The Knights Hospitaller battle ancient evil in medieval Rhodes as mysterious disappearances and insane devil-worshippers threaten to turn the entire island into a bloodbath....
When three Hospitallers go missing from a local village outraged Grand Master Foulques de Villaret sends the English knight Sir Richard-at-Lee and his trusted sergeant-at-arms Jacob to discover their fate. Met with resistance from frightened locals and rumours of a blasphemous sect performing unspeakable rites beneath the village Sir Richard must overcome not only the devil-worshippers but the faceless, unstoppable demon that stalks his dreams.
Fans of the best-selling Forest Lord books Wolf's Head and The Wolf and the Raven will enjoy this spin-off novella that sees the much-loved English knight up against a foe that threatens not only his life and his sanity, but God himself!
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Lovecraftian Horror in the 14th century
I enjoyed both versions, but the audio edition has an advantage with a good narrator who brings the distinctive voices of the characters come to life.
As a medieval mystery tinged with horror elements it comes across a bit Bernard Knight's Crowner John series, Maureen Ash's Templar Knight Mysteries or Paul Doherty's Hugh Corbett mysteries, but crossed with H.P. Lovecraft.
Stephen, the Yorkshireman and Hospitaller sergeant-at-arms is very well realized by Nick Ellsworth.
I had already read the print version, so my reaction was not extreme, but the experience of listening to a good story performed by a fine performer was satisfying.
I have enjoyed Steven McKay's books to date in print and in audio. Nick Ellsworth has proven himself a very capable and engaging narrator.