Miserere: An Autumn Tale

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Exiled exorcist Lucian Negru deserted his lover in Hell in exchange for saving his sister Catarina's soul, but Catarina doesn't want salvation. She wants Lucian to help her fulfill her dark covenant with the Fallen Angels by using his power to open the Hell Gates. Catarina intends to lead the Fallen's hordes out of Hell and into the parallel dimension of Woerld, Heaven's frontline of defense between Earth and Hell. When Lucian refuses to help his sister, she imprisons and cripples him, but Lucian learns that ...
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Exiled exorcist Lucian Negru deserted his lover in Hell in exchange for saving his sister Catarina's soul, but Catarina doesn't want salvation. She wants Lucian to help her fulfill her dark covenant with the Fallen Angels by using his power to open the Hell Gates. Catarina intends to lead the Fallen's hordes out of Hell and into the parallel dimension of Woerld, Heaven's frontline of defense between Earth and Hell. When Lucian refuses to help his sister, she imprisons and cripples him, but Lucian learns that Rachael, the lover he betrayed and abandoned in Hell, is dying from a demonic possession. Determined to rescue Rachael from the demon he unleashed on her soul, Lucian flees his sister, but Catarina's wrath isn't so easy to escape!
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Publishers Weekly
Exorcist Lucian Negru condemned his girlfriend Rachael to Hell to save the soul of his sister Catarina, who doesn't want to be saved in the first place and continues to side with evil fallen angels in a war against Heaven. Eventually, after being tortured by his ungrateful sister for years, Lucian escapes and rescues a perky young girl named Lindsay from Hell in penance. Meanwhile, Rachael survives but is partially possessed by a demon—and it's all rather turgid and curiously unaffecting. The book takes place in the battleground between Heaven and Hell—a place called Woerld, presumably because it is full of woe. Woerld is supposedly vast and full of dramatic battles and sieges, but this is overshadowed by the protagonist's personal pain in detail, leaving the setting vague and claustrophobic. While Frohock is a promising first-time author with clean prose and original characters, the story struggles. This is a book for fans of melodramatic grim, dark fantasy, but the average reader will lose patience. (July)
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Exiled from the Order of Katharos for abandoning his lover, Rachael, to the torments of Hell in exchange for the soul of his sister Catarina, former exorcist Lucian Negru receives a second chance at salvation when he rescues a child from Earth who wanders through the Crimson Veil into the parallel realm of Woerld. In order to save young Lindsay's life, however, he must break the compact governing his exile and open a portal into Hell—and that action condemns him to death. Frohock sets her first novel on an alternate Earth, a quasimedieval realm that is aware of the existence of Earth's technology and that serves as a battleground for the war between Heaven and Hell. With richly developed, complex characters and a talent for portraying the horrific nature of evil, the author relates a compelling tale of faith rediscovered, trust regained, and hope reawakened. VERDICT This exceptional dark historical fantasy debut should particularly appeal to fans of medieval fiction, tales of holy warriors, and fantasies that feature strong women characters. The religious aspects, integral to the story without being overwhelming, should interest readers of faith-based fantasy. Recommended for most libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597802895
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 826,950
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Excellent Dark Fantasy

    Miserere is an excellent debut by Teresa Frohock. Lucian is an exiled Katharoi (one of God's chosen warrior) in Woerld, a realm between Hell and Earth, protecting Heaven from being invaded by the Fallen. Lucian betrayed his lover to save his sister, and in turn lost everything, including his freedom. As the tale begins, Lucian has escaped his captors, and rescues a Foundling child from Hell. The two embark on a journey for save haven and, for Lucian, potential redemption. He encounters his former lover, and they are thrown together in a quest to save Lindsay, and their realm. Full of rich descriptions and heartfelt emotion, this novel not only kept me guessing, it kept me deeply invested in the characters. Frohock's writing is literary and lovely, but constantly engaging. If you like dark fantasy with a tinge of horror, this is a great read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2014

    A man sitting, lying and limping for over a decade, carrying sha

    A man sitting, lying and limping for over a decade, carrying shame, guilt and the stench of cowardice every day.  Lucian Negru has become the polar opposite of what he was when he still held good standing at the Citadel. He has betrayed his best friend and love of his life.  Held onto a promise made to his mother on her deathbed to watch over his sister and always keep her safe.  The promise has led to his misery and present predicament. 
    One can make an oath and keep it for all the wrong reasons.  Lucian Negru made a promise to look after and always protect his twin sister Cate.  Little did Lucian know the oath he took would cost him so dearly physically, mentally and almost his soul.  Lucian is an almost broken man who through his own carelessness clinging to an oath made has helped create and enable a monster in his twin sister. The shame, guilt and cowardice that he carries permeates the air it is so strong and this made me have little care for Lucian throughout the book.  Lucian does pull himself up and moves forward and by the end I loathe him a bit less but in all things, proof is in the pudding.  
    The amount of research that Teresa Frohock did for this book is monumental.  The coalescence of the different religious philosophies and sticking to true details of events and not hollywooding them out is astounding.  The world that Mrs. Frohock has built is grounded in sound philosophy of several religions.  The connected realms with gates and veils are a plausible concept in the real world especially if you have read the Book of Enoch. There is not a lot of detail in this area but enough for the reader to grasp the environment and enhance the plot.  
    The characters were well developed.  The psychological makeup of Lucian was spot on for someone who had gone through the things that he had been through.  Trying to uphold honor and misplacing his trust ground him to the point of suicide but never took that particular path. Battle and the emotional scars it leaves stays with one for a lifetime.  Even if you know you did the right thing it still leave a nagging doubt buzzing in your mind that never goes away and you end up having to reason it away on a consistent basis.  The characters from Lucian to Rachel to Catarina to Lindsay are believable and presented with a care to understand little by little who, what and why they are.  This is a great care by Mrs. Frohock.  Not all authors develop their characters this well even if they play a lesser part.  
    The plot moves along well and I found myself consciously not reading through it in a day.  Just to savor the nuances that was tucked in so carefully throughout the book.  At the times I reread chapters just to build the images in my mind to fully explore the various elements that were directly and indirectly in Mrs. Frohock’s prose.   I would definitely recommend this book to any and every one.  It is an adventure that just might end up making you questioning yourself as to what you would have done in Lucian’s situation.  And that answer my friends will reveal a deep part of one’s true self. 

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  • Posted December 31, 2013

    Highly Recommended - An excellent start for promising author

    I really enjoyed the fantasy novel, Miserere. The book contains enough action to keep the reader satisfied but also works quite a bit on character development. The conflicts between the characters felt real. The focus on character development helped to keep the book grounded amidst the fantastical elements presented.

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  • Posted August 8, 2013

    This is one of the most interesting and unique fantasies I've re

    This is one of the most interesting and unique fantasies I've read in ages. It's a redemption story with a lot of cool twists and turns. The characters are totally believable, the settings work well, and I am looking forward to the next one.

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

    Great read!

    Bridges a gap between urban & traditional fantasy. Something for anyone who loves the genre.

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