Immerse yourself body and soul into this remarkable second story in Lang’s Lady Lazarus trilogy. The author brings us hints of dialogue from a bygone era, epic WWII battle scenes and massacres the likes of which Murrow never reported on, characters both spectral and earthly and creatures both heavenly and demonic, that will terrify and endear in equal measures. A riveting must-read for the true historical fantasy fan. Readers take note: the novels should be read in order for best effect.
In the summer of 1939 Hitler begins his murderous march through Poland. Armed with her seer sister’s dire predictions of mass murder, the love and support of her fallen angel Raziel, her small band of followers and Churchill’s belief in her, Lazarus witch, summoner of souls and Jew, Magda marches into Poland. She’s armed with a mix of magics and mortals, and she’s got God on her side to save the Jews of Poland. But once she gets there, she realizes that things are most dire, and it’s almost certain death for herself and her loved ones. Magda must look deep inside herself to find the answers that will lead her to a Dark Victory. (TOR, Jan., 320 pp., $25.99)