Wednesday, August 6, 2014

“The Scourge: Emaculum” and Other Tidings from the Historical Fantasy World

This has been a great summer for historical fantasy fiction. Yesterday, author Roberto Calas released The Scourge: Emaculum, the third and final volume of his Scourge trilogy, which reimagines a medieval plague like the Black Death as a zombie apocalypse. I really enjoyed the first two books in the series (which I reviewed here and here) and am looking forward to seeing how the journey of Sir Edward Dallingridge will end. Here’s a cool image of the book’s cover, as well as its description on Amazon.

The last mile is always the longest.
The Scourge: Emaculum is the haunting conclusion to the Scourge trilogy. Sir Edward Dallingridge’s wife, the Lady Elizabeth, waits, once more, in St. Edmund’s Abbey. And to reach her, Edward must battle a king and save a queen, break an oath and make another. He must destroy a legion of demons and take up God’s banner as two armies threaten to tear England apart.
The Red Plague that has swept England continues to burn through the populace, and the feudal hierarchy collapses. With every life he takes, Edward’s soul blackens a shade, and only his lost love can save him from his sins. But he must reach her first. And his greatest enemies are not the savage plaguers wandering the villages of his kingdom, but the men and women who have avoided the affliction.
Where is King Richard?
Where are England’s armies?
Can the Red Plague be cured?
Edward will unravel each of these mysteries . . . but the answers may not please him.
Roberto is running a launch party for the novel on Facebook today, which you can join here. And you can buy the novel right now on Kindle here.
Earlier this summer, author D.B. Jackson released the third volume in his Thieftaker Chronicles titled A Plunder of Souls. The series is set in Eighteenth Century Boston and his books feature some of the most beautiful cover art around. The first book in the series, Thieftaker, remains on my summer reading list, and I’m about to tackle it next right after I finish The Raven’s Banquet by Clifford Beal.
Speaking of The Raven’s Banquet, I am very much enjoying the prequel to Beal’s historical fantasy novel Gideon’s Angel (you can read my review of that one here). I should be posting my review of The Raven’s Banquet later this month.
In the world of television, Starz is about to launch Outlander, based on the historical fantasy novels by Diana Gabaldon. The show premiers on August 9 and hopefully will become the antidote to my post-Game of Thrones hangover.
And while thinking about August 9th, there is a bit of exciting news brewing for my own historical fantasy novel, Enoch’s Device. But I need to wait until Saturday to break it. Check back then!
In the meantime, if you’ve read any great historical fantasy fiction this summer, drop a comment and let me know!

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