The Book of Skulls Author:Robert Silverberg The story concerns four students who discover a manuscript, The Book of Skulls, which reveals the existence of a sect, now living in the Arizona desert, whose members can offer immortality to those who complete its initiation rite. To their surprise, they discover that the sect survives, and is willing to accept them as acolytes. — But for each g... more »roup of four who enter the rite, two must die in order for the others to succeed - one by murder, the other by suicide. Successive chapters are told from the viewpoints of each of the four students, giving the multiple views of the events and of the characters of the four, since each is seen from both his own and each of the other's point of view. The events of the novel form a journey of self-discovery for each of the viewpoint characters.
The nature and true purpose of the Brotherhood of the Skull remain mysterious, and the sect is mostly there as a device to focus the intertwined journeys of self-discovery.« less