SALVATION MUST BE PAID IN BLOOD.
The Black Death ravages 14th century Europe. Kingdoms crumble, cities fall, family members abandon one another. God has forsaken His children and now chaos reigns.
A young man who has lost everything is swept up in the turmoil and finds his calling in the Brotherhood of the Cross – groups of pious men and women who viciously whip themselves as they parade through the streets of sinful cities, hoping their sacrifice will atone for the iniquities of the people. As the scars grow on Nikolai’s back, he purges himself of lust, fear, and doubt, but the price he pays will threaten his very soul.
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Mark Carver was born in Queens, New York. After graduating from Toccoa Falls College in 2005 with a degree in English Literature, he hopped on a plane to China. He worked for 8 years at various Chinese universities, teaching spoken English and writing.
In 2009, Mark married a lovely Chinese girl named Tina. Their son Nolan Z was born in 2010, their daughter Zoe Ann was born in 2013, and another daughter Nora Snow was born in 2016. Mark now lives with his family in Atlanta, GA, where he teaches ESL at a local university.
Mark loves art in all forms, and this is reflected in his enthusiasm for tattoos. Mark currently has more than 20 tattoos, some with significant meaning, and others that are simply for fun. He also enjoys art, listening to heavy metal music, and studying medieval architecture.
Mark’s reading list skews heavily towards classical literature, specifically from the medieval, American Romantic, and Gothic periods. His favorite works include The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Dracula by Bram Stoker, The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis, and many more. These works have had a profound effect on Mark’s writing style and subject matter.