Vincent is an orphan that fell on his feet when he ran a couple of errands for a librarian and ended up becoming his apprentice. But as time passed and he learned his letters, he wants more. When he discovers a secret powerful enough to destroy his master, he attempts to blackmail him. Hoping to become his right hand man and win the love of his daughter.
Gisa is also an orphan, she lives with her aunt and uncle and works hard to serve them both. Her skill as an apprentice apothecary brings her to the attention of the sinister lord Sylvain who insists she comes daily to work for him as he works towards his alchemical dream.
Young Wilky’s parents live in poverty. They’ve no choice but to let the monks take him in payment of their debt to them. Besides, they are religious men, surely he can come to no harm in their care?
But evil is afoot and its drawing these three together. Will they survive those that would exploit them for their own gain?
This gothic horror set in the dark ages had me hooked from the start. The characters are well drawn, the story is intriguing, and the setting oozes authenticity. Well, it seems that way to me, I wasn’t alive during the dark ages so I can’t be completely sure!
It is very vivid, so much so that although the story pulled me along there were moments I had to stop reading and take a breath or two before resuming. I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to scary stuff and it had its moments!
Definitely a book I recommend and I’ll be looking out for more of her work.