Imagine: You are a woman with two children, traveling to Rome, with a stopover at an old abbey in the Italian Alps. What you do not know is that ancient evils--and an ancient hero--are about to clash in a cataclysmic way within the abbey's storm-battered walls.
Huggins knows how to tell a fast-paced tale. He's proven that in books such as "Cain" and "Leviathan." In his best book, "Rora," he mixed history, spirituality, and suspense seamlessly. Along the way, though, his increasingly gritty style has alienated some of his readers of faith.
"Nightbringer" is a return to Huggins' earlier, cleaner style, while bringing with it all the great storytelling he has honed. Although the childrens' personalities are never explored, and the mother's career is conveniently apropos and unexplained, the book is a wonderful thriller based on a spiritual battle. Huggins throws in his military tactics and knowledge. But he also leads up to a satisfying exploration of faith in the face of overwhelming odds.
If you like atmospheric stories and bone-crunching verbs, you'll love "Nightbringer." It's Huggins at his best.