Between Two Fires
And Lucifer said: “Let us rise against Him now in all our numbers, ...more
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When I first read the synopsis for Between Two Fires I thought: “Hmmm, a dark historical fiction, mixed with horror and religious mumbo-jumbo". Not something I usually even consider checking up on. Then I looked at my pile of recently read books and saw way too many fairies, dragons and unic ...more
It's just that kind of book. And I mean that in the most positive, enthusiastic way possible. HOLY 'EFFING SHIT. THIS IS AN EPIC BOOK THAT LEAVES YOU SLACK-JAWED AND QUEASY.
Large disclaimer: Keep your kids away from this book. Like, away away. If you don't want them terrified to sleep, terrified to die, terrified of monsters, and using foul, foul, foul language, keep them AWAY away. Keep your faint of heart virginal readers away. Only start the quest if you intend to see it through. Because HOLY ...more
I checked out this audio from my library, immediately after finishing Those Across the River. I knew nothing about it, except that it was written by Christopher Buehlman. I'm glad that I went into it that way, because otherwise I might have passed on this story altogether.
I feel I should warn people that no religion is free from mockery here, while at the same time, I feel ...more
One of the best books I've read this year.
Between Two Fires is a perfect mixture of horror, dark fantasy and historical fiction. When I started reading this book I've my doubts about what was the big deal about the so-called horror scenes that the reviewers mentioned... but trust me, it doesn't take many chapters for some very fucked up satanic sh*t to happen.
The characters of this book are awesome: a fallen and dishonored knight, a young girl whose father died due ...more
Partway through my Scribd free month wherein I tried to cram as many audiobooks in as possible (which ended up being about 4 and change), Fantasy Review Barn hosted T. Frohock in a Tough Traveling post that mentioned Between Two Fires. I’d stumbled across the book about a year ago and proceeded to do with any book I stumble across that looks interesting: toss it on the pile (pile in this ...more
So… that was different!
You could say that this is a book about a disgraced knight, an equally disgraced country-side priest and a really weird foundling trying to make their way to safety during the Black Death plague of 1348. But that would not be quite right, now would it? This is a moving and disturbing story about humanity, redemption, compassion and sacrifice. It’s well-written, dark and totally engrossing.
We like to romanticize the past, but really, the Mid ...more
Holy Hell. This book. I’m not even sure where to begin. I found this in my library’s audiobook selection. Gave it a closer look as it seemed to be neither YA nor PNR. That’s quite an unusual (and desirable) find given my library’s more typical offerings. I went to check out what others thought of it on Goodreads. And. NONE of my 100+ genre reading Goodreads friends have read it. Seriously? This made me have some doubts. Surely if it was worth a read, someone woul ...more
I went 4 stars here and it's in many ways very close to a 5 star read. There are some thi ...more
Mid-fourteenth century France is as close to hell as any place on Earth. English invaders have just wiped out a huge chunk of French forces at the Battle of Crecy, the Black Plague has descended on Europe, erasing 35%-60% of it’s population; pirates, brigands, and raiders murder, rape, and rob indiscriminately through the French countryside. Paranoia is at it’s zenith. Starvation is a fact of life. B ...more
Thank you Thomas Stacey for this absolutely amazing rec. Again! Truly amazing.
This book was me stepping way out of my comfort zone. Honestly i thought of jumping ship simply because, this book is historical fiction and had a religious theme. Two things that would definitely guarantee me to tell a book:
"We all fall short of perfection. You. Me. Pere Matthieu. We all disappoint. Can we forgive only those who sinned against others"
The plot opens up in 14th Century France where Religion (read Cath ...more
This book was superb. The plague, zombies, divine & devilish intervention in everyday life, fallen knights, angels, a little girl who is also sort of ...more
The Black Death stalks the land.
What if God had turned away from humankind?
What if the Devil stepped in to wreak havoc?
Thomas, a disavowed knight turned bandit.
Matthieu, a disgraced priest.
And Delphine a young girl with a certain aura about her.
The two men join together to escort Delphine to Avignon where she knows she has to go but does not know why.
Dark, brooding and heavy with atmosphere. Add nightmares and demons to a land already ravaged by the plague and you have an great mi ...more
This was very different from the author's first novel, Those Across the River. It's so dif ...more
This is not a typical horror novel by any means: a disgra ...more
Because things where normal, just perfectly normal, until something small but terribly distorted happened that left me second guessing everything. Like, normal little things one moment, next moment they mix with reality and make it somehow horribly wrong! And the way its done, the charact ...more
I was expecting something a lot more grim, and it is in places, but the color, the exuberance, and the humor make this book so much fun! Definitely, there is gore (lots of gore), death, abominations, tragedy, but there's also love, sacrifice, forgiveness, friendship, loyalty and so much more.
I adored Thomas and Delphine! I loved their prickly relationship. Both of ...more
It's also deceptive. It pulls you along under the guise of horror, while in truth being a deeply personal story of love, redemption, and faith. It's a beautiful tale of a knight's journey towards purpose and peace, amidst the chaos of blight and pestilence.
The horror inside this story is all encompassing. It doesn't need to hide in shadows and strike out when people are alone. This horror rules the land, it strikes when it does, flying in the face of anyone who denies it ...more
Buehlman has a way to keep you on edge, he always seems to be able to push the line of uncomfortable creepy and then backs you away with some relief dialogue between characters.
There is nothing soft and fluffy with this story, it is pure apocalypse, but 14th century France apocalypse. With a big religious back bone of good versus evil, long bow men, fi ...more
The emotional plot and backdrop is a beautifully diverse fren ...more