by Lillian Stewart Carl
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
450 pages; ISBN: 0786253487
Rating: 10/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury did not die a martyr’s death in 1170 as the history books proclaim. At the last minute, he decided to escape and an innocent monk named David willingly gave up his life for the cause. As his punishment for his overwhelming pride, Sir Becket was granted eternal life so he could atone for his sins.
In the present, he is living in Temple Manor in Glastonbury guarding one third of the Holy Grail. His path crosses that of Maggie Sinclair and Rose Kildaire who, along with Scotsman Mick Dewar, are the key to finding the stone, the second part of the grail. On the eve of the new millennium these four reluctant warriors are enjoined by the Lady to unite the book to the stone and the cup to ensure another millennium of life for humanity. Trying, to stop them is Robin Fitzroy, a being who long ago allied himself with the dark principalities. If Robin can stop them, the world will enter the End Times.
LUCIFER’S CROWN uses the archetypes from many different cultures, legends, and myth to create an original good vs. evil story line. The characters are what make this plot so unique because all the protagonists are fatally flawed yet reject evil again and again even when they are tempted beyond measure. Hearts will go out to Becket, a man who has lived eight centuries and never loses faith even though he has yet to find his own ease of heart.
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