Crucible of Time

Deathlands 44: Crucible of Time

Author Laurence James
Illustrator Michael Herring
Publication date January 1999
ISBN 0-373-62544-8
Publication Order
Preceded by
Dark Emblem
Followed by

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In the Centuries after the nuclear devastation of America, life favours those who maintain their fighting edge in the lawless wastelands. In a nearly untouched remnant of California, a land of pines and roaring rivers, forgetfulness is tempting for a much-tried band of warrior survivalists. But Ryan Cawdor, son of an East Coast Baron, knows that in the Deathlands even a tiny glimpse of heaven can be a portal to hell.


An insular group of fanatics calling itself the Children of the Rock is leaving a trail of barbarism and a growing tide of hate in it's wake. The leader of the cult is connected to Ryan's past - to Trader and the war wagon days. Littered with victors and losers, it's a past some can't walk away from... In this haven in a ravaged country, Ryan and his warrior wayfarers find that new laws of survival have emerged.

In the Deathlands, the wrong move buys eternity.



  • Laurence James then solely wrote the Deathlands series up to and including Eclipse at Noon. However, due to failing health he was forced to leave the series in 1995. Prior to his death in February 2000, James wrote one last novel, Crucible of Time, which was released in 1998.
  • The meal scene bares a striking resemblance to a similar scene in Earth Blood: Aurora Quest, a three novel series, also under the pen name of James Axler, and written by Laurence James.




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