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Between Two Fires

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I really enjoyed the character Thomas, a fallen knight that has been traveling with some quite despicable brigands. The few healthy people left lock themselves in, not wanting to risk contact with strangers, no matter how dire the strangers' needs.

Between Two Fires (novel) - Wikipedia

This was an allegory of Satan's rebellion against the Heavens here on Earth, an explanation for the Great Plague, famine and war that swept France (and Europe) during the 14 th century. Heel–Face Turn: Blink and you'll miss it, but during the final battle, two angels wrestle a demon into the river, desperately shouting in its ears. And so you may not be happy, exactly, if you let Buehlman lure you across France with Delphine and Thomas, if you face with them the horrors unleashed by Hell upon a population that is left to question whether some great sin of theirs has earned all this wrath and punishment.Featuring some of the craziest scenes I've ever read, I don't know how this author has escaped my attention until recently.

Between Two Fires Anyone Up for Some War, Famine, and Plague? Between Two Fires

The ending was perfect and even made me smile as I was in complete awe at the way this was wrapped up. Thomas, though he’s indisputably a killing machine, is forbidden by the girl to commit murder, even in self-defence. He has the lord of the castle send all his men to Mathieu's house to apprehend Thomas for the crime of insulting him, and when they find the place is empty, they help themselves to whatever valuables are available. His first full-length play, Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka, debuted at Jobsite Theater of Tampa in March 2012. The empty towns, hucksters, the famine, plague, and death were barely held at bay by faith and willpower and just holding on to one or two pure things in a world that was a truly apocalyptic vision.

Thomas is a Shell-Shocked Veteran who lost everything he had in the Battle of Crécy and its aftermath, which caused him to turn from being a noble knight to a bitter and cynical bandit. This thought, originally expressed by Thomas when he fights the eel monster, is repeated in the text every time a demon appears, particularly whenever they reveal a similar hand, which is often described as so white it's nearly translucent. I’m mainly a fantasy reader, and that’s a huge reason why I loved The Blacktongue Thief more than Between Two Fires. But then it got psychological, with nightmares that may or may not have been hallucinations, with fear, deviltry, and ignorance running rampant across the countryside.

Book Review: Between Two Fires by Christopher Buehlman

Waif Prophet: Delphine is a small child, but she seems to have premonitions she doesn't fully understand and displays an ability to foretell the future without realizing she's doing so in the first place. The demon in the river by Mathieu's village, a gigantic eel covered in spine-like appendages with a human hand at the end of its tail. Ominous Knocking: The Ones Who Knock by Night are thusly named because they always announce their presence by knocking on doors and killing whoever answers them. But considering Chretien showed up to her house with a bunch of armed men, and the extremely Shame If Something Happened situation of Chretien being the "regent" for her and Thomas's son, how much of a choice does she really have? Dellamonica also praised the novel's humorous dialogue which contrasts with the horrors of the world, as well as the novel's immersion in the "worldview and mindset of its medieval Christian characters.Eventually, Delphine's divine aspect reaches him there, and with the implication that Heaven is finally winning the war she resurrects him only a day after he was killed.

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