In a world where angels, demons, and gods fight over the possession of mortal souls, two conflicted pawns are ensnared in a cruel game. The enigmatic seer Estella finds herself thrown together with Count Mikhail, a dogmatic Templar dedicated to subjugating her kind. But when a corrupted cardinal and puppet king begin a systematic genocide of her people, the two become unlikely allies. Taking humanity back to their primordial beliefs and fears, Estella confronts Mikhail’s faith by revealing the true horror of the lucrative trade in human souls. All organized religions are shops orchestrated to consume mankind. Every deity, religion, and spiritual guide has been corrupted, and each claims to have the monopoly on truth and salvation.
In a perilous game where the truth is distorted and meddling ancient deities converge to partake of the unseen battle, Estella unwittingly finds herself hunted by Lucifer. Traversing the edge of hell’s precipice, Estella and Mikhail are reduced to mere instruments. Their only means to overcome is through courting the Threefold Death, the ancient ritual of apotheosisof man becoming God.The Shadow Crucibleis a gripping epic set in medieval England where the struggle for redemption is crushed by the powers of evil. Tamara Lakomy is a new and compelling voice in the world of dark fantasy.
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About the Author
T. M. Lakomy: Tamara (T.M.) Lakomy is a British born archaeologist of Polish and Tunisian origin, who grew up in North Africa during troubled times. She specialises in the occult shamanistic practices of indigenous peoples seeking to find a salient thread connecting all people beyond religion. She also runs a foundation operating in East Africa that specialises in heritage protection, women’s rights, and education.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Intriguing - fascinating - different: to anything I have ever read Intelligent world building with characters that trace an unexpected arc in their journeys through an unexpected medieval landscape. The style of this book is very different and takes you on a journey of discovery. The character Estella’s struggle in the cruel game of the blind god against humanity, is the first time I have seen the gnostic texts so cleverly translated into an engaging narrative. The undertones of the goddess movement are striking, and the brave onslaught against blind religious dogma is captured in the twists and turns of this epic journey. There is a suicidal undertone to some of the characters which unsettled me, and the mixture of many different belief systems was challenging in its breadth. However for those who have read esoteric texts, the substance of the spiritual undertones is deep and evocative, what some would perceive as a mish mash the more learned will see as a congruent thread that interweaves the belief systems of old with one overarching game which humanity is caught in. This is the core of the book and the central narrative in which the characters are caught. I have long searched for a work of fiction that bridges the esoteric, the deities of old and the archaeological controversies of religion’s prehistory into an epic fantasy. Delivered. The last chapter floored me, literally. The controversy of the threefold death is as great a challenge to modern Christianity as the enigma in the Da Vinci Code of Christ’s bloodline. Were it not for the fact that this were based on the renowned Mircea Eliade’s books on rites and initiation, I would have dismissed it, but these are the treasures of archaeology that have long been held at bay by the traditional narrative. This chapter alone is worth the entire book. ----------------- Addition: I have now read it a second time to revisit the philosophical complexity, reading T.M. Lakomy's biography in her blog made me want to go back to the novel, there is a real sense of authenticity in her life experiences that she has sought to translate into the lead character Estella.