The most evil book ever conceived falls into the hands of the leader of the Spanish Inquisition in this ingenious bibliomystery from the best-selling creator of Repairman Jack.
In the 15th century, the Spanish Inquisition spreads terror throughout the land, with Prior Toms de Torquemada serving as the ultimate judge of who will live and who will be consigned to the purifying flames. Never has Torquemada questioned his own faith or his sacred duty to rid the world of heretics, blasphemers, and nonbelievers. Now, however, an extraordinary volume has come into his possession - an ancient book that radiates pure evil. The prior realizes this abomination must be destroyed along with anyone who has come into contact with it, for it is surely the devil’s work, corrupting and possessing all those who touch it. But whom can Torquemada trust to help him achieve his mission now that The Compendium of Sremhas passed through numerous hands... including his own?
I've read ever book (canon and apocrypha) of the Adversary Cycle. It's my favorite horror universe. Few things jog my imagination as the world Wilson created and its many implications. The titular book mentioned here is a perfect example of Wilson's ability to send the imagination wandering down different roads. What was the antediluvian world like? This story was good, as are all of Wilson's books; however I wish he had elected to explore its mysterious origins rather than the period of the book's setting.
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