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Monday, March 5, 2018

Between Two Fires - Christopher Buehlman

In the year 1348 the Black Death is spreading across the countryside. A disgraced knight named Thomas was traveling with a gang of men without incident until they threatened a strange orphan girl with violence. Delphine only proves to be stranger as she tells him of the battle between heaven and the fallen angels. She insists she must travel to Vatican City. Despite his misgivings, Thomas eventually decides to act as her guardian on her journey.

Along the way they see the destruction the Black Death has had not only upon the physical landscape and the people, but also the moral decay that comes with desperation. Eventually, the evil that Thomas sees around him manifests within himself and he must fight it himself.

The first thing I'd warn the reader about is Thomas's creative foul language that goes beyond the typical curses found in most books. This surreal novel captures the horror of the Black Death and the desperation of people living in such dire circumstances. The ending was truly bizarre and even after chewing on it for a while, I'm not sure what to make of it. I enjoyed the journey, but not sure I was satisfied with the ending.

More from the Author:
Those Across the River
The Necromancer's House
The Lesser Dead

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