Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Between Two Fires by Christopher Buehlman


His extraordinary debut, Those Across the River, was hailed as “genre-bending Southern horror” (California Literary Review), “graceful [and] horrific” (Patricia Briggs). Now Christopher Buehlman invites readers into an even darker age—one of temptation and corruption, of war in heaven, and of hell on earth…

And Lucifer said: “Let us rise against Him now in all our numbers, and pull the walls of heaven down…”

The year is 1348. Thomas, a disgraced knight, has found a young girl alone in a dead Norman village. An orphan of the Black Death, and an almost unnerving picture of innocence, she tells Thomas that plague is only part of a larger cataclysm—that the fallen angels under Lucifer are rising in a second war on heaven, and that the world of men has fallen behind the lines of conflict.

Is it delirium or is it faith? She believes she has seen the angels of God. She believes the righteous dead speak to her in dreams. And now she has convinced the faithless Thomas to shepherd her across a depraved landscape to Avignon. There, she tells Thomas, she will fulfill her mission: to confront the evil that has devastated the earth, and to restore to this betrayed, murderous knight the nobility and hope of salvation he long abandoned.

As hell unleashes its wrath, and as the true nature of the girl is revealed, Thomas will find himself on a macabre battleground of angels and demons, saints, and the risen dead, and in the midst of a desperate struggle for nothing less than the soul of man.


I told myself this year that I would stay on top of my reviews.  Once read, post my review.  This book I finished a week ago and for that I am grateful.   As soon as I read the blurb about Between Two Fires I thought I would love it, I mean read the blurb over.  It's got some of  my favorite things, historical fiction, some supernatural stuff, a quest, mystery, danger, how much more could there be in one book?  It is rated on Goodreads with a 4.20 rating and it is just as good on Amazon.  

So what are my thoughts?   Basically I would like to know what I missed, because obviously I am missing something major here.  I didn't like the book, there I said it.  It started out good, I was intrigued and then it went downhill.  It just didn't flow, I couldn't connect to the characters, which I wanted to so badly. Things happened for no rhyme or reason, I actually thought it had a Terry Pratchett feel to it.  I also had the audio for it and listened to the last half thinking it might improve, nope it didn't.

Now that is my opinion, yours might be different.

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