The war hound and the world's pain, a fable
Heartsick at the atrocities he has seen perpetrated in the name of God during the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648), Captain Von Beck is sent by Satan to find the "Cure for the World's Pain," in order to free his soul from the Devil's grip. The sequel is The City in the Autumn Stars (1987).
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Review: The War Hound and the World's Pain (Von Bek #1)User Review - Otis Campbell - Goodreads
Behind those eyes lies the truth and grief... Behind those beautiful smiles I've seen tragedy... The flawless skin hides the secrets within... Silent forces that secretly ignite your sins. Read full review
Review: The War Hound and the World's Pain (Von Bek #1)User Review - Geoffrey - Goodreads
17th century Europe and Hell as settings? What's not to like? This first "confession" of a member if the Von Beck family is briskly paced, and contains a great deal more philosophy than sword & sorcery. I'm rather surprised it hasn't been adapted into a film. Read full review