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Lords of Dyscrasia

(Dyscrasia Fiction #1)

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Lords of Dyscrasia explores the choices humans and their gods make as a disease corrupts their souls, shared blood and creative energies. Historically, dyscrasia referred to any imbalance of the four medicinal humors professed by the ancient Greeks to sustain life. Lords of Dyscrasia presents them as spiritual muses for artisans, sources of magical power, and contagions of ...more
Paperback, 270 pages
Published July 7th 2011 by Ignis Publishing (first published July 1st 2011)
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Markus
Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

“Have you ever dreamt? At night, with your eyes closed?... Then you know that even with eyes closed, even in complete darkness, your mind can fill a frame for you, your soul, to observe and experience – a stage with color and atmosphere are as realistic as the visions you perceive while awake. This is how we Elders and the undead see, for we look at the world through an astral plane congruent with physical reality, where emotions are ta
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Athena Shardbearer
Sep 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Buddy Read with Markus

"Fathered by the He-wasp and by a man who decieved,
Mating the She-bird formerly free,
The gallwraiths and chromantis now fly,
Spewed from Her stone womb,
Wings shrouding all in shadow's hue,
Seeking, ever seeking, their mother
Fevered with dyscrasia,
The gallwraiths and chromantis now sail,
O'er the Land that pitch bleeds,
Feeding on color and beauty,
Seeking comfort through consumption,
Peace through melancholy,
Seeking, ever seeking, their mother"


The one thing that scares me th
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Bob Milne
Dec 20, 2011 rated it liked it
I don't generally read a lot of small-press or self-published books, but when one snags my attention, I'm more than willing to give it a shot. Lords of Dyscrasia is one of those books where everything fell into place - the cover caught my eye; the review blurb comparing it to "the works of Poe and Lovecraft" made me curious; and the concept of infected bloodlines, diseased souls, and necromancy assured it a spot on my shelf.

Stylistically, this was a very interesting read, with a mix of high fant
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Andrew Weston
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Know yourself.
Never has a saying been so profoundly true than in one man’s quest to find his place and that special “something” that will bring meaning to his life.
Endenken Lysis is lord of Clan Lysis, inheritor of a proud family lineage that will entail his blending to a godlike creature known as the Muse. Doing so will seal his fate and take away any control he has over his destiny, for only his family stand any hope of ending a blight that destroys the land – Dyscrasia – a disease that warps
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Matthew
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't honestly say that reading this book was pleasant. There's too much blood for me, too much casual death.

So why five stars?

Most contemporary fantasy seems to be written in the same literary style as realistic fiction. Reading contemporary fantasy, you could be reading Tom Clancy, except there are wizards and stuff. The dialogue is idiomatically modern and conversational (or at least is intended to be), the setting is concrete, consistent, and detailed, and the action is narrated to maxim
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S.E. Lindberg
No rating from me, since I'm the author. I use this platform to communicate that the Lords of Dyscrasia Audiobook (2015) was just released with narration by Englishman Thomas B. Hackett. While I am here, I'll summarize other people's reviews:

"Pulp fantasy for the horror fan!"Looking for unique horror? Beware, Lords of Dyscrasia is dark. How dark? "...This is, without a doubt, the darkest book I've ever read. I don't have any problem with those sorts of things normally, but this was on a whole ot
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Periklis
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
A truly operatic dark tale in a uniquely structured setting. Illustrations, appendices and maps help unravel the world-building even more. The writing evoked the dreadful beauty and heroic despair, of the Weird Tales authors of Sword & Sorcery, especially Clark Aston Smith.
Dan
Mar 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: dark-fantasy, fantasy
This is kind of hard book for me to review. There was a lot I liked and a lot I thought could use improvement.

The story is strikingly original, pretty much completely incomparable to work from any other author I've read. The story uses some genre tropes well known to fantasy, like fairies, golems and sorcery etc. but even these are interpreted in a new light. The story ultimately revolves around a few specific themes, art, science, culture/religion and a twisted form of family devotion.

