The GodforsakenIn the dark days of the Inquisition, a cursed Spanish prince must wrestle with the ravenous demon that lives inside him
At the height of Europe’s bloody 16th century, as Spain suffers under the iron cruelty of the Inquisition, a different sort of horror plagues the royal house of King Alonzo. A witch’s curse directed at the heartless liege has borne bitter fruit, damning the innocent offspring of el rey. The brooding and sensitive son and heir to the throne, Don Rolon, wanders the great halls of the ancestral home carrying the weight of his unloving father’s crimes in his bones and blood. Torn between his deeply felt religious beliefs and a gnawing hunger, he must somehow deal with a looming threat far more powerful than his murderously jealous brother and the manipulations of a corrupt and self-serving officer of a malevolent church. For when the full moon rises, Don Rolon will be forced to surrender to his unholy needs as the beast within him is unleashed once more.
A chilling, atmospheric, and enthralling novel of destiny and darkness, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s The Godforsaken ingeniously evokes the myriad horrors of a terrible epoch. This classic werewolf tale is brilliantly reimagined by an acclaimed Grand Master of dark fantasy, a true giant in the field of historical horror fiction.
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“An impressive perfomance! . . . Vivid . . . Excellent . . . Her best yet.” —Peter Straub
“[The Godforsaken draws] a richly detailed portrait of a time and place you would never want to live in. It offers a different concept of werewolves than the current trend, and presents several complex and engaging characters, especially the dwarf court jester, Lugantes. Fans of Yarbro’s Saint-Germain series will find many similarities and parallels to those books.” —Blogcritics.org
“Chelsea Quinn Yarbro at her brilliant best . . . Few can match her magic.” —Robert Bloch
About the author
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Chelsea Q. Yarbro is the first woman to be named a Living Legend by the International Horror Guild and is one of only two women ever to be named as Grand Master of the World Horror Convention (2003). In 1995, Yarbro was the only novelist guest of the Romanian government for the First World Dracula Congress, sponsored by the Transylvanian Society of Dracula, the Romanian Bureau of Tourism, and the Romanian Ministry of Culture. Yarbro is best known as the creator of the heroic vampire the Count Saint‑Germain. With her creation of Saint‑Germain, she delved into history and vampiric literature and subverted the standard myth to invent the first vampire who was more honorable, humane, and heroic than most of the humans around him. She fully meshed the vampire with romance and accurately detailed historical fiction, and filtered it through a feminist perspective that made both the giving of sustenance and its taking of equal erotic potency. A professional writer since 1968, Yarbro has worked in a wide variety of genres, from science fiction to Westerns, from young adult adventure to historical horror. A skeptical occultist for forty years, Yarbro has studied everything from alchemy to zoomancy, and in the late 1970s worked occasionally as a professional tarot card reader and palmist at the Magic Cellar in San Francisco.