The Devil's Diadem
by Sara Douglass
Harper Voyager Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780007364244
Date: 13 October 2011 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Tragically, Australian fantasy author Sara Douglass died only a few weeks ago and the genre scene over there - indeed all round the world, for she was a global author - is all the poorer with her passing. She leaves behind an impressive body of work, including The Axis Trilogy, which sold over 100,000 in Australia alone. VOoager now publish a stand alone title set in the same world - The Devil's Diadem is a paperback original release.
"In a world gone mad, is the Devilís word the only one you can trust? A foolish monk stole the devil′s favourite diadem and the devil wants it back.
It is mid-twelfth century Europe and Maeb Langtofte joins an aristocratic household to attend Adelie, the wife of the Earl of Pengraic. The earl is 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, Maeb 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.
Hell has come to desecrate England, and the only thing that can possibly foil its plans are the wits of one lonely, isolated and terrified woman."