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Khepera Rising

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The wickedest man in Africa has problems, and they can't all be solved by magic.

Occult bookshop owner and black arts magician James Edward Guillaume reckons he has it all, and enjoys living up his reputation as South Africa's "wickedest man", a nice house, a business that's breaking even and the pick of all the pretty Goth girls and boys in Cape Town.

Little does he know, a
Kindle Edition, First edition, 209 pages
Published December 21st 2009 by Lyrical Press, Inc. (first published 2009)
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For a black magician, Goth, womanizer, drug addict, bi-sexual, marginally criminal, extremely self-satisfied punk, Jamie Guillaume is a pretty good guy. You will come to care for him very quickly because under all of that gobbelty-gook he is a person worth caring about. And one tough mother. Things that happen to this kid would kill you or me. Hell a tenth of the things that happen to him in this dark and horrifying mystery would send me running into the night, screaming at the top of my lungs. ...more
Greg Hamerton
Dec 23, 2009 Greg Hamerton rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: horror, goth and dark magic fans
Recommended to Greg by: the author!
An incendiary work of black magic that will leave kindergoths wide-eyed.

Occultist James Edward Guillaume enjoys living up to his reputation as South Africa's wickedest man, but in so doing, he becomes a target for those who believe his esoteric arts and alternative lifestyle are the work of the devil and should be punished.

The author displays an accomplished style that gives me confidence to follow her into the dark. The protagonist, Jamie, offers a distinctive shock-rocker view of the world wit
Tony-Paul Vissage
This is a great book! Forget my prejudice this time. It’s almost stream-of-consciousness presentation is probably the only proper way to view the world Jamie sees. As for Jamie himself…in spite of the title tacked on him by the DPSO, which appears undeserved, he’s a likable chap. He tried to warn his friends of danger; he’s up-front about his beliefs and doesn’t try to hide how he feels. When a henchman is captured, he does everything he can to prevent the man’s death, only to lose him to a forc ...more
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Strong characters with clear motivations, fast-paced plot, descriptions are vivid and make locations come alive, powerful and relevant themes, easy-reading without sacrificing complexity

Felt like there was a brief 10 page lull between the two high points of the novel

Main character is someone you'll either love or hate, some people might find the novel theme offensive

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Jul 16, 2011 Brian added it
Nerine Dorman has the ability to make you smell, taste, and see the world in which her book is set. She takes a brave approach with her debut novel where the protagonist is a thoroughly unlikable character. However, unlikable he is, he's incredibly *real*. You've probably met someone like him, and if you haven't, then give it a couple of years.

The story gets off to a slow start, but after that you find yourself invested, and can't but help to turn the page (or in my case click the forward button
Patricia Burroughs
So, am I really going to admit that I just bought this book because the guy on the cover is cracking me up? Love this cover.

And now I've read it. This is not my usual genre, urban fantasy/horror, but I was caught up in this gritty, brutal, graphic story from the very beginning pages. Strong, evocative writing. Compelling, dark tale. Highly recommended if you're into the dark side.
Carol Hone
This is a somewhat gruesome novel full of black magic and exquisite descriptions of South Africa – so real I felt the sand under my feet and watched with delight as the fishing boats danced on the tide. An orgasm of description – both beautiful and macabre. Nerine Dorman sure knows how to use her words. Jamie is – and I can’t resist Nerine’s one-liner here – “the wickedest man in South Africa”. Yet underneath the satanic surface, this self-proclaimed black magician seems to be a man who doesn’t ...more
Carrie Clevenger
James “Jamie” Guillaume starts out as a thirty-something man who runs an occult shop, has a proud reputation as South Africa’s “Wickedest Man”, has his pick of all the kindergoths in town at his disposal, and wears carefully applied make-up, completing his immersion in his self-constructed fantasy world. Piece-by-piece, this meticulously-maintained environment is slowly reduced, laying bare the true man beneath the veneer and positioning him against larger-than-life adversaries.

