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Wormwood (Wormwood #1)

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  114 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
Against a devastated landscape, a legion of one hundred fierce half-angels is hell bent on purging the Earth of all humans. But one of them, the tormented Tiamat, struggles against his mission, and when he rescues a beautiful woman named Kali, he finds the attraction as troubling as it is dangerous. Can Kali trust the one creature who could be responsible for her ultimate ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published September 26th 2011 by Black Wraith Books (first published September 24th 2011)
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D.H. Nevins
Jul 13, 2014 D.H. Nevins rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars! Heh, heh... I'm a little biased, but still, I should be able to rate my own book, right?
Midu Hadi
Jan 19, 2012 Midu Hadi rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who wouldn't mind a religious flavor in their PA books
The author was kind enough to give me a copy of her book and too sweet to ask for a review. So here goes:
the book was the right length and I didn't mind the cliffhanger at the end because the main conflict of the book was resolved.
I really liked Kali-how she fought to stay alive and never gave up. Her optimism was her strength. However, she showed the typical YA heroine indecisiveness- I love Tiamat, I hate him.
Another thing I found to be odd was that Kali wasn't a religious person yet she seem
Jan 26, 2012 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
I have a confession. Before reading Wormwood, I was not a huge fan of either post-apocalypse and/or angel storylines. But I heard so many wonderful things about this book that I had to put aside my previous likes and dislikes and give this one a go. And boy am I glad that I did! I cannot say enough about Wormwood. D.H. Nevins did a beautiful job setting up this story to feel like you are right there with Kali as the apocalypse is happening. She is a really strong, independent chick who was put i ...more
Brandee Price
Jan 12, 2014 Brandee Price rated it it was amazing
Wormwood is a post-apocalyptic tale told through the eyes of one who survived it, as she interacts with the one who was the implement of all the destruction. It is a gripping tale with so many plot twists and turns. It is grim and bleak, but imparted with gorgeous prose.

Kali Michaels, our heroine, is enjoying a hike in the woods around her home when the world begins to disintegrate around her. Making her way to a ridge, while dodging falling trees and boulders, she comes across a man she met 10
Misty Battle
Aug 23, 2013 Misty Battle rated it really liked it
I contacted this author about doing a book review on her book Wormwood. I stepped outside my genre in hopes of finding something fresh for my mind to absorb. The reviews preexisting were fabulous, so I had to get my hands on a copy of this book. Not to mention the trailer left you wanting to know the main characters, their struggles, and how it ended. I was pleasantly surprised that the book immediately jumped into the action. There was no long build-up I am used to. It grabbed your attention fr ...more
Jeannie Walker
Jun 28, 2012 Jeannie Walker rated it it was amazing
The mythical creatures in this novel are larger than life. The author shows the readers glimpses that the main character, Kali Michaels, is a strong and fascinating woman. Early in her life, she meets a man with whom she feels a strong attachment. Her world turns upside down when years later she finds the same man standing in the same place on the mountain peak. She learns he is a half-human, half-angel that helped destroy Earth to send God's children home for judgment. Kali learns many things f ...more
Carlyle Labuschagne
Jan 28, 2013 Carlyle Labuschagne rated it it was amazing

Danielle Harding writes so beautifully. Delivers the story with exceptional grace and style. This is one of those books I will read again, and let me tell you I have not reread any of my books yet. But Wormwood needs to be reread, it is way too intense to grasp the first time round. Its vividness captures you from the first page . A new kind of tormented romance that is absolutely captivating, its deep and powerful. Kali is girl I wish I could be, she is way to strong and highly modest, her comp
Jonathon Dyer
May 12, 2013 Jonathon Dyer rated it really liked it
Before I begin this review, and in the spirit of full disclosure, I would mention that while I have never met the author face to face (we live on opposite sides of the planet), I have nonetheless had occasion to exchange emails with Ms Nevins, via Goodreads, and have found her to be a charming and thoughtful correspondent. This review is based on the Kindle edition of her novel, Wormwood. I bought that copy through (for an unreasonably low 99c) and read it on my Kindle. Ms Nevins has ...more
Oct 07, 2012 Beth rated it it was amazing
100 Nephilim, super powerful half human half angels beings, are given the task to clean the earth of all human life. It is judgment day, and the Nephilim are tasked with returning all humans to their spiritual forms. Kali, in an attempt to escape the devastation, runs a trail to the top of a cliff where she finds Tiamat, someone she met 10 years prior. Tiamat, is actually one of the Nephilim who has destroyed her world and even killed her father. Tiamat struggles with his mission because he has ...more
Laura Thomas
Aug 06, 2012 Laura Thomas rated it it was amazing
In the beginning you are introduced to Kali. She is a trail guide at Pinecrest National Park. A quiet hike up to her favorite spot, Lookout Peak, starts out normally enough, but a light breeze quickly becomes a tree snapping gale. The once clear skies have turned a heavy gray-black, the clouds tumbling over each other as they race towards her.
This would not be so bad if the woods hadn't suddenly gone silent. Not a sound could be heard. The winds had stopped and all was still. Not even a bird son
Mike Berry
Nov 21, 2011 Mike Berry rated it it was amazing
Wormwood is D.H.Nevins' first novel, and quite simply it's a hell of a debut. It tells the story of a tormented angel, the titular Wormwood, and the fulfilment of his destiny to destroy the earth. Wormwood is one of the Nephilim, a group of angels sent to bring humanity to judgement. Nevins' humanisation of these creatures captivated me. They are at once mythical, larger than life, and yet also understandable as people.

