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Author: Susan Howatch Narrator: Roe Kendall Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Starbridge Series Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781483074900
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Nicholas Darrow, a strong-willed and independent young man, has grown up under the shadow of the Church of England and the loving but watchful eye of his father, an Anglican priest. Like his father, he has both a gift and a burden in the form of psychic abilities. Although his father warns him to nurture his special powers with care, Nicholas can see no harm in the occasional dazzling “psychic flourish”—until one results in a friend’s attempted suicide.

Now, staggering under the weight of remorse, horrified by the dangerous edge of his powers, Nicholas moves toward the brink of emotional collapse. When a terrifying vision suggests to him that he might literally be possessed, he must at last begin to face the truth of his past—and, in particular, of his relationship with his father—to find the one path that may lead him out of the seemingly impenetrable darkness that engulfs him.

A compelling mix of psychology and theology, this suspenseful novel will leave you breathless.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Arguably no one writing today can equal Howatch’s ability to write compelling novels that combine theology and psychology in a complex, fast-moving plot offering beautifully delineated characters and the suspense of a mystery/thriller…The denouement will leave readers breathless.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “One of the most original novelists writing today.”


  • Mystical Paths covers in a profound and theologically thoughtful way the powers of light and powers of darkness.”

    Catholic Herald

  • “A sure-fire hit.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 3/14/2011

    " I enjoyed this series very much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison | 10/6/2010

    " My least favorite of this series. The explanation of Nicholas's vision seems TOO far-fetched, and the character of Christian was so unpleasant that I have never enjoyed reading about him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 5/19/2010

    " One of the great things about this book is that it leads oh so skillfully into the St. Benet trilogy. Not only does it fit into the Starbridge series and capture the spirit of the 1960's, it provides a great framework for the stories of the 1980's and 1990's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marjorie | 10/20/2008

    " I really enjoyed this, I read it after I had read Wonder Worker, so it was interesting to learn the background of Nick. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 9/8/2008

    " This series is built around an English cathedral community. Each book focuses on one of the major players. All of the players are present in all of the books, so the reader sees the same events from differing perspectives. Engrossing. IMO, Howatch's best work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chamie | 9/4/2008


  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 4/21/2008

    " See review of Glittering Images. "

About the Author

Susan Howatch is a British novelist who has penned bestselling mysteries, family sagas, and other novels. Howatch was born in Surrey, England. She began writing as a teen and published her first book when she moved to the United States in 1964. Howatch found global success first with her five sagas and then with her novels about the Church of England in the twentieth century. She has now returned to live in Surrey.

About the Narrator

Roe Kendall (a.k.a. Vanessa Benjamin), a native of the British Isles, graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London. She has performed on stage, as a voice-over artist, and as an audiobook narrator.