The Wounded Hawk

The Wounded Hawk

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Baker & Taylor
As Europe slowly recovers from the black plague, neurotic warrior-priest Thomas Neville discovers that shape-shifting minions of the Devil are working to bring back the plague and invoke war throughout the continent, rendering Neville unsure of whom he can trust. By the author of The Nameless Day. 40,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
The Middle Ages. Finally, the Black Plague has passed and for a while it seems evil has been defeated. Europe recovers; prosperity returns, trade resumes, and people slowly recover from the effects of the plague. Then, just as the Church relaxes its guard, war spreads across Europe. Widespread heresies challenge the authority of the Church. Revolts and rebellions threaten to topple the established monarchies and overturn the social order of Europe. And then the plague returns, worse than ever.

Thomas Neville, a neurotic warrior-priest, eventually discovers the cause. The minions of the Devil have been scattered throughout European society during the confusion of the Black Death. His task is to discover the identities of these shapeshifters so that the Church can move against them, but it is a dangerous task. These are master shapeshifters, perfect at their craft, and Neville can never be certain of who he should trust.


Blackwell North Amer
According to the ancient pagan calendar of Europe, the Nameless Day is the one day of the year when the veil is thinnest between our world and the world of the spirits. In the Year of Our Lord 1377, the Black Plague is sweeping the continent, and Brother Thomas Neville has started seeing demons - or are they angels?
They tell him that the world is in more danger than ever before. Not only are the worlds touching, but minions of the Devil have crossed over and scattered throughout Europe, assuming human form. Their goal is to crash the very gates of Heaven.
It is Neville's task to seek out these demons and thwart their plan. He has made his way back across Europe to his home in England to seek the ancient book of knowledge that holds the secrets to defeat the demons. On his journey he has been forced to abandon his vows to the Church to further his cause, and has returned to his secular roots as a young nobleman.
In doing so, his life is caught up with his childhood friend Henry Bolingbroke, the fair young Prince Hal, newly crowned Richard II, who Neville suspects is in league with the Devil, and also with fair young Margaret, the enigmatic woman whom he takes to wife - not out of love, but as a means to discover if she is one of those who would destroy mankind.
It is Neville's task to discover the secrets of Heaven, but in doing so, what he discovers is that he can trust no one.
Least of all himself.

Baker
& Taylor

As Europe slowly recovers from the black plague, neurotic warrior-priest Thomas Neville discovers that shape-shifting minions of the Devil are working to bring back the plague and invoke war throughout the continent.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2005
ISBN: 9780765303639
0765303639
Branch Call Number: DOU
Characteristics: 494 p. ; 25 cm

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SB2000 May 15, 2011

The second installment in Sara Douglass's "Crucible" trilogy. This continues directly on from where the first left off.

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CherylYank
Nov 03, 2010

* Crucible - bk. 2.

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ryner
Aug 07, 2006

In this second book in her Crucible series, Sara Douglass continues her tale of a slightly alternate reality in 14th-century Europe in which Thomas Neville has been told that the fate of Christendom rests on his success in disrupting the plans of demons infiltrating the ranks of European courts. As times passes, however, the distinction between good and evil becomes ever hazier. The books are much more focused on history than on religion, and this is a fascinating period in European history. I should also say that all of the books in this series have fantastic cover art.

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