Saturday, October 17, 2009

Book Tour ~ In the Arms of Immortals

In the Arms of Immortals: Chronicles of the Scribe by Ginger Garrett

Description from the Publisher:

In another heart-stopping historical fiction thriller from the author of In the Shadow of the Lions, critically acclaimed author Ginger Garrett paints a captivating portrait of a time when terror ruled and faith was hard to come by. In the Arms of Immortals (David C Cook, September 2009) travels a richly imagined journey into a key moment of history…the arrival of the Black Death in Europe.

This story of unseen battle, loving presence, and eventual redemption begins when a strange ship docks in a medieval Sicilian harbor. That night an old man falls ill… then the baker’s wife… then a street urchin. By morning half the townspeople are dead and more are dying—horribly. And no one has a clue what is happening or how to stop it. Not the local priest. Not the rich baron or his powerful knight. And not the three women at the heart of this book: the baron’s proud daughter, Panthea, the outcast healer, Gio, and Mariskka, an unwilling visitor from another time.
Though the Church fights to stand between the plague and the people, the sickness is too powerful for a Church that will not allow medicine to be studied outside its walls. The Church holds a monopoly on healing and on God, but when neither rescues the people, the people lose hope in both, and the conflict between Science and Faith begins its long burn. In a time when the faithful have no answers and the faithless terrorize the countryside, only the bravest will dare hold on to a silent God.

The Chronicles of the Scribe Series are thrilling tales of an angelic presence called “the Scribe, the first writer”—dictated to a series of twentieth-century strugglers, but lived out in the pages of history. Each of Garrett’s novels in the series targets a different significant moment of the past—both its mundane reality and supernatural significance—with a special emphasis on women’s experience. Tautly suspenseful and deeply moving, In the Arms of Immortals will deftly lift readers into its fascinating narrative of angels and demons, mortality and immortality.

My thoughts:
Mixing a current character and weaving her into a historical story, Ginger Garrett takes us back to medievel times and explores the spiritual context of the Black plague, that which might have happened in the spiritual realm during the plague. The research of these times that the author has done comes through in each part of the story and the darkness of the world at that time is retold in a way that makes the story very, very real. If you are at all interested in stories that reveal the spiritual element in real historical settings, you will find yourself drawn into the characters presented in In the Arms of Immortals.

In the Arms of Immortals is available here.

Author website here.

This book was provided for review by David C. Cook


Karyn said...

Sounds intriguing. I'll be on the lookout for it!

Thanks for the review

Marg said...

How ready I've been for some new reviews on books as for my up coming vacation. Thanks.

Nina said...

This one sounds very lovley, i never heard of this author before,but i think i am going to try this one..