Tersias

Tersias

Please note that this review may contain spoilers for earlier instalments of this series. You can read my review of these novels [here] and [here].

Tersias was written by G.P. Taylor and first published in 2005. It is a Christian horror story set in an alternate version of Georgian London and forms the third part of The Shadowmancer Quartet. This novel was preceded by Shadowmancer (2002) and Wormwood (2004) and followed by The Shadowmancer Returns: Curse of Salamander Street (2006). Although it technically follows on from the events of Wormwood, Tersias does not contain any of the same characters or require any knowledge of the events of its precursor and so could be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.

The comet Wormwood has now passed and London escaped destruction, however the city has still fallen into decay. Fallen chunks of ice have destroyed many of the major landmarks and left a majority of the city dwellers too frightened to return. Those that remain live a life of constant debauchery and crime – circuses perform in the streets and beggars and thieves haunt the shadows. It is not long before something worse still begins to rise.

When the failed magician Magnus Malachi purchases Tersias – a blind twelve year old boy – he originally hopes to use the boy’s disability to line his pockets. However, he realises that Tersias is much more valuable when he finds that the boy has visions of the future. An invisible creature known only as the Wretchkin comes to Tersias and whispers the answers to questions in his ear, all of which turn out to be true. Seeing that he could easily make his fortune Malachi puts the boy on display, however this quickly draws the attention of some very dangerous men.

Lord Malpas has just been robbed by a pair of highwayman – teenage Jonah Ketch and his partner-in-crime, Tara. They have taken from him two powerful artefacts and he desperately needs them back. The crazed zealot Solomon also has an interest in Tersias’s power as he believes that the oracle is destined to be at his side when London finally falls to its vices – an end that he intends to spur through use of his genetically engineered monsters. While they all seek to use Tersias for their own ends, a worry lies in the boy’s mind. Just what is the Wretchkin and is it a being of good or evil?

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