Servant of the Bones

Servant of the Bones

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by Anne Rice
     
 

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In a new and major novel, the creator of fantastic universes o vampires and witches takes us now into the world of Isaiah and Jeremiah, and the destruction of Solomon's Temple, to tell the story of Azriel, Servant of the Bones.

He is ghost, genii, demon, angel--pure spirit made visible. He pours his heart out to us as he journeys from an ancient Babylon of royal

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In a new and major novel, the creator of fantastic universes o vampires and witches takes us now into the world of Isaiah and Jeremiah, and the destruction of Solomon's Temple, to tell the story of Azriel, Servant of the Bones.

He is ghost, genii, demon, angel--pure spirit made visible. He pours his heart out to us as he journeys from an ancient Babylon of royal plottings and religious upheavals to Europe of the Black Death and on to the modern world. There he finds himself, amidst the towers of Manhattan, in confrontation with his own human origins and the dark forces that have sought to condemn him to a life of evil and destruction.

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Library Journal
Rice's works (e.g., Memnoch the Devil, Audio Reviews, LJ 10/1/95) have ascended to the best sellers lists, and this one is no different. As usual, her central character, a human being in the ancient world, has been made immortal by ancient magic. Yet immortality has its limits. In this case, Aziel, a Jewish boy in Babylonian exile, is sacrificed in a ceremony that houses his living spirit in gold-plated bones. He can be summoned to do his master's bidding, however. Soon, Aziel is called forth by a cult leader as the second millennium approaches. Aziel hates his evoker's aims and realizes that he has free will and powers that he has never tested. Can he save the world from destruction and spiritual bondage?...For most popular collections. James Dudley, Copiague, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345389411
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/06/1998
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
374,930
Product dimensions:
4.15(w) x 6.85(h) x 0.94(d)

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This is Azriel's tale as he told it to me, as he begged me to hear witness and to record his words. Call me Jonathan as he did. That was the name he chose on the night he appeared in my open door and saved my life.

Surely if he hadn't come to seek a scribe, I would have died before morning.

Let me explain that I am well known in the fields of history, archaeology, Sumerian scholarship. And Jonathan is indeed one of the names given me at birth, but you won't find it on the jackets of my books, which the students study because they must, or because they love the mysteries of ancient lore as much as I do.

Azriel knew this--the scholar, the teacher I was--when he came to me.

Jonathan was a private name for me that we agreed upon together. He had plucked it from the string of three names on the copyright pages of my books. And I had answered to it. It became my name for him during all those hours as he told his tale--a tale I would never publish under my regular professional name, knowing full well, as he did, that this story would never be accepted alongside my histories.

So I am Jonathan; I am the scribe; I tell the tale as Azriel told it. It doesn't really matter to him what name I use with you. It only mattered that one person wrote down what he had to say. The book of Azriel was dictated to Jonathan.

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