One heartbeat of blistering darkness to die into. One brief dying to return from.
Beginning where Enemy Glory leaves off, Hecate’s Glory continues Llewelyn’s strange deathbed account of his alliance with evil, the tale of his life as a highly adept priest of the goddess Hecate. Torn between his love of artistic beauty and his mandate to destroy it, Llewelyn continues to stand trial for his life. Or is it for his death?
From the description of Enemy Glory:
“Then live and be damned.” Llewelyn is a brilliant young evil magician who is dying in extreme agony at the foot of his arch-enemy, the good and lawful King Walworth of Threle. Enemy Glory is Llewelyn’s astonishing deathbed confession, his alarmingly passionate and strangely lyrical account of his heartbreaking decision to embrace evil, told with wry humor and trenchant irony against an epic backdrop of magic, the gods, betrayed friendship, unrequited love, war, and the rise and fall of empires.
Let’s play a game of choice and consequences. What if you had to destroy everything you ever loved – or suffer eternal damnation? Enter the dark.
Originally published by Tor Books (Tom Doherty Associates, LLC)
Picking up where Enemy Glory (2001) left off, Michalson offers more of the same dense, rococo prose in the sequel, narrated as before by the pompous, self-absorbed wizard Llewelyn, as his former friend, the Duke of Walworth, holds him at sword point. Ruminating further on the curious religious beliefs that permeate society, Llewelyn flees the nasty emperor Roguehan to a place where he has a chance to become king. When his evil goddess, Hecate, gives him the choice of laying waste to the land of elves and beauty or going north to a certain tortuous death, we finally learn how he has come to be on trial for treason in the north. Inverted logic and word games that try to close loopholes in the plot will irritate some readers, but fans of the first book should find this a satisfactory conclusion. FYI: Enemy Glory was a nominee for the 2002 Prometheus Award.