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Martuk ... the Holy

4.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  19 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
In a crowded Left Bank cafe, an immortal man sits, the phantoms crawling near, the heat of their whispers stinging his cheek ...

and Martuk ... The Holy begins.

One thousand years before the birth of Christ, a golden god damns Martuk with a kiss. In a land ruled by a wounded king, life everlasting steals his mortality from the bottom of a golden cup. Finally, generations la
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Published March 5th 2012 by Smashwords Edition
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Cherie Hiles
Jun 27, 2012 Cherie Hiles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember thinking, when I read the description, "Mmmm... this sounds yummy!" If I'm not mistaken, I do believe I said as much to the author in an email - that Martuk... the Holy sounded like a yummy read. Man oh man, was I right about that! What a lovely treat to sink my teeth into. Yum.

I don't want to give spoilers, nor offer yet another description when that's already available. I just want to say that if your personal reading preferences mean you like a book with some meat to it now and the
Jedidiah Behe
Jun 21, 2012 Jedidiah Behe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading Martuk after starting in on it just 17 hours ago. I did sleep 4 hours before hungrily snatching it up again to finish it. That is how much I enjoyed this book.
I was so pleasantly surprised with this novel, not really knowing anything about it when I made the purchase. I simply bought it because it was recommended to me and Jonathan Winn is a new author so I wanted to give him a chance, and I am so happy that I did.

I'll start with what little negative I could find because
Megan Broutian
Jan 09, 2013 Megan Broutian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cross-posted from Papyrus Independent Author Reviews (

Doomed to walk this earth forever, Martuk is the chosen – the damned. He is immortal, powerful, but don’t mistake him to be holy.

Martuk … the Holy is a blend of a few different genres. I would probably categorise it as a quasi-historical literary fantasy horror. It tells the story of Martuk, born in an ancient past, into a culture I had trouble placing specifically, an
Melanie Adkins
Martuk is immortal. He's had visions since he could speak. His mother is one who Calls The Rain. Martuk begins to have nightmares about events in the future. He isn't sure what they mean to him, but he knows the time is drawing near for them to take place. In on nightmare, he sees a Golden God give him the kiss of the damned. Martuk knows his future will be difficult at best. He worries for his mother. Then the Priests come. They ask his mother to choose. Martuk or herself, to go to the King. M ...more
Oct 12, 2013 Simone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. When Martuk was a child, he was unknowingly cursed by a golden god with immortality. He has a gift of seeing through the veil, having visions, and seeing ones soul. His land is ruled by a sickly king and he is called to speak with him. After the king’s demise, Martuk is forced to drink from the golden cup, he’s supposed to die. He sees his ancestors reaching for him then… He finds himself alive! This is how his journey begins ...more
Jun 25, 2013 Jaime rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Readers' first thoughts when they encounter Winn's debut novel, would be something along the lines of, "Where has this guy been hiding for so long??". Martuk...The Holy is a dark fantasy that is comprised of angels, demons, phantoms and beastly combat. It's a gripping, nail-biter of a tale that will lure readers in straight from the beginning, and won't release them until the frightening finish. The complex characters are unlike anything one has ever encountered within a full-length novel before ...more
May 11, 2014 A rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given a free copy of this book for a thorough and honest review. Read my review here, at online book club:
May 23, 2012 Sue rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
too bizarre, good premise but never really went anywhere
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In addition to Eidolon Avenue: The First Feast, Jonathan Winn (Member, HWA) is a screenwriter and author of the full-length novels Martuk … the Holy (A Highlight of the Year, 2012 Papyrus Independent Fiction Awards), Martuk … the Holy: Proseuche (Top Twenty Horror Novels of 2014, Preditors & Editors Readers Poll), Martuk … the Holy: Shayateen (2016) and The Martuk Series (The Wounded King, The ...more
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