Plagueman The Conflict Between The Mystical And The Barbarian In All Of Us Lt. Kierkive was a Kipchak Tartar warrior in the army of the Western Mongol Horde. Theresa was a beautiful young girl from Siena, Italy, preparing to take her vows as a nun in the Dominican order. Their lives cross in the mid-14th century, as the Black Death begins its sweep westward into Europe. Pope Clement VI sits on the papal throne in Avignon, France, surrounded by the cunning and conniving College of Cardinals and the secular Court of King Charles IV. It is a time of desperation and madness. For Theresa, Kierkive is a soul in need of compassion, mercy and salvation; yet at the same time this mysterious stranger from the east stirs within her passions of which she dare not speak. To him, she is an angel of mercy, opening his barbarian's heart and helping him discover the true meaning of love and sacrifice. "K. D. Kragen is incredible-drawing his reader inside medieval bedlam. He has an intimacy with all of the characters in this classic tale.
I felt transported to the colorful, yet bleak 14th century world, to see and sense the devastating plague, to witness barbarians leaving their prey stripped of dignity and will. How amazing that love could flourish amidst so much chaos-to see the spark of mystic spirit arise in the "Plagueman." Kragen has an instinctive abil-ity to understand our past and put the correct language and elements into his narrative, to serve up to us the succulent suspension of disbelief." Venera Di Bella Barles Author of They Was Holdin' Hands