Synopses & Reviews
The novel that's taking the U.K. by storm the #2 bestseller behind the book about a certain wizard boy...
Vicar Obadiah Demurral no longer wants to worship God he wants to be God! Obadiah Demurral may be a vicar, but knowing what master he truly serves would come as a shock to the villagers of Thorpe. Craving power and filled with insatiable greed, he has welcomed a darkness into his life that enables him to do terrible things, in the hope of harnessing control over the universe. He will stop at nothing, and as a shadowmancer a sorcerer who speaks to the dead he even commands restless souls to do his bidding.
Who will stand against him? Young Raphah has come from another continent to reclaim the precious artifact dangerously volatile in the wrong hands that Demurral has stolen. Even younger and less experienced in the ways of battle are Thomas and Kate, accidentally drawn into this war between good and evil, this struggle against Demurral that brings them face-to-face with the powers of darkness in an epic battle.
G. P. Taylor takes readers on a breathtaking voyage, full of suspense and danger, where fallen angels and demonic forces come in the night and where the ultimate sacrifice might even be life itself.
"[W]ell written and highly imaginative....Young readers will like its pace, and adults will enjoy its complexity. The author clearly did a good deal of research, and readers will be especially impressed with the attention paid to setting." Elaine J. O'Quinn, VOYA
"[A] dark and weighty morality tale....The twists and turns of the plot take precedence over character development....Still, there are enough surprises to keep readers madly turning the pages." Publishers Weekly
"Loaded down with meditations on inner faith, and diatribes against human society (particularly organized religion), this doesn't quite achieve the cosmic sweep for which the author is plainly reaching but that may come in the sequels." Kirkus Reviews
"The book is rich with detailed descriptions that sometimes threaten to overwhelm the story. There are a number of fantastic creatures warring on the side of evil, but at bottom this is a seriously religious story clothed in the trappings of high fantasy." School Library Journal
"Taylor expertly weaves an accurate 17th century Yorkshire setting with a demonic/angelic struggle into an engaging adventure story....[T]he ongoing plot and battles are intriguing and rather different from typical adolescent fantasy." Amie Rose Rotruck, Children's Literature
This bestselling adventure from the U.K. is the story of a vicar who no longer wants to worship God but be God, and the young boy who must stop his evil plan. Taylor takes readers on a breathtaking voyage where fallen angels and demonic forces come in the night and where the ultimate sacrifice might even be life itself.
Accidentally drawn into a war between good and evil, three young people are brought face to face with the powers of darkness in an epic battle.
#1 New York Times Bestseller!
About the Author
G. P. Taylor has spent the whole of his life searching for the hidden secrets of the universe. He lectures on the paranormal and folklore, and lives in a secluded graveyard. Now Taylor is the Vicar of Cloughton, a village in Yorkshire, which is close to the spooky setting of Whitby, the location of many a devilish tale rich with a spiritual heritage.