My wife and I read this on another site when it was just a fledgling product. How wonderful to see it now, not only hatched but brought to the fullest fruition of its glorious potential. Bad Bishop is a big book, bordering on an epic, but is so well-written - and so deliciously intricate - that one doesn't just read it, one savours it. The story of 'chess playing' vampires ("Oh no, not vampires!" you might say, but hang on, these are real people, not Buffy or Christopher Lee!) gambitting on the board of medieval Europe is one that plays out slowly, like a ball of unravelling string, and the initial murder in Dijon cascades out into a myriad of mini-plots that will have you gripped to your seat. Think 'The Name of the Rose'...but with teeth!
This alternative history chronicles the political rivalry of a special group of beings, once human but now with extraordinary powers and long lives. Almost immortal, the oldest amongst them have seen the Roman civilisation flourish and then fall, while others have their roots in Ancient Greece and even Egypt. Set in Medieval Europe and Norman Britain, it's a story rich in Frankish history and told with passion and wisdom. I fell in love with main characters, Kyrus and Amarante, and enjoyed seeing their love for each other develop as the dramatic story unfolds. Highly recommended.
'The words he spoke wove images in the mind more vivid and vibrant than any imagining...' This delightful quote from Bad Bishop sums up one of the most thought-provoking novels I have read for a long time. It is, in turn, a love story, a horror story, a fantasy and a frightening glimpse of how some other world might be, inhabited by ex-mortals of a very different kind. Travel back to A.D 1120 and begin the journey...you'll be glad you did.