Kali, the main character of the piece, is extremely believable. Her relations
Leah Polcar
Just really really bad. So very very bad. Despite the core idea, there is really nothing to redeem this novel in my opinion. I finished it since I hate to leave books unread and thankfully this was made easier by the fact that I could easily skip large sections of tedious and florid descriptions of the same things over and over again. Yeah, nature's cool. Yeah, apocalypse turns things ugly. Or the back and forth bits about "does he love me?", "does he not love me?"...even for 99 cents, I want my ...more
Jan 08, 2012 Jeanine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author was kind enough to provide me a coupon for this book. I will say that I would have purchased it anyway! The story was extremely well written and the story was gripping. It kept me turning page after page after page although in the back of my mind I was dreading the fact that it had to end! I really hope there is a sequel in the works! I would hate to think that was the end of Kali and Tiamet - I hope to meet them again in another book....
The apocalypse story takes place as the world is being swallowed and torn up by an angel or demon, Tiamat, but Kali does not know that yet. Kali is spared, but why? What is her purpose in all this? and who is this Tiamat? Follow her in her adventure as she tries to understand her beginnings and her purpose in this new Earth of and the what her future may hold with the Nephilims. Recommend.
R. Grey Hoover
May 29, 2013 R. Grey Hoover rated it it was amazing
Wormwood is the story of a young woman trying to survive the destruction of the world by a legion of God's angels. The twists and turns that the author introduces in her rich literary style will keep you glued to this enchanting tale. I highly recommend this book and this author.
Christine Butler
Nov 28, 2011 Christine Butler rated it it was amazing
Ms. Nevins writing is sheer genius, well thought out, extremely well written, and polished to perfection. Wormwood is a book I want to keep on my shelf, in my collection, to be able to pick up and return to on a whim.
Simon Okill
Wormwood by D.H. Nevins is an epic saga of fierce angels sent to destroy Earth, purge all mankind's infestation. The pre-devastated landscape cannot stand this onslaught of death from a legion of one hundred terrifying angels with just one desire, one goal.
But for Tiamat, a ruthless angel, begins to doubt his destiny when he rescues a beautiful woman named Kali. They are immediately attracted and this bodes badly for Tiamat. But for Kali, she must trust a killing machine bent on destruction of
Jan 01, 2012 Zuleeza rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the author to improve on her work
REVIEW: To be fair to the author (this is her debut book), I will try to be as extensive as I can be in justifying why did this book was rated two stars.

The title: Worm + wood? While I do know that the entire word 'Wormwood' carries different meanings literally and also textually in this book, I personally still don't find it any more appealing.

The cover: Again, I do understand that this meant to be a self-published book, but my love for photography betrays every of my attempt to like the cover.
Mar 03, 2012 Caitlin rated it liked it
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
Review copy provided free of charge by author. Originally reviewed here

Wormwood is a curious book. I enjoyed it a great deal, but a few unignorable flaws stopped it from being an A grade for me.
First things first, I really loved reading this one. You know those books that really drag you in? Where leaving the book before you’re ready leaves you confused and resenting the world? This is one of them.
Ok, so, we have Kali, who as a teen meets a strange man c
Grammy 1
May 07, 2013 Grammy 1 rated it really liked it
Sometimes a reviewer has a book submitted, and stares at the title, and has absolutely no idea where this will take them. Many look their books titles up on Amazon or Goodreads to not only read the cover blurbs, but read other reviewer ratings. I just like to be surprised, and yep what a pleasant surprise was Wormwood written by D.H. Nevins was.

