This sample includes the first three chapters of the historical novel.
In 13th-century France, heretics protect an ancient scroll that holds shattering revelations about Jesus of Nazareth. Esclarmonde de Foix, a noblewoman of Occitania, must defy the most powerful pope in history to preserve the Cathar faith. In this epic of esoteric intrigue, crusading fanaticism, and religious war, Christianity enters its darkest hour and emerges forever scarred.
- Honorable Mention Award for Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year in Historical Fiction.
- NIEA Award Winner for Best New Fiction
- Eric Hoffer Finalist/Honorable Mention Award
- IPPY Silver Award Winner
- Nautilus Silver Award Winner
A graduate of Indiana University School of Law and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Glen Craney practiced trial law before joining the Washington press corps to cover national politics and the Iran-contra trial for Congressional Quarterly magazine. The Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences awarded him the Nicholl Fellowship for best new screenwriting. His debut novel, The Fire and the Light, was named Best New Fiction by the National Indie Excellence Awards and an Honorable Mention winner by Foreword Magazine for its Book of the Year in historical fiction. In 2014, two of his historical novels--The Yanks Are Starving and The Spider and the Stone--were named Foreword finalists for its BOYTA award. He lives in southern California.
Genres: Historical Fiction and Mystery-Thrillers.
"This book is clearly well-researched, but more importantly for a novel, it tells a thoroughly engrossing story. ... [A] well-told epic of faith and love."
-- The Historical Novel Society
"Glen Craney’s goal may have been to tell the story of the Cathars, but in the process he has painted a portrait of the whole of medieval culture. It is also difficult to classify the book to a single genre. There is action. Mysteries abound, including the role of the Cathars in the protection of the Holy Grail and the Mandylion Sudarium. There’s romance. Tenets of the Cathar faith are explained and many of Esclarmonde’s mystical experiences beautifully rendered."
"An incredible, mesmerizing book!"
-- Goodreads member review