The Black Plague. The Pestilence. Disease and death haunt every town and village across 14th century Europe and none are immune from its evil. Some see the devastation of their world as a sign from God for Man's wickedness.
But Brother Thomas Neville sees this swath of death as something much more. Neville is a man beset by demons. Or is it angels? He has had a visitation from none other than the Archangel Michael, who commands Thomas to a mission. This mission will take Neville across the length and breath of the continent in a desperate bid to find the means to stop the minions of Satan who have found a doorway out of Hell and are preparing to venture forth, to try and seize this world in preparation for an assault on Heaven itself.
As Thomas Neville encounters angels and demons, saints and witches, he comes to realize that the armies of God and Satan are arraying themselves for the final battle...and that his soul is to be the battleground.
The question is, has Neville picked the truly good side?
""Her best book yet...an intricately shaded tale from the black-and-white world of medieval religion.""--Romantic Times Book Club
""With a keen eye for detail and the nuances of medieval Europe, Douglass begins a new multivolume fantasy set on alternate, 14th-century Earth. Filled with the intricate weave of religious and political history that made up an era when church and state were not yet divided, this powerfully written tale belongs in every fantasy collection and has strong appeal for fans of historical fiction.""--Library Journal
""This is an extraordinary novel... meticulously researched for an authentic 14th century atmosphere, not just in terms of aesthetic details, but in terms of the character's beliefs and philosophies of life.""--SFX Magazine
""Douglass has again brilliantly blended detailed research with religion and magic to reinterpret actual historical events.... This captivating historical fantasy ranks with the best in the subgenre.""
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
""Captivatingly written, this first installment of a planned trilogy should win fans of fantasy and historical fiction alike.""