Elisha Barber is a dark and gritty read. It sets a fast pace that pulls the reader along, unable to put the book down for fear of missing the next chilling scene. Through much turmoil and suffering, Elisha finds hope and magic. And experiences a gauntlet of wonderful and terrible things that humans are capable of doing. Along the way he is tested to his limits and must have the strength to choose good over evil. This is a very well written and exciting read.
After the terrible day, he lost those that her loved, Elisha Barber is sent out to war to serve his king, healing the soldiers injured in battle. He hopes to rectify the wrongs he has done to his family by saving those most in need. He has never been near a battle before and when he begins working at the battle site he is not sure that he can handle all the pain and suffering. But, things begin to look up after he meets a beautiful woman who tells him that he is magic and that his coming was foretold. Does he dare risk prosecution to learn the wonders of magic that may hold the key to saving lives?
England in the fourteenth century: a land of poverty and opulence, prayer and plague?witchcraft and necromancy.
As a child, Elisha witnessed the burning of a witch outside of London, and saw her transformed into an angel at the moment of her death, though all around him denied this vision. He swore that the next time he might have the chance to bind an angel’s wounds, he would be ready. And so he became a barber surgeon, at the lowest ranks of the medical profession, following the only healer’s path available to a peasant’s son.
Elisha Barber is good at his work, but skill alone cannot protect him. In a single catastrophic day, Elisha’s attempt to deliver his brother’s child leaves his family ruined, and Elisha himself accused of murder. Then a haughty physician offers him a way out: come serve as a battle surgeon in an unjust war.
Between tending to the wounded soldiers and protecting them from the physicians’ experiments, Elisha works night and day. Even so, he soon discovers that he has an affinity for magic, drawn into the world of sorcery by Brigit, a beautiful young witch?who reminds him uncannily of the angel he saw burn.
In the crucible of combat, utterly at the mercy of his capricious superiors, Elisha must attempt to unravel conspiracies both magical and mundane, as well as come to terms with his own disturbing new abilities. But the only things more dangerous than the questions he’s asking are the answers he may reveal.
E. C. Ambrose writes with a razor’s ruthless precision, and draws new blood from the medieval world you thought you knew.