Devil's Lair is an epic fantasy set in Dante's Inferno.
A medieval knight leads a quest through Hell to recover the Holy Grail from the Devil. The knight, Marco da Roma, is joined by: Giovanni Boccaccio, an expert on Dante; William of Ockham, an English friar; and Nadja, an epileptic with the gift of prophecy. As the Black Death sweeps through Europe, these unlikely heroes confront the Devil--and their own demons--to forestall the Apocalypse.
“William of Ockham walked barefoot through the carnage. Slaughtered knights and fallen horses festered on the battlefield. A thousand naked corpses lay broken upon the earth, and in that multitude a few unlucky men survived, weltering in their own blood, crying out for God. The fighting was over but the dying would go on for days.”
This is the beginning of The Devil’s Lair and from these four sentences I was hooked! Mr Wisehart has written a beautifully crafted novel, with characters that you care about, laugh with and cry with. He immerses you in the period with such vivid descriptions, that you journey with this band of unlikely heroes step by step. An outstanding novel that will stay with you long after you read the last word. If it were possible I would give it more than 5*s. Very highly recommended.