The Devil's Diadem

The Devil's Diadem

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It is mid-twelfth century Europe and Evelyn Langtofte joins an aristocratic household to attend Adelie, the wife of the Earl of Pengraic, a powerful Lord of the Marches -- the dark Welsh borderlands. Then a plague that has swept Europe overtakes England and as life descends into chaos and civil disorder, Evelyn is about to discover that the horrors she survived at Pengraic Castle were but a prelude to the terrifying maelstrom which now envelops her and all of her countryfolk.
Publisher: New York : Harper Voyager, 2011.
ISBN: 9780062004338
Characteristics: 522 p. :,maps ;,24 cm.


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Nov 26, 2011

Sara Douglass writes well, and could probably write better. The story (until you think about it) is interesting, the characters sympathetic, and the plot (at least until it is revealed) provides tension. Unfortunately, when you stop and think about it, not much of it makes a lot of sense. Why can the devil hear but not read? (An illiterate "Old Nick"?) Why doesn't Pengraic sense the thing when he's been in (very) close proximity to it? In the end, there actually seems to be no tension in the story at all. She's had two major, and two minor, love affairs, and, seemingly, could have been happy with any of the four. Big deal! Who cares who she ended up with.

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