Between Two Fires

Between Two Fires

by Christopher Buehlman
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Between Two Fires 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
LN_Adcox More than 1 year ago
A MASTERPIECE This book is fantastic, amazing and masterful. I knew it would be a favorite before I was half way through it, yet it isn’t for everyone. Some may be offended by the profanity of a low born knight and the indecency of evil. Selecting a genre beyond fantasy is elusive as it has elements of horror, thriller, and historical fiction. What it doesn’t have is a boring chapter. The setting is France, particularly the Midi, in 1348 amid the horrors of plague, famine, brigandry and the forces of evil. The masterly woven plot involves a quest by a young orphan of the plague, a lordless, excommunicate, landless knight turned brigand, and a carnal priest who is overly fond of wine. The camaraderie between these protagonists is often hilarious and sometimes touching. This book touches on a multitude of concepts to include the nature of good and evil, sin, and forgiveness. I can’t think of another book with which to compare it. Perhaps if Joe Abercrombie or Mark Lawrence or Glen Cook, Preston and Lincoln, James Rollins, and Michael Crichton had collaborated, they would have come up with something like this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This wonderful book by Christopher Buehlman is part fairy tale, part fantasy, part horror and part historical fiction. These individual parts blend to create a fulfilling whole in his Cantebury-an story of a fallen knight and spiritually lost priest who journey across France during the plague-ridden middle ages with an orphaned girl who's either an exceptionally special individual, a weird witch, or a gift (literally) from the heavens. The emotional plot and backdrop is a beautifully diverse french countryside, absolutely decimated, both mentally and physically, by the Black Death. Humanity has been abused and tortured so completely and without relief that the very reasonable question of "is there a god, and if so, why is this allowed to happen?" rests on the lips of all but a few of the most hearty of souls. The three travel across France to follow the girl's very singular vision that she must get to Avignon, seat of the Pope during the years the papacy was moved from Rome. Their travels provide Buehleman the momentum and opportunity to build his narrative through flashback-propelled backstory. They also face trials that range from the supernatural and celestial to the physical and emotional, which build the plot, relationships, and put flesh on the bone of each character. Redemption and renewal, faith and love are all key themes throughout "Two Fires". The struggles that orbit these themes are not always obvious, and while sometimes dealt with metaphysically, they're often enlarged, and as real as any armored first to the jaw. A beautiful, horrible and significant battle scene brings their journey to Avignon to an end: good v. evil, demon v. angel, dark v. light. Buehlman paints this scene with audacious characterizations of demons, and brightly colorful descriptions of angels. Within the context of the larger journey of discovery, the scene is realistic, and affecting. Imagine a demon transformer made from the remains of the dead; imagine something more than your typical Hollywood ending. I intensely enjoyed "Between Two Fires". The story is built uniquely, and falls just outside of any easily characterized genre. It crosses categories and does so successfully. The historical details are rich and authentic, the plot is thouroughly developed and tautly paced, and the characters evoke understanding and empathy. Epic, emotional, and exciting - I strongly recommend "Between Two Fires".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I decided to read this book because I loved Those Across the River and this book was every bit as good, if not better. There is not one dull moment in this story filled with action, horror, lust, redemtion, while occasionally punctuated by parts that are genuinely funny. I was sad to finish it!
Austin_Zook More than 1 year ago
I decided to pick this book up after giving the summary on the dust jacket a brief once-over and being intrigued by the premise. I'm passionate about this time period in history -- the plague is something I find infinitely interesting -- and I'm a sucker for well-written fiction, although suspense/horror have never really been my cup of tea. After this novel, I may give them another chance, especially if Buehlman is the author. It's got a lightning pace, is genuinely frightening -- it doesn't just scare you in the moment, some of the descriptions will haunt you as you attempt to fall asleep. There's a section where statues are being possessed and stalking Paris at night that gave me trouble being by myself earlier this evening. Interesting take on the plague, this horror novel with elements of fantasy, historical, and religious genres thrown in is definitely worth the money you pay for it and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a wild ride through medieval Europe, a good fright, or an all around good time.
Anonymous 13 days ago
Unique and compelling and refreshing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am absolutely in LOVE with this book! I've actually had the pleasure of meeting this fine author in person and I am so so glad he was able to recommend his book to me. I haven't read anything like this before, and I have read a lot! It captured my attention and I could barely stand to put the book down. There was no part of this novel that I found boring and it had so many different aspects, it is a melting pot of emotions. I couldn't recommend anything better!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read. The battle between good and evil, and the portrayal of human nature all squeezed in rhis book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from start to finish! Loved the characters, their adventures, their attitudes and the ending was perfect!! Highly Recommend!! <3
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