Eden Waring has known fear in her life. She is an Avatar, a talented young psychic with the ability to produce at will her doppelganger - her mirror image, who calls herself "Gwen" and possesses remarkable powers beyond even Eden's gifts. Gwen can be invisible to mortal eyes, if she chooses to be, and can even travel back and forth in time.
As gifted as Eden and Gwen are, there is an even stronger entity that stalks them, coveting Gwen's unique talents. He is known as Mordant, the Dark Side of God, a being both ageless and deadly, so evil that his soul was split in two by the Caretakers, ancient souls in surprising positions of earthly influence, who are charged to watch over humankind. In order to regain his full potential for destruction and reach his goal of world domination, he must accomplish two goals: seduce Eden Waring through any means necessary and take away Eden's control of her own doppelganger.
In human form, Mordant is the ultimate trickster: handsome, wealthy, charming. But when he is provoked, he is nothing but deadly. Eden is his unwitting prey, stalked from the barren Rift Valley of Kenya to the holy streets of Rome, and finally to the neon glitz of Las Vegas, where a terrible and frightening reckoning is waiting to pounce on them both.
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John Farris lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the author of the classic thrillers Dragonfly, Soon She Will Be Gone, The Fury, and The Fury and the Terror.
Wilder and weirder than its predecessor (The Fury and the Terror), this second sequel to Farris's trendsetting supernatural thriller The Fury (1976) takes risks that will befuddle newcomers but titillate loyal fans used to his audacity. Once again second-generation psychic Eden Waring is pursued by malevolent forces hell-bent on harnessing her awesome and largely unrealized paranormal powers. This time the villain is the sinister demiurge Mordaunt, known to his adversaries as "The Dark Side of God." In the guise of stage magician Lincoln Grayle, Mordaunt has been endowing select attendees of his Vegas extravaganzas with fearsome shapeshifting powers, then using them as assassins against prominent world religious leaders. It's surely not a coincidence that these events draw Eden and her team of psychic operatives out of seclusion and into the magician's sphere: Mordaunt needs Eden's doppelganger, Gwen, who can travel through time, to retrieve the half of his soul imprisoned in a mortal form in 1926; he also plans to impregnate Eden to further his plans for domination of the earthly dimension. There are more twists and turns in the plot than in a nest full of snakes, but Farris distracts readers from the improbabilities and logic stretches with strategically timed blasts of paranormal pyrotechnics and old-fashioned gory gunplay. The ending holds a few disappointing surprises, including plot threads left dangling until the forthcoming Avenging Fury, but readers who have sojourned thus far in the strange and chaotic world of Farris's fiction will surely return for another installment. Last year Farris received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers Association.
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