We meet Kali Michaels, who is a young guide at the Pinecrest National Forest while she attends college. Her group at this time is a corporate one on a te
Loves To Dive
May 07, 2013 Loves To Dive rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Kali Michaels works as a guide for tourists through the Pinecrest National Forest to help pay her way through college. The particular group on a corporate retreat that she is currently guiding is pushing her last button, particularly loud and obnoxious sales rep Brad.

After settling the group for the night on the opposite side of the river from her, Kali decides to take a hike to calm her nerves and ends at the top of Lookout Peak, where she encounters a young man who seems on the verge
Sep 24, 2013 Krazykiwi rated it really liked it
Wormwood This one jumps right into the story and gets right into the action, with little buildup, which is a big plus. A self-confident heroine who has her world, quite literally, shaken apart, so she spends the rest of the story just trying to walk on quicksand, and a hero who is quite the epitome of glorious bastard.

If any storyline invited deus ex machina, considering this one literally begins with a literal act of god, there's surprisingly little of it. And while our heroine is often blind t
Sherry Fundin
I was walking along Cedar Creek Trail, my usual route. All of a sudden, the wind blew like an omen of doom, the ground felt like a roller coaster under my feet and as rocks fell around me, I ran, trying to find a safe place to hide. As I reached the cliff, the ground there was stable, but I looked down and saw lava, smoke, and ash.Total destruction.

As I reached the fire pit I would sit around with the campers I brought as a guide, I saw it was still alive, telling me someone was there. As I look
Christina M Condy
Oct 09, 2012 Christina M Condy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-challenge
So I received this book from the Author as a gift for winning a contest on facebook. When I received the book I was thrilled because I had read the blurb. D.H. Nevins was a little worried that I wouldn’t enjoy her book due to my not liking Dystopians. But while this book is “technically” a dystopian novel it is so much more than that.

I started reading this book and immediately got sucked into the story. I fell for Kali immediately, she seemed so down to earth, so nice and so very young, and she
Jul 17, 2014 Cristina rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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John Dolan
Jul 19, 2014 John Dolan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Drawing on a number of religious traditions and mythologies, 'Wormwood' is an apocalyptic tour-de-force.

I am not usually a reader of this genre, but such is the power of D.H. Nevins' narrative, that the Amazon 'Look Inside' sample was enough to grab me and compel me through the book.

Here you will find ruthless angels bent on a mission of destruction. There is action, pathos and not a little sadness laced throughout the tale - and, of course, there is attraction. Ethical dilemmas abound. Ms Nevin
John Dolan
Jul 30, 2014 John Dolan rated it it was amazing
Drawing on a number of religious traditions and mythologies, 'Wormwood' is an apocalyptic tour-de-force.

I am not usually a reader of this genre, but such is the power of D.H. Nevins' narrative, that the Amazon 'Look Inside' sample was enough to grab me and compel me through the book.

Here you will find ruthless angels bent on a mission of destruction. There is action, pathos and not a little sadness laced throughout the tale - and, of course, there is attraction. Ethical dilemmas abound. Ms Nevin
Les Braddock
Aug 24, 2012 Les Braddock rated it it was amazing
I had read the excerpts that the author had posted on her web page, and was very intrigued with the concept: Apocalypse from the eyes of a survivor. I felt that I could empathize with the main characters, Kali and the mysterious Tiamat, the choices they are forced to make and dealing with the circumstances that arise. The situations play out in a believable manner, which is not always the case in this style of story. It is hard to believe that this was a first novel, very well written and plotte ...more
K. Griffiths
Nov 01, 2014 K. Griffiths rated it really liked it
No spoilers! The late Jean Baudrillard, troublemaker of 20th century French philosophy, once suggested what an honor it will be for the last human generation to see the end of the world, just as it would have been for humanity to have seen the beginning. WORMWOOD puts the lie to that opinion, and is as gritty and as realistic as it can be when 100 of the Nephilim ('There were giants in the earth in those days...' [Genesis 6:4]) are responsible for the great unwinding. The tale is related by Kali ...more
May 27, 2013 Jason rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this! A biblical post apocalyptic beauty and the beast tale with added oomph!
gets you hooked from the start and is a rollercoaster from start to finish. Enjoyed the writing too as could set the scene perfectly and never trust an angel!
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D.H. Nevins was born in Toronto and currently lives in a quiet area of Ontario, surrounded by forests and lakes. By day, she is a personable, friendly school teacher. By night, she silently chuckles as she writes about destroying the world. When she isn't writing, she enjoys hiking, camping, flying around on her motorcycle or dabbling in live theatre.
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