From one of the world's greatest storytellers comes a gripping tale of what hell on Earth truly means ... A foolish monk stole the Devil's favourite diadem and the Devil wants it back.It is mid-twelfth century Europe and Maeb Langtofte joins an aristocratic household to attend Adelie, the wife of the Earl of Pengraic. the earl is a powerful Lord of the Marches, the dark Welsh borderlands. then a plague that has swept Europe overtakes England and as life descends into chaos and civil disorder, Maeb is about to discover that the horrors she survived at Pengraic Castle were but a prelude to the terrifying maelstrom which now envelops her and all of her countryfolk.Hell has come to desecrate England, and the only thing that can possibly foil its plans are the wits of one lonely, isolated and terrified woman. Praise for tHE DEVIL'S DIADEM:'ranks among Douglass's best books, combining her expertise in medieval history with a gripping and imaginative fantasy storyline' Sunday Canberra times'a fascinating and surprisingly compelling read' BOOKSELLER+PUBLISHER
Douglass (The Infinity Gate) immerses the reader in a fully realized medieval world where the supernatural is taken for granted, but her story falls short. Maeb Langtofte inherited a noble name and not much else from her father. Her hopes of a secure future rest on serving as a lady-in-waiting to the house of Pengraic, but her place is imperiled by a devastating plague and Maeb's mutual attraction with the earl's son. Maeb must balance her desires and others' agendas, at the risk of her life and the lives of those she cares for. Unfortunately, the singular heroine gradually becomes a Mary Sue style caricature: practically every man she encounters falls for her even her own son praises her sexual attractiveness and she alone survives an otherwise invariably fatal illness. This regrettable transformation costs the story much of its plausibility and charm.
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This was a good choice for my holiday novel, very involving and hard to put down. It is not my favorite Sara Douglass, but a good stand alone story.
As always Sara's book had me captivated from start to finish. She is very much a special Author and one very capable of writing a story that draws you heavily into it making feel as if you live the story.
Magnificent as always.
Couldn't put it down
A fantastic read as usual.