In this fifth and final installment of The Dark Apostle, barber-surgeon-turned-sorcerer Elisha must save plague-stricken England from its path of destructionor risk succumbing to the very dark magic he is trying to eradicate.
Elisha was once a lowly barber-surgeon from the poorest streets of 14th-century London; now, he may be the most powerful magus alive. He faces the necromancers, a shadowy cult of magi who draw their power from fear and murderand who have just unleashed the greatest plague the world has ever known upon a continent already destabilized by wars, assassinations, and religious conflict.
Empires and armies are helpless with no clear enemy to fight. The Church loses its hold upon the faithful as prayers go unanswered. Europe has become a bottomless well of terror and death, from which the necromancers drink deep as the citizens sink into despair. Elisha knows that if there is to be any chance of survival, he must root out the truth of the pestilence at its unexpected source: the great medical school at Salerno. There, Elisha might uncover the knowledge to heal his world.
But as he does, his former mentor, the beautiful witch Brigit, lays her own plans. For there may be one thing upon the face of the planet deadlier than the plague: the unfiltered power of Death within Elisha himself.
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E. C. Ambrose is a fantasy author, history buff, and accidental scholar.
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This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier. Synopsis: Elisha is coming to the end of his journey. He has faced down many necromancers (members of a powerful cabal of magi who draw power from fear and murder). Now they have let loose a devastating plague. Wars, assassinations, religious conflicts, and intrigues have left 14thCentury Europe destabilized. This just might tip it over the edge. The armies of Europe cannot fight this enemy with the weapons they have. The necromancers are drinking deep of this new well of death and despair. Elisha must trace the plague to its ironic origin: the great medical school at Salerno. Here he hopes to untangle the plague and find a way to heal the world. However, the beautiful witch Brigit is laying her own plans. She knows of one thing deadlier than the plague: the concentrated power of death within Elisha himself. Review: This is the fifth and final installment of The Dark Apostle. Elisha, the barber-surgeon-turned-sorcerer, is continuing his quest to save Europe from the ravages of the necromancers. While not a necromancer, he has an affinity for death. Every time he uses his powers, he risks succumbing to the temptations. E. C. Ambrose continues to draw from her knowledge of 14thCentury medical practices. E. C. weaves these into a tale of might and magic. Elisha is stronger now. He has survived what the mancers have thrown at him. The plague sweeping mainland Europe is his greatest test. Elisha must maneuver around powerful forces—political, magical, and religious—to save Europe and protect his homeland, England. E. C. handles the story’s pacing with her usual skill. The physical and magical battles are exciting. The story will keep the reader interested.