The Devil's Diadem

The Devil's Diadem

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by Sara Douglass
     
 

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“Sara Douglass has the breadth of vision necessary to create sweeping epics and the storyteller’s gift that makes readers love her.”
Locus

Sara Douglass has already established herself as one of the most original and exciting of today’s bestselling fantasists with her Wayfarer Redemption Trilogy, DarkGlass Mountain

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“Sara Douglass has the breadth of vision necessary to create sweeping epics and the storyteller’s gift that makes readers love her.”
Locus

Sara Douglass has already established herself as one of the most original and exciting of today’s bestselling fantasists with her Wayfarer Redemption Trilogy, DarkGlass Mountain Trilogy, and other magnificent works of epic fantasy. With The Devil’s Diadem, she delivers a richly imaginative stand-alone novel of alternate history, set in a twelfth-century England similar to our own time, in which a virulent plague threatens to annihilate a kingdom—and one unwitting young noblewoman holds the key to salvation. Library Journal puts Douglass’s work, “on a par with with Terry Goodkind and Robert Jordan.” Read The Devil’s Diadem and you will most certainly agree.

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Publishers Weekly
Douglass (The Infinity Gate) immerses the reader in a fully realized medieval world where the supernatural is taken for granted, but her story falls short. Maeb Langtofte inherited a noble name and not much else from her father. Her hopes of a secure future rest on serving as a lady-in-waiting to the house of Pengraic, but her place is imperiled by a devastating plague and Maeb's mutual attraction with the earl's son. Maeb must balance her desires and others' agendas, at the risk of her life and the lives of those she cares for. Unfortunately, the singular heroine gradually becomes a Mary Sue–style caricature: practically every man she encounters falls for her—even her own son praises her sexual attractiveness—and she alone survives an otherwise invariably fatal illness. This regrettable transformation costs the story much of its plausibility and charm. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062094872
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/26/2011
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
278,784
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Sara Douglass was born in Adelaide but moved to Hobart in later life to write full-time. Three of her books won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy and many were shortlisted. She published nineteen books of epic and historical fantasy before her death in 2011.

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The Devil's Diadem 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not new to Douglass--I (unfortunately) read her Dark Glass Mountain series first, but I wish I started with the Wayfarer Redemption so then I could have read everything of hers without knowing what would happen! Anyway, this book certainly did not disappoint and was right on par with what I've already read from her. It was really hard to put this book down. The story will grab a hold of you and you wont want to leave the world Douglass creates in this tale.
SamuelJenkins More than 1 year ago
This book is simply one way of saying there is much MORE to historical fantasy that one meets the eye. The plot is awesome, no corny lines and stuff even if the hero is actually a lady. The characters were well described and very dynamic. A sure way to light up your mood.
AMDonovan More than 1 year ago
High Fantasy and (frustratingly) historically accurate. Don't look for a female lead that overcomes the historically accurate prejudices of the time. Instead we have a main character that does her best to be true to herself and remain a good person in spite of the horrors that occur around her. She survives plague, political intrigue and war while staying loyal to her morals and her family. Maeb always chooses the moral path even while being used as a cats-paw in a battle between the Devil, the King and the Templars. If, against historical accuracy, Maeb had been able to read the whole series of trials and tribulations would have been much easier to resolve. But, then her life would have taken a different route and, as Maeb stated, she did not regret her life after ********spoiler*********. Warning, you have to read all the way to the end for the final answers. Thank you Sara for keeping my interest all the way to the end. © Night Owl Reviews
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In the twelfth century, minor noblewoman Lady Maeb Langtofte feels fortunate that she obtained a position as a Lady-in-Waiting to the kind pious matriarch of the powerful Earldom of Pengraic, Lady Adelie. Maeb likes her caring employer but fears Adelie's secretive spouse. Rumors fly that the continent is trapped in hell's inferno which is affirmed rather quickly when the Black Death Plague sweeps into England. The gossip inside of the House of Pengraic is that victims abruptly combust into flames as the Devil claims their souls. At the same time King Edmond orders his earls to come to London with their armies while his kingdom plunges into demonic chaos. Obeying his Highness' edict, Pengraic leaves behind his frightened household to deal with the plague and a visitor from Hell seeking a stolen treasure. The Devil's Diadem is an entertaining alternate historical fantasy that deploys the Black Death as a supernatural demonic deadly disease. Maeb is an intriguing protagonist who goes from the fearful Perils of Pauline person to a courageous Joan of Arc heroine. Her other metamorphosis from a nonentity mom into a siren no male can resist detracts from an otherwise enjoyable paranormal retelling of the demonic plague. Harriet Klausner