The Devil's Diadem

The Devil's Diadem

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While attending to Lady Adelie, wife to the Earl of Pengraic, as a terrible plague sweeps across Europe, young noblewoman Maeb Langtofte discovers that the walls of Pengraic castle are no longer safe after stumbling upon the Earl's dark secret.

HARPERCOLL

“Sara Douglass has the breadth of vision necessary to create sweeping epics and the storyteller’s gift that makes readers love her.”
Locus

Sara Douglass has already established herself as one of the most original and exciting of today’s bestselling fantasists with her Wayfarer Redemption Trilogy, DarkGlass Mountain Trilogy, and other magnificent works of epic fantasy. With The Devil’s Diadem, she delivers a richly imaginative stand-alone novel of alternate history, set in a twelfth-century England similar to our own time, in which a virulent plague threatens to annihilate a kingdom—and one unwitting young noblewoman holds the key to salvation. Library Journal puts Douglass’s work, “on a par with with Terry Goodkind and Robert Jordan.” Read The Devil’s Diadem and you will most certainly agree.



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While attending to Lady Adelie, wife to the Earl of Pengraic, as a terrible plague sweeps across Europe, young noblewoman Maeb Langtofte discovers that the walls of Pengraic castle are no longer safe after stumbling upon the Earl's dark secret. 45,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Harper Voyager, c2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780062004338
Branch Call Number: SCIFI DOU
Characteristics: 522 p. :,ill., maps ;,24 cm.

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Nov 26, 2011

Sara Douglass writes well, and could probably write better. The story (until you think about it) is interesting, the characters sympathetic, and the plot (at least until it is revealed) provides tension. Unfortunately, when you stop and think about it, not much of it makes a lot of sense. Why can the devil hear but not read? (An illiterate "Old Nick"?) Why doesn't Pengraic sense the thing when he's been in (very) close proximity to it? In the end, there actually seems to be no tension in the story at all. She's had two major, and two minor, love affairs, and, seemingly, could have been happy with any of the four. Big deal! Who cares who she ended up with.

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