Of Love and Evil
Of Love and Evil
The Songs of the Seraphim, Book Two
Anchor Books, Paperback, 9781400078967, 205pp.
Publication Date: January 10, 2012
Anne Rice’s magnificent Songs of the Seraphim series continues with another metaphysical adventure full of angels and assassins.
Barely recovered from his previous divine mission, former contract killer Toby O'Dare is once again summoned by the angel Malchiah to investigate the poisoning of a prominent nobleman and stop the haunting of a diabolical dybbuk. Together, they travel back to fifteenth-century Italy—the age of Michelangelo, the Holy Inquisition, and Pope Leo X—and this time Malchiah has Toby pose as a lute player sent to charm and calm this troublesome spirit. But Toby soon discovers that he is in the midst of plots and counterplots, surrounded on all sides by increasingly dangerous threats as the veil of ecclesiastical terror closes in around him.
“Intoxicating. . . . Rice remains at the height of her talent.” —Associated Press
“Rice knows how to tell a story, and this one’s a lot of fun. . . . [Her] knock-your-socks-off cliffhanger ending leaves no doubt that this series has wings.” —People
“A fleet and nuanced theological ghost story.” —The New York Times
“Transcends the metaphysical thriller label through its grounding in historical fact. . . . Simply good entertainment.” —The Boston Globe
“A breath of fresh air. . . . By page two, readers are willing to follow Rice anywhere.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Songs of the Seraphim . . . qualifies [Rice] as one of America’s most dependably surprising storytellers. . . . An absolute bull’s eye.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Amazing. . . . The Songs of the Seraphim series . . . carries all the heart and urgency of [Rice’s] most popular books.” —Bookreporter.com
“Anne Rice at her best. . . . Entertaining.” —Midwest Book Review
“Filled with superb storytelling, vivid imagery and eloquent, thought-provoking conversation.” —The Post and Courier (Charleston, VA)