of these two writers. I am interested to see if I can discern which parts of the ADEPT Series was written by each one. There was certainly a subtle difference in the domestic and romantic scenes and those of the evil perpetrators. Perhaps I am only looking at another facet of these most enjoyable stories to see if I can glimpse the style of each writer in their other works.<BR/><BR/>I will miss Dr. Adam Sinclair and his family if there is to be no more of this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2003

    Totally absorbing

    I have read all 5 books in the Adept Series and hope there are many more to come. My brother turned me on to these books and unfortunately passed away at the age of 28 due to rejection of a heart transplant before the 5th book came out. I hope that these two extremely talented ladies add to this series, my brother will be reading from the great 'BEYOND'. I feel as if I know Sir Adam and the rest of the 'GANG' personally. They are very real and alive to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2002

    ready for more

    This title was an excellent ADDITION to the Adept series. I hope to see more in the future.

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