THE CRIPPLED ANGEL
Thomas Neville's world is falling apart. When he grew up, religion was paramount, but that's been sundered, and he faces a choice that will determine the fate of all mankind. He knows that this isn't merely a shift in perspective for humanity but also the result of a war between angels and demons.
The angels pull out all the stops to try
to force Thomas to choose their side, including an outbreak of the plague, which is described in graphic and horrific detail. But ultimately, Thomas must go with what is in his heart.
In this wonderful and moving conclusion to the Crucible series, Thomas, while sometimes unlikable, is a very human character in the midst of the battle between good and evil. Douglass does play a bit fast and loose with the historical timeline, but she pulls it together so well that the joins are barely visible. Fascinating to the end, readers should be quite satisfied by this entry. (Jan., 368 pp., $25.95)