The stor
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Greg
Nov 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
There is much that I like about Lords of Dyscrasia. For one thing, I like the author's illustrations, which have a dark and brooding quality to them that matches the narrative. The cover illustration is spectacular in colour and I wonder how some of the book's other illustrations would look this way too (I'm presuming they are all grey-scale versions of original colour works). I also like the appendices, which I didn't realise existed until I came to the end of the book (I read a PDF of the prin ...more
Joe Bonadonna
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
S.E. Lindberg is an original voice in fantasy. His prose is lush and colorful, and his style leans toward that of classic literature, without being stilted, self-conscious or pretentious. He has a gift for putting words “down on paper” and constructing sentences that flow with a poetic nuance. Lords of Dyscrasia (an abnormal or disordered state of the body or of a bodily part) is touted as “Graphic Sword and Sorcery,” but to me it has more in common with the dark fantasy of Clark Ashton Smith a ...more
DC
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of gore, dark fantasy enthusiasts
"Just be mindful to sacrifice your dark emotions whence you arrive. Your soul will pale. The hue of your memories will desaturate. You will be cleansed. Protected."

This is a story of a man who worked to free himself from a lineage of bondage. He starts with simply denying the Rite of Inheritance of his forefathers, and soon finds himself undead and clothed in the skin of his enemies.

For this is the land of the Lords of Dyscrasia, a land where blood and ichor color the landscape.

Reanimation, spec
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Janet E.
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lords of Dyscrasia: Darkly bold and literate fantasy -1st in a series

S.E. Lindberg leads us on an amazing adventure into character and danger with his first in a series, "Lords of Dyscrasia." Lindberg's work is dark, violent; sometimes beautiful, sometimes lyrical; always thoughtfully written. For an emerging writer, Lindberg takes many chances, and almost always succeeds. He is a more thoughtful writer than many, exploring the psyches of humans and their gods. Lindberg is a chemist, and in this
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Katy
Oct 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of dark high fantasy who enjoy complex, sweeping plots
Recommended to Katy by: LibraryThing member giveaways
Book Info: Genre: Dark High Fantasy Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: I received a free ebook copy of this text from the LibraryThing Members Giveaway program in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: Dyscrasia plagues the insectan elders of the Underworld. Desperate to save them from extinction, the golem Doctor Grave infuses the soul of his dying Queen into the blood of a human artisan, Lord Ante Lysis. Her soul passes through Ante's blood into his offspring, thus the Lysis bloodline carries th
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Katrina
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is not like any other I've read. It's weird and complex and graphic.....Seth Lindberg has an attention to detail that speaks volumes about his chosen profession and skills. You have to pay attention while reading it and for me, it was easier to read it in chunks rather than all the way through.

There is an interesting take on the concept of blood: the power in the blood, power of the blood, the Gods' need of it, and the inheritance that is passed through the blood from one generation to
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Rebecca Gransden
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Lords of Dyscrasia reads like a descent into a mania induced visionary night terror. Superficially presented under the 'Sword and Sorcery' umbrella fans of the genre will be taken on a gloriously twisted ride. Whilst the main narrative is one of traditionally breathless action, the underlying psychological back-drop weaves it's way into the reader's imagination. It is a novel that will stay with you, whether you like it or not.
The landscape created for you to endure along with the characters is
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Jack
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
A strange and original take on fantasy fiction. I enjoyed reading this book, but I was wondering how I would begin to describe it in my review. Fortunately I found that another reviewer had written an apt description:

"There is some nice Lovecraftian shading to this novel, as well, with a touch of Edgar Allen Poe to lend it a feverishness of tone, and even a psychedelic flavor in style."

I do not include plot summaries in my reviews, but suffice it to say Lindberg has created a world of strange c
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Chris
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book has some curious ideas and strong characterization. The main characters go through many trials and the will of their souls are challanged on every page. The loss that the main characters go through is heartbreakening and yet they carry on. The last 30 pages were harder to read through and I almost gave up but I skipped over a couple of pages so that I would not miss the ending. If Lindberg could shorten the book a lttle then the story would be tighter and feel less sometimes like a lon ...more
Michael
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I received this book from a goodreads giveaway.

Definitely going to re read this sometime.
Well written book with lots of action, twists and turns.
Never read anything quiet like this before but i really enjoyed it.
If you like a dark bloody book you wont be disappointed with this.
Phil
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
While Lords of Dyscrasia benefits from an extremely original setting and intense, driving action, my enjoyment was hindered by some storytelling issues.

The premise is an interesting one. We're introduced to Endenken Lysis, who rules an unusual tribe afflicted with Dyscrasia, an imbalance of the humors that has resulted in a long history of birth defects and mutations within the society. An epic struggle results when Endenken refuses to play his preordained role in a mystic ritual, instead coming
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Nicholas
Nov 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
I really, really did not like this book at all. My apologies to the author, who obviously, worked very hard on it. He did create a world completely unlike anything you have ever read about and kudos to him for that. However, it was an extremely arduous read. Another review said it's very confusing in the beginning, but stated that it was much easier the farther you got into it. I have to respectfully disagree with that statement. The whole book, to me, was confusing and just felt rushed. Maybe t ...more
Jojo
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book revolves around the characters: Doctor Grave, Crypia, Endenken, and Dey. Endenken seeks revenge, Doctor Grave dreams of restoring what was lost, Crypia wants to live, and Dey is running away from his past. In a world of disease, monsters, and danger, will the passions and desires that drive them be enough to help them survive?

