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Elisha Magus (The Dark Apostle) Mass Market Paperback – March 3, 2015
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Praise for The Dark Apostle series:
"Elisha Barber is an edgy, vivid story with engaging characters and a well-drawn setting that's almost, but not quite, our own history. I was drawn right in, quick as a slash of a barber's razor." —Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of Clockwork Angels
"A vivid, violent, and marvelously detailed historical fantasy set in the perilous world that is medieval England in the middle of a war. Elisha Barber wades through blood and battle in his pursuit of arcane knowledge—forbidden love—and dangerous magic." —Sharon Shinn, author of Troubled Waters
"In a grim world of medieval warfare, witch-hunts and primitive surgery, E. C. Ambrose has crafted a shining tale of one man's humanity and courage. A gritty read for those who like realism as well as hope in their fantasy." —Glenda Larke, author of Stormlord’s Exile
"Elisha Barber is a stunning debut from a gifted storyteller. It didn't just keep me up all night, it transported me to a vivid, gritty 14th-century England, and left me feeling like I'd been touched by the wing of that dark angel. A magical first novel." —Steven H. Savile, author of Primeval: Shadow of the Jaguar
"Ambrose’s fantasy debut depicts a 14th-century England in which magic and fledgling science exist side by side. Elisha’s struggle to bring relief to those in need is complicated by his own need for redemption and his innate fear of what he cannot understand. This beautifully told, painfully elegant story should appeal to fans of L.E. Modesitt’s realistic fantasies as well as of the period fantasy of Guy Gavriel Kay." —Library Journal (starred review)
About the Author
E. C. Ambrose is a fantasy author, history buff, and accidental scholar. She lives with her family and a very friendly dog in New Hampshire. Author websites: ecambrose.com; twitter.com/ecambrose
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In place of being arrested and charged with his brother’s and newborn child's death he struck a deal with a physician to accompany him to the battlefield where war was being waged between King Hugh and Duke Randall. He would put away his barber blade and become a battle surgeon. Being called upon to do things that horrified him.
He soon discovered his sorcery and alchemy skills and used them in his work. This battle was brutal, new weapons never before used were being tested and proved to inflict grave injuries. Elisha worked hard to prevent the physician from using the soldiers as guinea pigs for his medical experiments. Meanwhile still carrying the guilt of his brother’s death and the dismemberment of his brothers child, whose head he carried in the sealed pot that he kept with him.
Here is where he meets Brigit, a fellow magi. She reminded him of the angel that appeared as they burned a witch at the stake when he was a child. The one whose wing touched his cheek. Brigit teaches Elisha how to communicate with fellow Magi by using water as a means of contact. Never using their real names to avoid discovery. He is introduced to a dark magic, one that is used by the necromancers, which were not believed to even exist.
Elisha’s skills as a Magi improve over time. He continues to be intrigued by the power he feels from the pot that contains his dead nephew’s head. He comes to use this power to end the battle by becoming a wanted man for killing the...
I do not know about other readers and their reading styles, but I for one, when I get hooked on a series of books, must read them one after the other. I was/am fortunate that the last book in this series is being released February 6!!
This is the second book of the Dark Apostle series. Elisha is a barber-surgeon from the poorest streets of 14th Century London. He has come a long way from the days when he was wrongly accused of murder, only to be saved by joining the king’s army to serve a battle surgeon. It was here he discovered he had a talent for magic. He finally ended the war by using it to kill the king.
Now Elisha is living on borrowed time. He is hated and feared as a witch and wooed by those who seek his support and power. He is unwillingly drawn into the world of the sorcerers who live tentative lives, powerful yet trying to remain hidden from a world that fears them. Yet there are those whom even “normal” magi fear and hate. Necromancers who claim the power of death.
This is what truly frightens Elisha. His medical skill and recent experiences seem to have given him the power of death. As he tries to rebuild the country he brought to it’s knees, he begins to wonder if in his battle against darkness, can he overcome his own demons.
E. C. Ambrose has drawn from research of 14th Century medical practice to weave a tail of might and magic. One is immediately drawn to Elisha who is concerned by the nature of his powers. His role in the death of his brother haunts him as does the murder of the king. In E. C.’s world, magi have affinities. With an affinity for death, Elisha sees similarities between himself and necromancers. He must maneuver around powerful forces, both political and magical. While not overwhelming, the audience will get a sense of the grim backdrop of Medieval England. There are many political intrigues as well as magical battles that are terrifying and exciting. It is by no means clear if Elisha will survive. She handles the stories pacing well and the dialogue is easily graspable. The story will keep the readers on the edge of their seats.
DAW, Jul 1 2014, $24.95
In fourteenth century England, Elisha Barber has become the most feared magus in the kingdom after he committed regicide using magic (see Elisha Barber); the aristocrats and other powerful entities either want his support or his death. Currently the Duke Randall, whose wife is a mage, gives Elisha shelter. In spite of Prince Alaric’s affront to his daughter Rosalynn by choosing Brigit the mage to be his bride, Randall supports him to replace the late King Hugh as the next ruler before the French invade what they perceive a weak neighbor.
After a dance with Rosalynn, Elisha is asked by the duke to marry his daughter. The commoner says no, but agrees to escort her to a convent, which also will enable him to try to retrieve the talisman Brigit took from him. Before he leaves, Elisha is unable to prevent the murder of a French mage in which Barber was the intended target. On what proves to be a dangerous trek with enemies everywhere, Elisha rescues a strange female and befriends Alaric’s outlawed brother Prince Thomas the traitor.
The second Dark Apostle medieval fantasy is an exciting fourteenth century thriller due to a terrific ethical hero trying to save lives, but considered dangerous and heretical for his medical practices and for slaying the king. The key to this strong saga is the grim English background that makes the magic and its classes of practitioners seem genuine while also containing a flicker of enlightenment when compared to the implications of the Papal-French monarchy pact. E.C. Ambrose provides another powerful extremely dark historical fantasy with a great final spin.