By G. P. Taylor

Putnam Juvenile, Hardcover, 9780399242564, 304pp.

Publication Date: April 26, 2004


The novel that's taking the UK by storm-the #2 bestseller behind the book about a certain wizard boy.

Vicar Obadiah Demurral no longer wants to worship God-he wants to be God! Obadiah Demurral may be a vicar, but knowing what master he truly serves would come as a shock to the villagers of Thorpe. Craving power and filled with insatiable greed, he has welcomed a darkness into his life that enables him to do terrible things, in the hope of harnessing control over the universe. He will stop at nothing, and as a shadowmancer-a sorcerer who speaks to the dead-he even commands restless souls to do his bidding.

Who will stand against him? Young Raphah has come from another continent to reclaim the precious artifact-danger-ously volatile in the wrong hands-that Demurral has stolen. Even younger and less experienced in the ways of battle are Thomas and Kate, accidentally drawn into this war between good and evil, this struggle against Demurral that brings them face-to-face with the powers of darkness in an epic battle.

G. P. Taylor takes readers on a breathtaking voyage, full of suspense and danger, where fallen angels and demonic forces come in the night and where the ultimate sacrifice might even be life itself.