Synopses & Reviews
At the dawn of the Renaissance, a young woman finds herself on the path to great power... but can she control it or will it destroy her?
Nadira has earned her place in the company of adventurers traveling to Istanbul to uncover something the Templar Knights lost 200 years before. She brings with her the knowledge and skills she acquired from reading The Hermetica of Elysium and learns that she is the key the Templars need to unlock their past.
Lord Montrose is impatient with their mission. He is eager to turn his attention to seeking out and punishing his brother’s murderers who sail the Mediterranean hunting heretical manuscripts. While another member of their group, the pious Friar William, is in the throes of doubt as his faith is challenged by what he has seen of Nadira’s growing powers and the mystical elixirs of the alchemists.
For what they want is for Nadira to read and master the powers of the book of Satan’s realm, The Necromancer’s Grimoire.
1494 Barcelona. Thousands of books and manuscripts are lost to the flames as the Black Friars attempt to purge Europe of the ancient secrets of the gods and the bold new ideas that are ushering in the Renaissance. Words are Nadiras life. She is pursued as passionately for her rare skill as a reader of Ancient Greek, Latin, Arabic, and Hebrew, which makes her valuable to men who pursue the Hermetica to exploit its magic. Kidnapped by Baron Montrose, she is forced to read from the Hermetica. Within its pages are the words that incite the Dominicans to religious fervor, give the Templars their power, and reveal the lost mysteries of Elysium. As Nadira begins her transformation from servant to sorceress, will she escape the fires of the Inquisition, the clutches of the Borgia pope, Alexander VI and the French king, Charles VIII? And will Montroses growing fear of her powers cause her to lose her chance for love?
As Torquemada lights the fires of religious fervor throughout the cities of Spain, accused heretics are not the only victims. Thousands of books and manuscripts are lost to the flames as the Black Friars attempt to purge Europe of the ancient secrets of the gods. Nadira lives a dreary life as servant until the night a dying scholar is brought to the merchant’s stable, beaten by mercenaries who are on the hunt for the Hermetica of Elysium. To Nadira, words are her life. She is pursued as passionately as the fabled manuscript for her rare skill as a reader of many languages, which makes her valuable to men who pursue the book to exploit its magic. Kidnapped, she is forced to read from the Hermetica. It is soon revealed to her that ideas and words are more powerful than steel or fire, for within its pages are the words that incite the Dominicans to religious fervor, give the Templars their power, and reveal the lost mysteries of Elysium.
About the Author
Annmarie Banks spent the first twenty years of her professional life as a bookseller specializing in out-of-print and antiquarian books.�She currently resides in the state of Arizona.