Just Arrived: “Miserere, An Autumn Tale” by Teresa Frohock
As I’ve said on several occasions now, one of the great things about the internet is that it getting to know fellow authors in the same field—even those on the far side of the world—something I particularly enjoy. Someone I have gotten to know recently via Twitter, SF Signal, FantasyReddit and Abhinav Jain’s “Names: A New Perspective” guest author series, is Teresa Frohock.
Having enjoyed what Teresa has to say in all these fora, naturally I was keen to read her debut novel, Miserere, An Autumn Tale (Nightshade Books, 2011.) So I was delighted when she agreed to a similar author exchange as with Courtney Schafer and Elspeth Cooper. And I am equally keen to read it, especially as it sounds a wee bit different to your bog-standard Fantasy fare.
As usual, the back cover text is immediately below, but if you would like to check out Teresa’s post in the “Names: A New Perspective Series”, it’s here: “A Game of Names.”
From the Back Cover:
“Exiled exorcist Lucian Negru deserted his lover in Hell in exchange for saving his sister Catarina’s soul, but Catarina doesn’t want salvation. She wants Lucian to help her fulfill her dark covenant with the Fallen Angels by using his power to open the Hell Gates. Catarina intends to lead the Fallen’s hordes out of Hell and into the parallel dimension of Woerld, Heaven’s frontline of defense between Earth and Hell.
When Lucian refuses to help his sister, she imprisons and cripples him, but Lucian learns that Rachael, the lover he betrayed and abandoned in Hell, is dying from a demonic possession. Determined to rescue Rachael from the demon he unleashed on her soul, Lucian flees his sister, but Catarina’s wrath isn’t so easy to escape.
In the end, she will force him to once more choose between losing Rachael or opening the Hell Gates so the Fallen’s hordes may overrun Earth, their last obstacle before reaching Heaven’s Gates.”