The Demon-King wears the Crown of England and only a man strong enough to resist love can defeat him.
Casting aside his vows to the Church, and protected by the powerful Duke of Lancaster and his son Hal Bolingbroke, Thomas Neville is now free to pursue his quest for Wynkyn de Worde′s casket.
But Richard II is subtle and cunning, and moves swiftly against Neville and Bolingbroke, destroying both their families and using his minions to drive the realm towards bloody rebellion.
Only Neville′s wife Margaret can help, but Neville knows he cannot fully trust her. And what of Bolingbroke who, as the months go by, reveals ambitions far greater and deadlier than Neville ever realised?
As Neville inches closer and closer to the casket, he discovers that opening it might well release a greater horror across the earth than the one he wishes to thrust back into hell.
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.