The Shadows of God

The Shadows of God


Book 4.0 of The Age of Unreason

Language: English

Publisher: Open Road Media

Published: Dec 22, 2015

Words: 103510
Pages: 376


**Angels and demons alike watch and wait as the last warriors of old Europe invade the New World in this magnificent conclusion to the Age of Unreason alternate history series** The alchemical catastrophe that Sir Isaac Newton inadvertently unleashed late in the seventeenth century has transformed Europe into a cold, dead wasteland in the eighteenth --much to the delight of the otherworldly malakim, who have set humanity at war with itself for the sin of dabbling in the arcane. The last inhabitable territory, the New World, is now the coveted prize of the surviving European warlords. From the West, Russian forces led by the Sun Boy, child of the powerful French sorceress Adrienne de Mornay de Montchevreuil, move relentlessly onward, leaving a trail of devastation in their wake. British troops in the East are equally merciless in their conquests. All that stands against them is a motley alliance of colonists, Native Americans, scientists, philosophers, displaced Europeans, and others led by Ben Franklin, now an alchemist of great repute, and Red Shoes, a Choctaw shaman with questionable motivations. But no matter who wins or loses, the manipulating angels and demons are always watching, and the malakim are determined to be the ultimate victors. In *The Shadows of God* , the Age of Unreason, Greg Keyes's magnificent alternate history series, comes to a stunning and most satisfying conclusion. It is the final chapter in a colorful, exciting, richly detailed, and ingeniously imagined chronicle of life on a damaged Earth where magic and science are on equal planes and history's icons inhabit a past that never was. ** ### From Publishers Weekly In the fourth and final volume in his Age of Unreason series (Newton's Cannon, etc.), Keyes brings his multi-threaded yarn to a thrilling conclusion. Based on the premise that Sir Isaac Newton devised a theory of alchemy that led to the industrial use of demons, the book builds to a climactic confrontation to see who will reshape the universe. Chief among Newton's apprentices are wizard/scientist Benjamin Franklin, South Carolina's ambassador to the court of New Paris (Mobile), and Adrienne de Montchevreuil, sorceress and heir to a secret tradition. Against them is Adrienne's son, Nicolas (aka the Sun Boy), with his army of Russians, Mongols and Coweta natives that sweeps over the Great Plains. Such imaginative devices as demon-levitated airships and aetherschreibers (wireless sets) lend interest to the author's alternate 18th-century world, as do revelations behind certain historical events, like the identity of who helped Louis XIV drop a comet on London. Keyes entertains both with details of everyday life and with the conversations of people who may not have met but should have. He produces a fine pastiche of the formal writing of Voltaire (who appears as Franklin's friend and rival), marred only by a more modern "crash cut" narrative, which occasionally jumps mid-scene or reverses chronology, diffusing the suspense. Still, with the unfolding of secrets and past deeds, Keyes brings a welcome level of character uncertainty to the deterministic Newtonian novel. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc. ### From Library Journal The universe lies on the verge of destruction as demons and angels use mortal wizards and scientists as their agents in a war that pits the forces of a devastated Europe against a handful of American colonists struggling for freedom and survival. In Keyes's heady conclusion to his epic sf tetralogy (which includes Newton's Cannon, A Calculus of Angels, and Empire of Unreason) alchemical wizard Benjamin Franklin uses magic and diplomacy to unite warring factions in a grand alliance to save humanity. Spicing his alternate historical fantasy with Swedenborgian metaphysics and Newtonian physics, Keyes peoples his story with a cast of unforgettable fictional and historical characters. Though dependent on the earlier books, this vivid story of a world in the throes of revolution is highly recommended for all collections. Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.