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Nevermore - Novel of Love, Loss, & Edgar Allan Poe

(The DeChance Chronicles #4.5)

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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  253 ratings  ·  61 reviews
On the banks of Lake Drummond, on the edge of The Great Dismal Swamp, there is a tree in the shape of a woman.

On one dark, moonlit night, two artists met at The Lake Drummond Hotel, built directly on the borderline of North Carolina and Virginia. One was a young woman with the ability to see spirits trapped in trees, and stone, anchored to the earth beyond their years. Her
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Hardcover, First Edition, 146 pages
Published April 24th 2013 by Crossroads Press (first published January 14th 2013)
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Andrea Guy
Edgar Allen Poe, Leonore and The Raven along with magic and mysery, that's what makes up the story Nevermore: A Story Of Love, Loss & Edgar Allen Poe. I have to admit to being intrigued at a work of fiction surrounding Poe. He isn't an author that you would think of people wanting to right about, not like Jane Austen, who has taken on a life separate from her own in fictional works, but David Niall Wilson, really captured him in this novel.

The story is spooky, as it should be with Poe being
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Lady Delacour
Edgar Allan Poe as a character in a story
was appealing and drew me to this audiobook.
Narrator has a lower tone voice than I prefer.
She did ok except for the voice she used for Poe.
He sounded like an old woman with a smokers voice.
As always more enjoyable experience
when you have ebook and audio both.
Nancy
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
The setting for this haunting tale is perfect, the author plunging the reader immediately into the mystery of The Great Dismal Swamp. Instant clues place the tale back in time: the inn, no doubt, with almost as many stories to tell as Edgar himself. From the outset we learn something of what Lenore’s purpose is but perhaps not quite Edgar Poe’s. As Lenore has the compulsion to draw, and Edgar has the impetus to write, the reader like me is hooked on finding exactly what the main characters hope ...more
Sheila
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, horror
Disclosure: I received a free audible copy of this via Audiobookblast.com for an unbiased review.

Slightly creepy, very atmospheric, and definitely worth a listen. The narrator has a very gentle and slightly slow voice. At first I thought she would put me to sleep, but her voice turned out to be perfectly suited to this story.

This isn't a fast-paced, action-filled horror story, but more reminiscent of Edgar Allen Poe's creepy tales. Appropriate, of course, as Poe is one of the main characters an
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Latasha
Oct 29, 2013 rated it liked it
it was ok, I just wanted a little more.
Amber M. McCarter
May 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
I don't appreciate writing that "tells" me what is developing, rather than actually developing - and, unfortunately, this is such a piece. I also just didn't have any investment in the characters, and nothing at all was resolved in any way. I don't mind open ended endings, in fact I'm often disappointed when a story is too neatly wrapped up in the end - but this brought up all sorts of complex plot points and relationships, and then simply did nothing with them. I think the author was probably g ...more
Sam
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I find myself rather fond of this story, yes it does have a few flaws (including a somewhat less colourful Poe than we're used to) but the gloriously Gothic nature of the tale and the dark yet strangely hopeful ending makes it a perfect little story for any and all Poe fans. I love how Wilson weaves together the presence of Lenore and her abilities, the arrival of Poe and of his familiar, Grimm. The swamp setting just adds to the atmosphere with its sense of unknown and foreboding and of a dange ...more
The Realm of Fantasy and Fiction
Nevermore - A Novel of Love, Loss & Edgar Allan Poe is proof that there absolutely is magic in the written word, and David Niall Wilson is the master magician who deftly weaves a fantastic tale of dark fantasy, blending the supernatural world he's created effortlessly into reality. Nevermore draws you immediately into the story, making you feel as if you're sitting right next to Lenore, watching her work and seeing the images appear on her paper, amidst the "smoke wafting from table to table ...more
Victoria
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free in exchanged for an honest review.

I've always liked Poe. Sure, his work disturbed me sometimes, but I like it. It was dark, it was strange, and it was fantasy. That was good enough for me.

