The Crippled Angel

Book Three of 'The Crucible'

Crucible (Volume 3 of 3)

Sara Douglass

Tor Fantasy

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The world that the former monk Thomas Neville knows is crumbling about him. The Holy Mother Church of Rome is losing its power over men and Thomas knows that this is not Man’s doing but the work of the demons who have escaped their earthly prison and who are trying to breach the very gates of heaven.

The great archangel Michael has given Thomas the task to find the demons who now dwell in human form and expose their evil natures. To do this Thomas turns on one set of vows and return to his once lofty noble connections. He encounters old friends, a new love, and temptations that will try his conscience. And his very soul.

For Thomas is beginning to think that all that he knows may not be true. Faced with mortal love and friendships that he desperately wants and fears, he knows that time is growing short.

And the choice that he makes will reshape the world.

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Chapter I
Tuesday 30th April 1381LORD THOMAS NEVILLE walked slowly through the gardens of Windsor Castle, heading for the entrance to the King’s Cloister. He narrowed his eyes slightly against the mid-morning brightness of the sun, enjoying its welcome warmth even though its glare made his eyes ache.
Windsor Castle had long been favoured by the English kings, but since his coronation seven months ago, Bolingbroke had made it his main residence. He’d not wanted to reside in Westminster, which he thought cold and uncomfortable; the Savoy was still in ruins; Lambeth Palace was unavailable

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“Douglass is a powerful voice in high fantasy that readers can equate to the likes of Robert Jordan, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and Anne McCaffrey.”—Romantic Times BookClub Magazine

“Douglass excels in panoramic storytelling, combining faithful period detail with compelling characters”—Library Journal

Praise for Sara Douglass and The Crucible series

The Nameless Day

“Douglass has again brilliantly blended detailed research with religion and magic to reinterpret actual historical events…this captivating historical fantasy ranks with the best in the subgenre.”—Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Captivatingly written, this first installment of a planned trilogy should win fans of fantasy and historical fiction alike.”—Booklist

“Her best book yet…an intricately shaded tale from the black-and-white world of medieval religion.”—Romantic Times BookClub Magazine

“Filled with the intricate weave of religious and political history that made up an era when church and state were not yet divided, this powerfully written tale belongs in every fantasy collection and has strong appeal for fans of historical fiction.”—Library Journal

The Wounded Hawk

“Douglass puts her PhD in history to good use in skillful attention to period detail and credible medieval action, so that her saga should please fantasy enthusiasts, history buffs, and even fans of the Left Behind series.”—Booklist

“Historical fantasy aficionados should not miss this compelling multilayered series.”—Romantic Times BookClub Magazine (4 stars)

“Douglass seamlessly fuses the period’s class struggle for freedom against tyranny with a disturbingly vivid look at the ambiguous battle between good and evil.”—Publishers Weekly


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Sara Douglass

Sara Douglass was born in Penola, a small farming settlement in the south of Australia. She has a Ph.D. in Early Modern English History. Since 1995 Sara has been Australia's leading author of fantasy and one of its top novelists. She lives in Tasmania.

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The Crippled Angel
Book Three of 'The Crucible'
Sara Douglass

Mass Market Paperbound

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Fantasy
August 2006
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780765342843
ISBN10: 0765342847
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 512 pages
$7.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429911566
ISBN10: 1429911565
368 pages
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