Local author J. Todd Kingrea is releasing his debut book, The Witchfinder, on Sept. 23. It is the series opener of The Deiparian Saga.
Review for The Witchfinder:
In a post-apocalyptic world where tyranny and medieval torture reign supreme and witch burnings are an everyday occurrence, a top Witchfinder must confront the very Church he serves when he learns of its dark past and twisted plans for the future.
Society has clawed its way back to a medieval level of achievement. The Church of the Deiparous is God. Personal freedoms are heavily regulated. And as a new millennium draws closer, a conspiracy birthed in blood and evil prepares to launch its own thousand-year reign.
“The Witchfinder is about freedom, specifically freedom from any oppressive regime. It’s about the fight to resist and overcome tyranny,” says author J. Todd Kingrea. “On a deeper level, the story is about relationships and how they impact us, bringing out the best and the worst. It’s also about the transformative power of hope, forgiveness and identity.”
The Deiparian Saga centers around Malachi Thorne, the top Witchfinder in the Church. Thorne is a man on the fast track to greater things so when a convicted traitor and heretic escapes his grip, he won’t tolerate it marring his perfect record. As he pursues his quarry, he must confront demons, sorcery, and a cult of witches out for his blood. But when Thorne comes face to face with the Church’s dark past and its twisted present, his faith is tested to its limits. He must decide who and what he believes in, and what he will do about it.
Blending the magical fantasy of The Pagan Night by Tim Akers, the action and post-apocalyptic setting of D.J. Molles’s The Remaining series, and the religious flavors of A Canticle For Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr., and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, the novel will appeal to a large demographic.
Releasing worldwide on Sept. 23, The Witchfinder is published by BHC Press and is available for preorder in hardcover, trade softcover, and ebook at all major retailers and booksellers, including Bookshop.org.
Booksellers, retailers, and librarians may order direct from Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Gardners, Overdrive, Perma-Bound, and the publisher’s website.
J. Todd Kingrea is the author of the Deiparian Saga. The Witchfinder is his debut novel. An ordained pastor, he lives with his wife in Tennessee with their dogs, plenty of 80s metal, and an ever-expanding movie collection.