The First book of the Crucible, an exciting new historical fantasy from the author of the popular Axis Trilogy.
'The Nameless Day' is the one day of the year when the world of man and the underworld touch. If this bridge between realms is left unguarded, the forces of evil will be free to crawl across the divide and invade Europe.
Knowledge of the threat is only held by the Pope, and one priest chosen by the archangel Michael. But Brother Wynkyn de Worde has grown old and the Papacy has moved to Aviginon; reduced to a puppet show for the French King. Vulnerable and alone Wynkyn cannot hope to hold back the malevolent spirits and force them back into the abyss of the Cleft.
During the mid-fourteenth century, thirty years after Brother Wynkyn's last mission, Thomas Neville, an English nobleman and priest, is sent to investigate the extent of the danger. But not even Neville is prepared for the Black Death, Littering Europe with thousands of putrid corpses.
The forces of Church and God must rally against the infiltration of the Devil's minions. The battle has begun.
Sara Douglass (1957-2011) was born in Penola, South Australia. She spent her early working life as a nurse before completing three degrees at the University of Adelaide. After receiving a PhD in Early Modern English history, Sara worked as a Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at La Trobe University, Bendigo. She left the University to start her own business in 2000.
Sara’s first novel, BattleAxe, was published in 1995. Three of her novels were winners of the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy.
Sara lived in Hobart, Tasmania.