Seacage by Lolah Burford
Suddenly he knew where he was. He was in the cage. He was out in the sea,
on a pinnacle of rock, and he was in the cage. His spirit screamed once, in
sidlen agony, and then was quiet. My God. It was the end.
Seacage is a tempestuous tale of savagery and lust, of revenge and
repentance. Lolah Burford takes us back in time to the beginning of the
Christian era where love and hate knew no boundaries. Where passions raged
byond the laws of man.
The Setting: A mediteranean kingdom where a young king, deposed and
blinded, is left to die in a bronze cage on a rocky isle in the slaty sea.
He knows not why he is imprisioned. He remembers little except having been
brought there, thrust into the cage through fire, and left to rot. There is
no food, no water, no shelter, no escape. It is a place of death.
Thoughts come to him from out of the past, from another time. He remembers,
as a boy, seeing the cage at a great distance, its large body swaying
violently, a reminder of the brutaltiy of man. He was told it was death to
go near, not death by law but that the waters near the rock jutting from the
sea were dangerous, full of eddies and whirlpools and changed direction
without warning and sucked boats and men down into their depths, never to be
returned. Some said the cage was given by the gods themselves, for the
punishment of fallen kings. The facts were not known, only guessed at.
He wept at his fate. So harsh a sentence passed on one so young and untried
in life. Yet, suddenly, the course of his life changes. Three voices speak
to him: his conscience, his God, and the woman Anita. Is she the agent of
his destruction or his only hope of salvation?
Rape, murder, and unspeakable tortures mount to a shattering climax as the
two lovers trimuph over the bronze seacage. Together they live and love
passionately. Theirs is a story for all time
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