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The Scourge: Emaculum (Volume 3) Paperback – August 4, 2014
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About the Author
Roberto Calas is an author and lover of history. His serial trilogy (The Scourge) is about a 14th century knight fighting his way through a demon-infested England to reunite with the woman he loves. And every bit of it is true except for the made up parts. He earned a degree in journalism from the University of Connecticut and worked as a reporter, freelance writer, and magazine editor. But his true love has always been fiction. In addition to The Scourge series, Roberto has written The Beast of Maug Maurai (fantasy), Kingdom of Glass (historical fiction in the Foreworld universe), and Wages of Sin (a historical- fiction short story). He lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, with his two children, and visits the United Kingdom on a monthly basis to be with his fiancée, Annabelle. Sometimes he fights demons to reach her. You can learn more about Roberto on his website: robertocalas.com
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I don't want to give away too much, so I will do my best to focus on more vague ideas and tone, so hopefully I won't spoil anything for you. I mean, theoretically, you have read the first two books in the series, so you know what's going on, but still. The ending is pretty exciting, so I don't want to ruin it.
The humor, which has been so pervasive in the series, continues in the same vein in his book. As does the effort at maintaining historical accuracy as the anchor of the narrative (obviously with a rather healthy dose of fantasy, if there had been zombies in medieval England, we would have heard of it before now). It is those two elements which have made this series so enjoyable. Roberto Calas does a great job of making the characters feel human. As someone who responds to overly stressful situations with sarcasm and irreverence, I can identify very strongly with one of the characters in this series (you know who I mean...). And the historical accuracy makes the story feel much more real. The combination of relatable characters and realistic environment gives the story a touch, which you just don't see in much fiction, regardless of genre.
You know, as I think about it, who would be better suited to survive a zombie apocalypse than a knight? I mean, a highly trained warrior, covered in, at the very least, maille, carrying a shield and sword? Sounds like the best possible survival chances if you ask me. Going off on a bit of a tangent, who wouldn't watch a series/movie about a bunch of Renaissance Faire patrons and performers making their way through a zombie attack? I would watch the hell out of that. But, I digress...
Anyway, if you're reading his, you have likely read Parts 1 & 2 of this series. So, you simply must get this book as well. If you haven't, and this is the first chance you have had to see this series, you need to get "The Scourge", and "Nostrum", now. Like, right now. Now. Read them, and then come back and get this book. If you like zombie fiction, you will like this series.
Bloody fun, really. There's a modicum of zombie neurosurgery in the books, a lot of wonderful characters and some inventive plot lines, Calas is constantly coming up with new perils for our heroes. I enjoyed these books immensely (you may have picked that up from the gist) and recommend them highly. Luckily the lad has other books, wonder what they're like........
I was particularly impressed with the symmetry of the writing, bringing stories and statements around full circle, including the very last line.
Elizabeth remains the McGuffin of the story. Wish I knew her better, but really this is a story about friendship. The romance remains the chalice, the idol,l the device that involves our heroes and creates the binding quest.
In each book, the meat of the material lies in the interactions and dialogue between the knights, particularly Morgan and Tristan. Their interactions regarding religion are heady material amongst the jibes and jests. There is Edward's challenge to reassess humanity in the midst of horror, even in the context of exploding zombies.
I hated to see the story end. I look forward to Mr. Calas' next works.
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It is not a particularly fantastic book but if you like zombies its worth a read.Read more