He was aware of his hands moving before he had time to even consider where they should go, as if guided by another greater power. Wherever they went there followed a weeping and a pleading from voices quite unlike his, the splintering of limbs, the falling of bodies, then a tight intake of breath and then a slow release as death came.

And lights. Everywhere about him were lights, hanging in the air around him, embracing him, nourishing him with their rays.

And then, as quickly as the brawl had begun, it was over. Tacit picked the Father up off the floor and ushered him away from the lifeless bodies strewn about the courtyard.

Adansoni threw his eyes onto the boy and stared, a look speared somewhere between fear, disbelief and wonder at what his young pupil had done. “You are, Poldek,” Adansoni muttered, his eyes wide on the young man. “You are,” he repeated.

“I am what, Father?”

But Adansoni could, or would, say no more.



Arras, 1914. Sur la ligne de front, le lieutenant Henry Frost donne l’assaut. À sa grande surprise, sa troupe ne rencontre aucune résistance. Dans la tranchée adverse, les soldats allemands ont été tués, leurs corps atrocement déchiquetés. Au même moment, le père Andreas est retrouvé sauvagement assassiné dans la cathédrale. Le Vatican décide d’envoyer l’inquisiteur Poldek Tacit. Sa mission : protéger l’Église de ceux qui cherchent à lui nuire. À n’importe quel prix.



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