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The Seven Keys of Hildegard: Of Mercy & Of Death

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In 1167, a German nun has a troubling vision, prophesizing the end times. In 1917, Mary appears to three children in Fatima, Portugal, revealing mysterious secrets. In 1936, a young man is inexplicably hurled to his death off the side of a mountain in Italy, and the newborn he unknowingly leaves behind is spirited away to America by his terrified mother. But why?

Paperback, First, 240 pages
Published September 26th 2018 by David M. Dupuis (first published September 22nd 2018)
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Erik McManus
Jul 22, 2020 rated it liked it

I normally am not a big fan of historical fiction but this book was pulling me in. There is this intense sense of urgency the entire time that something bad is coming and they must do everything they can to prepare for it. The characters are developed well and the book stays interesting by jumping back and forth from different time periods as well as places around the world.

It took a whole new turn on good vs evil and there is so much more to explore as this is only the first book in a seri
(I got a free digital copy of this book through Netgalley)

Of Mercy & Of Death tries to do too much instead of focusing on the simple details that could build a stronger story and better characters. Too learn the whole deal with the Keys, we get chapters with multiple priests, the pope, John (or Jesus 2.0 I guess, since he literally brings people back from death) and his family, and even the Dark Lords or whatever they were called, supposedly the bad guys from this story.

My biggest issue is that
Dieter Moitzi
Note: This book was provided at not cost by NetGalley, where this review has been posted.

Strange that there were several things about this book that I didn't like, and yet I felt drawn in by the plot (maybe my crypto-conspirationist side), despite it being somewhat convoluted and rather far-fetched. The story starts with Hildegard von Bingen (born in the very late 11th century, died in 1179) having her visions (or seven keys) written down for future generations to use as a sort of Doomsday warni
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dupuis pits dark forces against the Nazarene Church in this swiftly paced first installment in The Seven Keys of Hildegard series.

In 1167, Hildegard, a German nun, has a troubling vision, prophesizing the end times. It was a fine May day in parish of Fatima, Portugal, in 1917 when Mary appeared to Lucia dos Santos and his two younger cousins and revealed mysterious secrets, marking the beginning of a period of 113 years—from the turning of the first key until the seventh is fulfilled. As the tr
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Of Mercy & Of Death had me googling various events in Catholic history. I was familiar with some of the prophecies... but, the nun's prophecies... YIPES! I'd never heard of Hildegarde until I read the story. What a fantastic tale! I truly sped through the book quickly! I deliberately slowed myself down so that I could truly savor the delightful story of intrigue and ancient prophecies. I cannot wait to read the second book. Found out that it is actually already available on Amazon. Sooooooooooo. ...more
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Seven Keys of Hildegard of Mercy and Death is a well- researched and entertaining novel in which author David Dupuis weaves historical fact with fiction as introduces the reader to an eleventh century German nun whose visions foretold the end of times. This story is filled with suspense, mystery and maneuvering as it takes the reader through a century of church intrigue as well as the life of one small child whose fate is inextricably interwoven with that of his protectors and the church as ...more
Trick Wiley
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Caroline Price
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Of Mercy and of Death by David Dupuis, is the first book in the Seven Keys of Hildegard series and I was bowled over by this book. Back in the 12th century a German nun named Hildegard had a vision of the end times. In 1917 three children in Fatima, Portugal had a vision of Mary, the holy mother and in 1936 a young man is hurled to his death from a mountainside in Italy. Through the historic events of the 20th century we follow the path of Hildegard's prophecies towards Armageddon...which is ver ...more
Michael Cayley
Nov 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Not really my sort of book. Hildegard von Bingen, a medieval abbess and mystic, has visions of the end times. Centuries later, there is a rivalry between the good religious and worshippers of evil. I found the plot far-fetched - in places, silly - and the writing at times pedestrian. There was just enough interest to keep me reading, but no more.

With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for letting me have an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Wytzia Raspe
A bit like Dan Brown but then with the Catholic church as the heroes.
A set of devil worshippers tries to get a hold on the Seven Keys of Hildegard and the popes and the secret Brethren do all to prevent that. Are the keys just documents or are they meant to be key figures?
I liked the papal history and the story was well written but I HATE sudden open endings and the need to buy the next novel.
Because if the serialised concept 3 stars out of 5.
Chay Whitehouse
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved reading this book! I was drawn in from the start. I found throughout the book, mystery was maintained but there was just enough information given to the reader regarding the 'keys' to make me want to keep reading. I will definitely be reading the next book in the series and look forward to the series as a whole! ...more
Christine Cazeneuve
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
First thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

A very intriguing story with plenty of twists and turns. The story flows easily and effectively and will keep you in suspense. There are other books in this series and I look forward to reading them as well.
Tammi Mossman
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well-plotted, well-written book with good characterization, history, and intrigue. I lost sleep for three nights finishing it. Narrative flows smoothly between continents, characters, scenarios, and timelines. I was unaware this title was part of a series until I finished it, and I'm so happy the next book is already published and waiting for me! ...more
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an interesting and riveting book. I kept turning pages to learn more, to uncover more secrets. I loved it. I don't want to spoil your pleasure of discovering this story, so I won't give you much plot details but this is one of those books that stays with you forever. I'm definitely going to re-read in the future! ...more
Isabel Hedgecock
Sep 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Really enjoyed this book, especially since I study medieval literature & am interested specifically in female mystics like Hildegard! I found the story compelling and so intriguing. I loved Dupuis' writing style, and will definitely be reading more of his works! ...more
Katie Oatway
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great story with history, secret societies and the Church - the battle between good and evil! The first book of a five book series left me anxiously awaiting the release of book 2 so i can learn what happens next!
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Never-ending battle between good and evil, God and the Devil. Who guards seven keys? And what the church has to do with it?

Gripping historical fiction, adventure and mistery.
Great story.
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David Dupuis has published numerous local, historical non-fiction books, as well as three NHL hockey biographies. His fascination with world history, papal history, prophecy and fiction culminate in his intriguing, genre series, "The Seven Keys of Hildegard.".

David's three NHL hockey biographies include "Sawchuk: The Troubles & Triumphs of the World's Greatest Goalie", "Heart of the Blackhawks: Th

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