Buehlman slips effortlessly into a different kind of literary sensibility, one that doesn t scrimp on earthy humor and lyrical writing in the face of unspeakable horrors. * The year is 1348. Thomas, a disgraced knight, has found an orphan of the Black Death in a Norman village. An almost unnerving picture of incence, she tells Thomas that the plague is only part of a larger cataclysm that the fallen angels under Lucifer are rising in a second war on Heaven. But is it delirium or is it faith? She believes she has seen the angels of God. She believes the dead speak to her in dreams. And w she has convinced the faithless Thomas to shepherd her across an apocalyptic landscape to Avign. There, she tells Thomas, she will fulfill her mission. There her true nature will be revealed. And there Thomas will confront an evil wrestling for the throne of Heaven, and which has poisoned his own soul. *Kirkus Reviews
Christopher Buehlman is the winner of the 2007 Bridport Prize for Poetry and the author of three novels and several plays. He spends half the year in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the rest on the road.