“A completely naked man was on his knees next to the pile of her veils. Despite his skin covered with infected wounds, the fatigue that creased his features, the feverish glow of his green eyes, the brambles clinging to his black and curly hair, he looked like a legendary prince.”
For centuries, the Church of the Venerable Oak has held in its grip the societies that inhabit the galaxy. In this universe devastated by obscurantism, a man with an exceptional destiny emerges: Rohel the Vioter, the embodiment of the hope of a reconquered freedom.
When the mysterious “Garloups Cartel” abducts his wife, Rohel joins the secret service of the Church of the Venerable Oak to steal a secret mental formula with devastating powers. Chased from world to world by fanatical powers determined to seize the secret, he must find the mythical Asmine d'Alba, healer of the Black Moon, the only one able to save him from the poison inoculated by the Venerable Oak.
The only one able to save them all.
“A splendid universe.
An ode to one’s inner richness, as it is often the case in Pierre Bordage’s work.
A fierce critique of religion; not as an ideology, but in the way humankind uses it.
The adventures are well narrated, the story is bewitching.
For space opera enthusiasts, it is a truly fine book.”