Anne Rice returns to the mesmerizing storytelling that has captivated readers for more than three decades in a tale of unceasing suspense set in time pasta metaphysical thriller about angels and assassins.
The novel opens in the present. At its center: Toby ODarea contract killer of underground fame on assignment to kill once again. A soulless soul, a dead man walking, he lives under a series of aliasesjust now: Lucky the Foxand takes his orders from The Right Man.
Into ODares nightmarish world of lone and lethal missions comes a mysterious stranger, a seraph, who offers him a chance to save rather than destroy lives. ODare, who long ago dreamed of being a priest but instead came to embody danger and violence, seizes his chance. Now he is carried back through the ages to thirteenth-century England, to dark realms where accusations of ritual murder have been made against Jews, where children suddenly die or disappear... In this primitive setting, ODare begins his perilous quest for salvation, a journey of danger and flight, loyalty and betrayal, selflessness and love.
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"Readers will revel in Rice's colorful recreation of the historical past and in her moving depiction of characters struggling to reconcile matters of the heart with their personal sense of faith." - Publishers Weekly
"While smoothly written and full of Rice's noted descriptive detail, this title may disappoint fans of her wildly popular series about vampires and witches, while Christian readers who know Rice only as a paranormal writer will probably avoid it unless they have read her Jesus novels." - Library Journal
"Time travel, ultraviolence and medieval madness - divine intervention rendered fantastically by Rice...Angelically inspiring. Devilishly clever." - Kirkus Reviews
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Born Howard Allen O'Brien on October 4, 1941 in New Orleans, LA. Anne Rice chose the first name "Anne" as a child. She married Stan Rice in 1961, and their daughter Michele was born in 1966. Sadly Michele died of leukemia at the age of 5.
Anne wrote her first published novel, Interview With A Vampire, in 1973. A son, Christopher, was born in 1978 (now an established author in his own right). After living in Texas and San Francisco, Anne settled in New Orleans. However, after Stan died from a brain tumor she moved to California, where she currently lives.
She has written under three names: her own, Anne Rampling, and A. N. Roquelaure. Under her own name, she has written The Vampire Chronicles series, The Mayfair Witches, the New Tales of the Vampires series, and numerous single novels...
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