First, we start off with a small, isolated mountain town. Supplies are scarce, and in the depths of the winter, toxic snow is killing off any pets th First, we start off with a small, isolated mountain town. Supplies are scarce, and in the depths of the winter, toxic snow is killing off any pets that get outside. Only the crows seem immune. And there is a dead body laying in the street. No one knows who this poor soul was or how he got there.
Fates Keep is being invaded by a powerful, evil force, foretold in the most secret of prophecies. In this humble town, where the mountain holds deadly secrets, a long forgotten holy book may hold the key. As the forces of good and evil are drawn into the ultimate combat, the destiny of mankind hangs in the balance.
The action starts out early and keeps going to the very end. Along the way, you'll meet courageous men and women, angels uncertain of their place in this final war, Wolves that seek to protect their human brothers, a witch who does not know her own power, and a group of humans who have given their will over to the evil that seeks to consume everything.
And then there's Rythy, a creature that rivals any Big Bad you've ever read about.
This is a great book for anyone who loves adventure and action, and will keep you breathless until the last page. ...more
Anna is beautiful. Anna is a horror. She is an innocent girl. She is a woman of darkness. Alive by the power of the darkest magic, but with the spiritAnna is beautiful. Anna is a horror. She is an innocent girl. She is a woman of darkness. Alive by the power of the darkest magic, but with the spirit of a trapped child. She still wears the dress that became her shroud, now dripping in blood.
Enter a young man named Cas, a ghost hunter who commits the restless dead to the afterlife. Bound by his birthright and the mystery of his murdered father, Cas believes that conquering Anna will prepare him to face something even worse: the bad thing that took his Father whole.
Cocky, opinionated, and with a touch of youthful naivete, the reader will fall in love with Cas and his new friends. Despite all reason he comes to have feelings for Anna. He eventually battles betweeen his need to kill and the desire to love this dead, lost girl who is also a killer in her own rite.
The story is fast paced and action filled. The romance between Anna and Cas is handled with a delicate touch. At its best, the book draws parallels to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and her tortured love affair with Angel. (The reader will note a few tongue-in-check references to Buffy, and Cas' displeasure about being compared to a girl).
The book was a great page turner, and I was left wanting more of Anna and Cas. The door is left open for a possible sequel....more
The Darkness is one of those rare stories that can combines science with magic. The story is a brew of secrets, deception, and power wielded between tThe Darkness is one of those rare stories that can combines science with magic. The story is a brew of secrets, deception, and power wielded between two women who share their love for one little boy.
Adam is the creation of a group of scientists that seek power any way that they can obtain it. Genetically engineered, without parents, and subsisting in a lab where he is constantly watched and studied, Adam's chances at life appear bleak. What his captors never expected was that the boy would wield powers that they could not control. Or that one scientist from a rival group would develop an interest, and later a passion, for this seemingly innocent child.
As it turns out, Adam is far from innocent, but that doesn't stop the reader from caring for him or the two women that love him, Artemesia (the scientist) and Innana (the witch). The story follows the characters across continents, back and forth through Adam's shadowy existence, and finally to a shocker of an ending.
The Darkness is more than worth a read. It's unique, edgy, and engaging. The next book in this series, Artificial Light, is highly anticipated.
Dark Magick is a world with a different kind of apocalypse.
The "gateways" between universes have been opened, letting through all kinds of magical beiDark Magick is a world with a different kind of apocalypse.
The "gateways" between universes have been opened, letting through all kinds of magical beings, monsters, and...things which have never been seen before in the normal world. There are evil entities and groups at work, who want to control the gates to keep power over the devestated populace.
The story is told from the perspective of two best friends, Lynn and Rhea. Lynn is a fighter, and Rhea is the appointed healer of their band of survivors. While they often clash, their abiding friendship for each other and love for their families inform all their decisions.
Endowed with special powers by the Goddess, the pair resolve to close the "gateways" and return the world to a semblance of normalcy. Along with the assistance of other survivors, they search for a young witch who may be the key to locking the gateways forever.
The story is fast paced and action filled. Authors Thompson-Geer and Trinity manage to balance the tension with drama, romance, and even a light touch of humor. Dark Magick is a book you won't forget, a great kick off for a suspense filled series. ...more
A fast paced read with all the signature Dean Koontz elements: love on the run, pursuit by a depraved killer, a man with a mysterious past, and a SoutA fast paced read with all the signature Dean Koontz elements: love on the run, pursuit by a depraved killer, a man with a mysterious past, and a Southern California backdrop.
I've heard other reviewers saying that they found the plot to be implausible, but I don't think so. My only criticism is that we don't find out about the heroic past of the protagonist until very late in the book. If the reader caught glimpses of that earlier on, I think that would have explained the lengths the character goes to protect a stranger.
A.M. Harte’s collection of short stories are atmospheric, creepy, and entertaining. The chills here are well executed, the gore kept to a minimum. Th A.M. Harte’s collection of short stories are atmospheric, creepy, and entertaining. The chills here are well executed, the gore kept to a minimum. There are a lot of touching moments here, but a good deal of humor too. Narrowing down your favorite will be a difficult job, but Dead Man’s Rose and Seven Birds are the two that lingered with me the longest. You’ll get a chuckle from The Break Up Cafe and Dating the Undead: Reasons why a Zombie is Better than a Man.
Hoffman has the ability to make ordinary prose flow as smoothly as poetry. It’s part of her signature writing style, and it’s just as evident in thisHoffman has the ability to make ordinary prose flow as smoothly as poetry. It’s part of her signature writing style, and it’s just as evident in this novel as it is in her prior work. Skylight Confessions is a drama that starts out as a romance, but broadens to encompass a whole family. Arlyn Singer, a girl who dreams about finding her true love gets more than she may have expected from John Moody. More, and tragically, much less than what she would have hoped for. John is distant, selfish, somehow removed from his wife and children. But despite his feelings about their marriage, Arlyn’s brief life and painful death change him in ways that he doesn’t understand.
Without giving away more spoilers, I will say that this was a beautiful, lyrical story tinged with sadness. The novel walks that fine line between dream and reality, normalcy and chaos. You will feel for all of the characters in this book, in spite of, and because of their shortcomings.
The only thing that I didn’t like about this book was the ending. If felt as if things were being left open for the possibility of more stories about the Moody clan. Hoffman manages to leave the story on an uplifting, if bittersweet note. There is a pervasive sadness to the story, but also beauty, a bit of magic and hopefulness that keeps you reading and hoping that in the deepest moment of despair, those Connecticut men Arlyn dreamed of will take flight.
Angel Zapata has a way with drawing you in to a story and keeping you there - even though you cringe, you crave more words. From the atmospheric crimeAngel Zapata has a way with drawing you in to a story and keeping you there - even though you cringe, you crave more words. From the atmospheric crime horror-noire of The Mouth of Babes, to the subtle horror of Surrogate Fruit, and a bite of zombie lore with compassion in Dead Flames, this collection is a taste of the author’s writing career from 2008 to the 2010. You don’t have to be a horror fan to love Zapata’s work. He finds the sick and twisted amongst what at first appears normal, and humanity in the most bleak circumstances. If you like prose that paints a picture, tingles the spine, and leaves you wanting more, The Man of Shadows is highly recommended for you. ...more