Centuries ago, it seemed that the gods had deserted humanity. But, now, suddenly they are back. Not only the sun god Apollo, but his unrelenting enemy – dark Hades, lord of the Underworld, greedy for human bodies and souls to gather into his domain. And others, including Thanatos, the personification of Death; the enigmatic Trickster; and Hephaestus the Smith, the wonderworker of magical technology. The past meets the present in a struggle of wills, and life will never be the same for young Jeremy Redthorn. Jeremy, a young farm laborer, is unwittingly caught up in the clash when he pledges to deliver a mysterious mask given to him by a beautiful wounded stranger.
Fred Thomas Saberhagen (1930–2007) was a Chicago-born American science fiction and fantasy fiction author most famous for his Berserker series of science fiction stories.
He also wrote a series of vampire novels in which the vampires (including the famous Dracula) are the protagonists, and a series of post-apocalyptic mytho-magical novels beginning with his popular Empire of the East and continuing through a long series of Swords and Lost Swords novels. Saberhagen died of cancer, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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