Miserere

Miserere

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by Teresa Frohock
     
 

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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,… See more details below

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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)
Library Journal
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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ISBN-13:
9781597803229
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
07/01/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
350
Sales rank:
1,017,181
File size:
0 MB

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