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THE DAMNED (Duckworth edition)

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.


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When a Father is brutally murdered in the French city of Arras, Poldek Tacit―a determined and unhinged Inquisitor―arrives on the scene to investigate the crime. His mission: to protect the Church from those who would seek to destroy it, no matter what the cost.

As the Inquisitor strives in vain to establish the truth behind the murder and to uncover the motives of other Vatican servants seeking to undermine him, a beautiful and spirited woman, Sandrine, warns British solider Henry Frost of a mutual foe even more terrible lurking beneath the killing fields–an enemy that answers to no human force and wreaks its havoc by the light of the moon.

Faced with impossible odds and struggling with his own demons, Tacit must battle the forces of evil–and a church determined at all costs to achieve its aims–to reach the heart of dark conspiracy that seeks to engulf the world, plunging it even deeper into conflict.

 

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"THE DAMNED is a truly genre-busting novel, with characters to root for and villains to despise. Highly recommended.”

Matthew Harffy, author of The Bernicia Chronicles

“An incredible feat of imagination but the historical details are clearly also very well researched.”

Katharine Johnson, author of The Silence

"Romance, jealousy, tension and spine-chilling horror that will have you fearing the moon, are all wrapped up in this original and creative plot.”


AC Salter, author of the Evensong series