Of Love and Evil by Anne Rice
(Songs of the Seraphim, Book 2)

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“I dreamed a dream of angels. I saw them and heard them in a great and endless galactic night. I saw the lights that were these angels, flying here and there, in streaks of irresistible brilliance . . . I felt love around me in this vast and seamless realm of sound and light . . . And something akin to sadness swept me up and mingled my very essence with the voices who sang, because the voices were singing of me . . . ”

Thus begins Anne Rice’s lyrical, haunting new novel, a metaphysical thriller of angels and assassins that once again summons up dark and dangerous worlds set in times past. Anne Rice takes us to other realms, this time to the world of fifteenth-century Rome, a city of domes and rooftop gardens, rising towers and crosses beneath an ever-shifting layer of clouds; familiar hills and tall pines . . . of Michelangelo and Raphael, of the Holy Inquisition and of Leo X, second son of a Medici, holding forth from the papal throne . . .

And into this time, into this century, Toby O’Dare, former government assassin, is summoned by the angel Malchiah to solve a terrible crime of poisoning and to search out the truth of a haunting by an earthbound restless spirit—a diabolical dybbuk.

O’Dare soon discovers himself in the midst of dark plots and counterplots surrounded by a darker and more dangerous threat as the veil of ecclesiastical terror closes in around him.

As he embarks on a powerful journey of atonement, O’Dare is reconnected with his own past, with matters light and dark, fierce and tender, with the promise of salvation and with a deeper and richer vision of love.


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About Anne Rice

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Anne Rice is the author of twenty-nine books. She lives in Rancho Mirage, California.
 
Published November 29, 2010 by Anchor. 258 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Horror. Fiction

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A time traveler, O’Dare touches down in Renaissance Italy, assigned by his angelic mentor the task of guarding Vitale, a desperate Jewish physician whose house is possessed by a dybbuk (ghost).

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BC Books

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Then, Malchiah sends Toby on a new mission in 15th century Rome.

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There was a time when a new Anne Rice book mattered.

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Examiner

Of Love and Evil is the second novel in Anne Rice’s Songs of the Seraphim series.

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New York Journal of Books

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Of Love and Evil reads like a “bridge” book, existing solely to tie two works together, despite the fact that it isn’t the middle book in a trilogy, but rather one of the first books in a proposed series.Rice’s internal characterization of Toby is, for the most part, unseen.

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Book Reporter

Exhilarated by his love for God, Toby now throws himself completely into his errands, journeys that are only humanly possible because of the existence of Angel Time.

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The Washington Post

As anyone who follows Anne Rice's career knows, a few months ago she renounced Christianity, leaving the Roman Catholic Church, to which she had returned as an adult after leaving in her teens.

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Deseret News

More than 30 years after penning the now-classic "Interview With a Vampire," best-selling author Anne Rice retains her knack for spinning an intoxicating yarn.

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