By Ari Marmell
(Pyr, Hardcover, 9781616146214, 281pp.)
Publication Date: June 26, 2012
Categories: Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
The Church is finally lifting its interdictions and the city has begun to recover, but much of the populace-angry at the clergy-has turned away from the Church hierarchy, choosing private worship or small, independent shrines. And the new bishop, concerned for his new position and angry at the people of Davillon, plans to do something about it. Through a combination of trickery and real magic, the bishop fakes the appearance of a supernatural threat, stalking the nighttime streets-something just frightening and just unnatural enough that it should drive the people to turn back to the Church for protection. It's a hoax that might have worked, had it not provided cover for a true creature of the other world to infiltrate the seedier streets of Davillon, to intertwine its tendrils through the lower echelons of society. Davillon faces not only a new political upheaval if the truth comes out, but a true supernatural threat to its citizenry. The local representatives of the Church are paralyzed by infighting and their own complicity. The Guard are in over their heads.
The author of The Goblin Corps and the Widdershins Adventures series, Ari Marmell has also worked as an author of role-playing- game materials for games such as Dungeons & Dragons and the World of Darkness line. Born in New York, Ari lives in Texas with his wife, George; two cats; and a variety of neuroses. Visit him online at http://mouseferatu.com and on Twitter @mouseferatu. Visit his Widdershins page at www.facebook/Madeleine.Valois.
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"[T]he plot is relentless and the characters likable. . . . [A] classic adolescent journey. For teens already reading adult fantasy but wanting something a bit more on their level, this hits the spot perfectly."
"I wouldn't be surprised if exciting new fantasy authors were one day compared to Ari Marmell."
-Fantasy Book Critic
"Marmell has a clever sense of humor."