Dr Sabian Blake - astronomer, scientist, and master of the
Kabbalah - is in possession of the Nemorensis, an ancient
leather-bound book that holds the secrets of the universe.
Leafing through it one night, Dr Blake discovers a mysterious
inscription in the margin that reads: "Wormwood... the
bright star shall fall from the sky... and many will die from
its bitterness." Deciphering
this prophecy could prove the key to saving London from a
there are others interested in the Nemorensis too - and for
more sinister reasons. Dr Blake and his serving maid Agetta
Lamian soon become enmeshed in a web of sorcery, as agents
of both good and evil battle to possess the book and gain
its power. They will face great danger, and must decide who
to trust - for the wrong decision could cost them their souls.
is set during the 1750s in Holborn, London and sees a serious
threat to mankind - in the form of a comet, Wormwood, which
is headed straight for earth. In many ways, this book brings
to mind classic tales like The War of the Worlds and
Quatermass and the Pit.
Powell is an inspired choice of narrator. Not only does he
successfully manage to engage the reader in the story, but
his voice characterisations of the main players is extremely
four disc collection also includes a seven minute interview
with G.P. Taylor where he discusses various elements about
his life and work. It was interesting to hear that he lived
next to a graveyard - which he claimed was the "dead
centre of the village." (poor joke... and I'm not sure
it was intentional either).
interesting, although slightly clichéd story, that
will keep you entertained for the duration.
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