When I first read this book (under its original title _Aegypt_) I greatly enjoyed it but I didn't have a mature enough perspective to get the most outWhen I first read this book (under its original title _Aegypt_) I greatly enjoyed it but I didn't have a mature enough perspective to get the most out of it. I also didn't know there was a sequel, and so when I read the third book in the sequence (_Daemonomania_) I was completely lost.
There is another history of the world, concurrent with the history taught to you in school, and Pierce Moffett seeks to chronicle this secret history (peopled by Giordano Bruno, John Dee, and Will Shakespeare among others). This book is the first part of four in the sequence, so you do get the sense that their journey is only beginning; if you only read this book, though, you're bound to think that the plot's going nowhere. I love occultism, and scholasticism, and rich stories that unfold slowly and gradually, so this (and any other Crowley, really) is perfect fare for me. Patience will be rewarded....more