Khepera Rising is
Monique Snyman
An occult bookshop owner and black arts magician called James Edward Guillaume figures that he has everything and he especially enjoyed living up to his reputation as South Africa’s “wickedest man”. He has a nice house, a business which is breaking even and he can pick and choose from the prettiest Goth girls and boys in Cape Town. However, he’s in for a big surprise when a group of violent Christo-militants has their eyes set on him, ready to destroy his carefully constructed fantasy world. To ...more
Having read a short story involving these characters, I was looking forward to this book immensely ... but although there's potential, it's decidedly unrealised potential.

Don't get me wrong - Nerine Dorman is a great writer. Intelligent, clever use of language and narrative throughout makes this a vastly enjoyable read. The problem is that the truly interesting stuff only kicks off in the last two chapters. The rest of the book trotted along nicely, but it felt a little ... mmm ... undersold. Th
Sonya Clark
The further I got in this one the more I liked it. Set in South Africa, the main character is black arts magician James Guillaume. James starts out as a thoroughly unlikable prat but as he gets more than his fair share of bad luck and trouble thrown at him - deaths, beatings, being targeted by religious fundamentalists - despite his best efforts I found myself liking him. I enjoyed the South African setting, the hypnotic scenes of magical ritual and dream sequences, and most of all getting to kn ...more
Lori Green
This was so well written and such an interesting story!

I loved the main character Jamie because he was so completely an anti-hero that at those moments when I liked him or felt sorry for him, I was disgusted with myself for it.

(Real review to follow)
Ana Gonzalez
This novel has taken me out of breath. I really didn´t expect to be so concerned about Jamie, the most stupid and powerful Black Magician I have ever met. The novel has a hectic timing that makes you worry about him most of the time. The events are plenty of colourful symbols, and the author shows a deep knowledge of mythology and magic that makes the whole reading a pleasure. It has make me feel real fear, something that did not happened to me since I read "It" by Stephen King, and it has been ...more
Dorothy Shaw
This book is outside of my normal genre. It's one of those reads that I can't race through, not because its not interesting, but because it's a complex world and cannot be rushed through. I have a few other authors that, when I read them, it's the same.

This is an amazingly complex story. Jamie is such an interesting character. His journey is part self destruction, part salvation. I watched with wide eyes when he began, and each domino fell systematically into the other, carrying him forward. He
Carrie Clevenger
James “Jamie” Guillaume starts out as a thirty-something man who runs an occult shop, has a proud reputation as South Africa’s “Wickedest Man”, has his pick of all the kindergoths in town at his disposal, and wears carefully applied make-up, completing his immersion in his self-constructed fantasy world. Piece-by-piece, this meticulously-maintained environment is slowly reduced, laying bare the true man beneath the veneer and positioning him against larger-than-life adversaries.

Khepera Rising is
This story had good promise but fell flat. It didn't deliver what it said. It is classified as Urban Fantasy and under Horror but it didn't scare me or unnerve me. As far as violence goes it is understated and nothing you wouldn't or couldn't see written up in the daily newspaper. When you say Gore I expect details. As far as the occult goes it takes more than dropping the name of Aleister Crowley to be supernatural. Even the demon in this story wasn't what I would call a demonic force by any me ...more
Noor Jahangir
Khepera Rising is the debut novel of South African travel writer, Nerine Dorman. When she’s not fighting off baboons with a mop, or working to tight deadlines at her day job, Nerine moonlights as an author of dark and gothic fantasy.
Khepera Rising plunders the black heart of the gothic underground movement in Cape Town, illustrating deep research and knowledge of the dark path with scary detail. Her descriptions of Cape Town are both lucid and meticulous and would fit well in an alternative tou
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An editor and multi-published author, Nerine Dorman currently resides in Cape Town, South Africa, with her visual artist husband. Some of the publishers for whom she has edited works include Dark Continents Publishing and eKhaya (an imprint of Random House Struik). Her fiction sales include works to Dark Continents Publishing, Wordsmack, Tor Books, Apex Publishing and Immanion Press. She has been ...more
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