A very well done book by S.E. Lindberg! From the beginning, we are treated to vivid descriptions of the carnage and ruin created by the disease, dyscrasia. Don't e
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Gigi Frost
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lindberg depicts an intensely savage and volatile world within the pages of Dyscrasia. It is a persistent plague that invades the blood and changes the human genome forever. Doctor Grave desperately seeks to save the long bloodline of his sick queen.

"The lifeless embryos exhibit the disease explicitly. The stillborn mutants present eldritch traits, all unique and terrible. Beaks and downy feathers adorn the avian ones. Translucent, soft-shell exoskeletons wrap the invertebrate insectan type, whi
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Melissa Bryan
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a book…if you like dark fantasy and horror you have to read this book. I would call it “Splatter punk” I don’t know if that term is still used anymore but it is what came to mind while I was reading this book…blood, guts, rape, cannibalism, incest, necrophilia, feeding on carrion, torture, and much much more.

Mr. Lindberg has written a well constructed story line one that I enjoyed and not one that I have read before. The book was disturbing at times which I don’t mind but I do not like to r
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Valentina
Dec 07, 2011 rated it liked it
This is an unusual book. It is a mixture of fantasy, horror, and adventure that defies true classification. Now, it is not for everyone, since it does have many grotesque images and scenes, but if that doesn’t bother you, then it might be something for you to pick up.
What I enjoyed most was the atmosphere. There is a really gritty, violent mood to the pages that had me really captivated. It is completely different from anything I’ve read. Yes, sometimes the violent images seem enhanced more for
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Imagereader
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Tired of cookie cutter formulaic dark fantasy? Need a jolt of distubia? Then this book is for you.
First off this story is dark fantasy not contemporary hide it from the kids dark but deeply planned out epic dark fantasy. The plot is intricate and once you get going you'll start to see the how intricate the connections between the characters and themes are woven together. The author manages to blend artistic theory, tools, & techniques with theology and family history to build one of the mos
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Connie
Nov 01, 2011 rated it liked it
I received this book free from the Goodreads First Reads. Thanks. This is not the kind of book I usually read. It reminded me of an H. P. Lovecraft alternate universe. It was not what I expected. The storey moves along like a lookey loo on the freeway the first 20 or so pages. Then after the basic storey line is started it moves back up to freeway speeds. This book is NOT for children. After the first 20 pages i began to accept the darkness of the storey and the world the characters live in. The ...more
Amber Ivers
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly shocked by the story. If you are looking for something different to read, I suggest that you pick this book up. It is gory and I winced a few times but it was definitely different. I enjoyed the way that the story glued together at the end. Sometimes, destiny happens no matter how hard you try to avoid it.

There are several key characters that come into play in this story. I felt for one of of the characters because, no matter how hard he tried, he still messed everything up.
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Sherri
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you like horror, fantasy and mythology, this is your book! I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline. It was a little slow – and at times a little confusing – toward the beginning, but the story picked up by the second chapter and delivered everything I wanted in a horror story: decapitation, disembowelment, cannibalism, castration (my personal favorite), rape, incest, mythological Gods, insects, birds…the list goes on. It was very disturbing, but that’s what I like. I want a story that shocks the c ...more
Barbara Huskey
May 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this from the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

This book was very well written. The author has quite an imagination and an impressive vocabulary. However, it was far too dark and violent for me to finish reading it. I tried, but it is just not my cup of tea. It sort of reminded me of a mix of the movies The Crow, Ghost Rider and Hellraiser, only much more detailed, explicit, graphic, gory and way darker.

I am giving it 3 stars because it's not the author's fault that I just don't enjoy this p
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S.E. Lindberg resides near Cincinnati, Ohio working as a microscopist, employing his skills as a scientist and artist to understand the manufacturing of products analogous to medieval paints. Two decades of practicing chemistry, combined with a passion for the Sword and Sorcery genre, spurred him to write Lords of Dyscrasia, a graphic adventure fictionalizing the alchemical humors. The dark saga c ...more

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