Miserere

Miserere

by Teresa Frohock

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Overview

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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597803229
Publisher: Night Shade Books
Publication date: 07/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 1,031,583
File size: 488 KB

About the Author

Raised in a small town, Teresa Frohock learned to escape to other worlds through the fiction collection of her local library. She eventually moved away from Reidsville and lived in Virginia and South Carolina before returning to North Carolina, where she currently resides with her husband and daughter. Teresa has long been accused of telling stories, which is a southern colloquialism for lying. Miserere: An Autumn Tale is her debut novel.

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Miserere: An Autumn Tale 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
KinDallas More than 1 year ago
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.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got an advanced reading copy of this book through Netgalley(dot)com. It was an interesting book and a solid fantasy, but I was a bit confused about what age group this book is aimed at. I had trouble relating to the characters, but enjoyed the fascinating world and magic. I am not sure if there will be a sequel to this book; it stands alone well but there is room for future adventures too.The Woerld is a plane of existence between Earth and Hell where the inhabitants fight back denizens of Hell to protect humanity on Earth. In the Woerld Lucian has been suffering under the evil rule of his sister Catarina. Years ago he abandoned his lover Rachael in hell to save Catarina and he has been paying for it since. As Lucian flees Catarina's fortress he runs into a foundling named Lindsay who has fallen through a Hell Gate from our world. Lucian goes against his vows (to never open a Hell Gate) to rescue Lindsay, but alerts the authorities when he does so. Meanwhile Lucian's ex-lover Rachael has been struggling for her soul against the demon Wyrm who is fighting to possess her. Rachael is tasked with finding Lucian to bring him back to the authorities. What unravels is an evil plot that may force the Woerld to succumb to Hell; the ultimate question is can Rachael and Lucian stop Catarina?This book weaves an interesting and complex story and builds a unique world. I loved the idea of a plane between Earth and Hell where beings struggle to protect humanity. The description in the book is well done and the characters are intriguing. The plot is masterfully woven and moves along at a good pace.The thing I had the most trouble with were the characters; I had trouble relating too or liking any of them. It left me a bit confused about what age group this book is aimed at. Lindsay is a pre-teen, yet there is too much torture, violence and sex for this to be a middle grade or YA book. Rachael and Lucian appear to be older, in their forties or fifties maybe? Their older age and frame of mind made it harder to relate with them as characters either. The other thing I didn't like about this book is the inconsistency of tone throughout. Lucien fights with prayer, so when Lucien is in the story it has a heavy Christian flavor to it...there is lots of praying and talking about God as the savior and chooser of fates. The portions with Catarina are opposite, there is lots of torture and deprivation. So at times this book was a bit too Christian for me and at other times it was a bit too yucky. I know that sounds strange, but it was strange and I just had trouble deciding where this book fit.Overall this was a decent fantasy read. The world is very well done and the characters are intriguing. The plot moves at a good clip and is complex but not confusing. I had trouble relating to the characters and had trouble deciding what age group as well as genre this book was really aimed at. Although everything about this book was pretty well done; the vacillation between heavy Christianity and uber evil torture scenes made it something, that for me, wasn't really a joy to read. Because of this I probably won't read any sequels to this book.
Bibliotropic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There's something I want to get out of the way here: I almost didn't read this book past the first chapter. It started out seeming like a big mess, like the author didn't know if she wanted to create a fantasy world or an alternate earth. Real-world mythology and religion (or rather, religious organizations all co-existing peacefully without any mention of actual religion) existing side-by-side with magic, fictional places mentioned alongside real places. It felt like a mess, like the author was perhaps banking on nobody having ever heard of an angel named Mastema or a place called Walachia, instead just hoping they'll consider it all a part of the fantasy.Then chapter 2 hits, and you realize, with a jump to the modern real world, that things aren't actually as messed up as they seem, at least not when it comes to the world that the novel takes place in. It's revealed that there are layers of reality, worlds in addition to our own, and that the veil between then sometimes gets thin enough to allow people to pass through from one world to the next. Not an original concept, I'll grant you, but it did explain why mentions of real and fake places went hand in hand. There was a method to the madness, and it renewed my faith in the novel and made me want to keep reading.Heavy with Judeo-Christian-Islamic mythology but still inclusive of any other belief system you can think of, Miserere takes place in Woerld, the plane of reality that's one step closer to Hell than we are. The real action takes place around Lucian, who escapes the clutches of his power-hungry sister Catarina, the woman who's working with a Fallen Angel to acquire yet more power and to take over Woerld. After his escape he meets Lindsay, a young girl who passed through the veil from our world into Woerld and who has become, in an instant, his protege. But Catarina's not the only one looking to bring Lucian back. The forces of God, believing Lucian to be a criminal in exhile, are after him too. But conspiracy runs deep, and even those who claim to follow the light may have a sinister purpose.What started off so chaotically ended up making a lot of sense by the end, and the story had a great deal of depth to it that isn't always easy to come by when you're essentially saying that God, Heaven, and Hell are real. Miserere was far from bible-thumping; it had quite a good message of inclusion, acceptance, and tolerance for the fact that even when people pray to different gods they're still essentially praying to the same powers of goodness and light. Frohock plays with mythology in a wonderful and compelling way that makes you desperate to keep turning pages. The characters are richly detailed, well defined and interesting, and even though you've got adversaries who are working for the forces of evil, they remain three-dimensional and don't simply become caricatures.Frohock's got some real talent here, and I was very impressed to find that this was her debut novel. This is normally the kind of quality you get from people who've been around the block a few times, so to speak. If this is Frohock's starting point, then I'm very excited to see what she's going to do next.When all is said and done, the real reason this book lost points with me is because of the beginning. First impressions are important, and I know I can't expect everything to be revealed within the first ten pages, but it sat so wrongly with me until I forced my way through what seemed like a poor and unpolished opening that I can't help but have that impression colour my final review. I can only caution others to not be so thrown off when they read it. But in spite of a shaky start, the book turned out so much better than I thought it was going to, and this is one I can definitely recommend to those who enjoy a little world-crossing in their fantasy novels.
Book0_0Wyrm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Miserere" by Teresa Frohock was a wonderful adventure into the Woerld between heaven and earth. Normally, I would not have chosen a book that is labeled as being horror, but I was pleasently surprised by the way Frohock masterfully weaves together elements of good and evil, shocking you with scenes of blood and gore and then giving the reader back the sense of hope they almost lost within the scene. Lucian and Rachel's faith rooted the reader back to solid ground in a place where it seems there may be none. I also enjoyed the fact that, although the hopeless romantic within me wanted to scream and put the book down, that Rachel was not the typical wispy woman who takes back the man who betrayed her in the worst way. Because of this element of reality weaved in a book that lies outside the realm of what we would not normally think possible, her characters are strong and believable. I enjoyed the book very much and will be looking for works by Teresa Frohock (perhaps a sequel to Miserere?) in the future.
Beester More than 1 year ago
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. 
Alceste007 More than 1 year ago
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.
AdrianneM More than 1 year ago
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.
Sue_Smiles More than 1 year ago
Bridges a gap between urban & traditional fantasy. Something for anyone who loves the genre.
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