The Book of Whis­pers

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Kimberley Starr, Text Pub­lish­ing (FE­BRU­ARY) Soft­cover $11.99 (400pp), 978-1-925355-51-2

Both fan­tas­ti­cal and con­crete, this his­tor­i­cal tale of­fers an in­tro­spec­tive glance at hu­man na­ture.

An in­trigu­ing mix of his­tory and fan­tasy, Kimberley Starr’s The Book of Whis­pers un­abashedly in­ter­prets the Cru­sades through a su­per­nat­u­ral lens.

When Chris­ten­dom is roused to pil­grim­age to Jerusalem and re­claim it from the Sara­cens, Luca de Fal­coni, a young Tus­can conte -to-be, finds him­self em­broiled in a con­flict where earthly and di­a­bolic king­doms col­lide. A mys­te­ri­ous tome, the Book of Whis­pers, aids him in nav­i­gat­ing the treach­er­ous re­la­tion­ships be­tween de­mons and hu­mans.

With the help of Suzan, an enig­matic girl es­caped from the clois­tered life of a con­vent, Luca must grap­ple with hu­man hypocrisy in the form of cor­rupted priests and blood­thirsty knights, as well as with de­monic hor­ror, to pre­vent apoc­a­lyp­tic disas­ter.

The un­der­ly­ing con­cept is an am­bi­tious one, and the re­search con­ducted is ev­i­dent. Aside from the in­cor­po­ra­tion of de­mons, de­tails

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