So naturally, I became interested in this book the moment I read the synopsis. Usually, I'm not one to take a "leap of faith" in relatively unknown authors, especially when they write about such significant figures as if the authors knew them personally. But in this case, I'm glad
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Erin
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I won this book from the author and he sent me an autographed copy with an inscription made out to me. I was a little skeptical because I'm not normally interested in this genre, but I was willing to give it a go anyways. I'm so glad I did because I LOVED this book. I started out reading with a very critical eye and as soon as I got into the story-line, it won me over. The story was about Edgar meeting a lady (Lenore) in an inn in the Great Dismal Swamp and the magic that the two are blessed (cu ...more
Renee Deschamps
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for an honest review via GR R&R.

While I've never been a major Poe fan, this book drew me in from start to finish!

I LOVED the way the story linked Poe's poems, and gave them a history of how his poems came to be. This book has all the best qualities from all genres, romance, mystery, intrigue, supernatural & fables, and Mr. Wilson intertwined all of these AND MADE IT WORK! That is a huge feat in itself. BRAVO!

I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who lik
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k8inne
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps it's because I'm not much into fantasy that I couldn't get into this book. In general I felt it lacked depth. The characters were flat, the plot was predictable and the writing mediocre. About one third of the way into the book I started skimming the pages - I don't like to abandon books, but I came pretty close with this one. I was relieved when Lenore was finally gone and chuckled when Poe had the dream that inspired the poem - at that point, all I could think of was The Simpsons versi ...more
Deedra
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audible version of this.I found it good,not great.It was full of imagination,mysterious circumstances and a very interesting idea of where Edgar Alan Poe got his idea for 'Lenore'.I found Gigi Shane to be a good narrator.She kept up with the unusual pace of the storyline pretty well.I may read it again when I get time to see if I missed anything.
"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookB
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Daphne
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-audio
This one ranks up there for me with audiobooks. It was the combination of the perfect narrator for this type of book. Separate I don't know how well they would work. Gigi Shane has the melodious, dulcet tones that were made to read books with a dark, romantic atmosphere. My favorite part was how the artist used paintings to release spirits. There was something incredibly cool about the entire premise.


This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an
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tamara r smith
Quick fun read.

an entertaining tale, but seems amateurish and certainly not factual. interesting premise, no real character development, but as I said, a good little story to pass an empty hour.
Karel
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good! Mr. Wilson pulled it off! I questioned the use of "okay" in this work, and was pleased to find that I was wrong! The use in the U.S. in speech is recorded several years before Edgar Allan Poe died, according to the Oxford Dictionary of English. So read and enjoy!
Gina
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely phenomenal read. I could not put this down.

I love how this book kept me guessing as to what the heck was happening.

Happiness, suspense, rage, fear, love and tears.

A must read!
Kurt Criscione
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy, proof
Excellent story with Poe as the main character and a tie in to the DeChance series.
Kristen
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Full review is here on my blog!~

This is an interesting premise to be sure. This is a story about Edgar Allen Poe and Lenore, taking place on the borderline of North Carolina and Virginia. Around the same timeframe as Poe’s life as well, so… early-ish 1800s. It was definitely historic, at any rate.

Lenore MacReady has the ability to see spirits that are trapped on our plane of existence, and can free them by drawing them. Edgar Allen Poe is a writer who is often haunted by the dark stories that he
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Jenn
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge Edgar Allen Poe fan, especially the Raven, so much so that I have a tattoo on my calf making a reference to the writer. So when I came across this novel and seen it included Lenore and Poe as central characters I decided, why not let's see. This is the first book of his that I have picked up, and I have mixed feelings which seems to be happening a lot lately. The story starts of incredibly slow, and confusing in the beginning as to what is happening and the importance of the events t ...more
Lacey
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize this was part of a series but it did a really good job of being a stand alone novel. There was almost a cliff hanger at the end but the primary story had a conclusion and I'm sure if I really wanted to know what happened to the fairy tale I could go back and read the series. I'm quite satisfied with what I read and might not do that. It was atmospheric and unique with interesting characters and scenery. Not what I was expecting but it kept my attention and gave me the prod to re ...more
Renee
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read with lots of atmosphere and odd characters. A perfect choice when you find spare time and want something on the side of different to escape the craziness that is our world today.
Stephanie
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
So I always tend to read slower on a Kindle for some reason however this book was really good. It was mysterious and intriguing. I wanted to know what was going to happen next. I loved that one of the characters was based on Edgar Allan Poe and a raven named Grimm. That characters, plot and climax were so well developed and interesting. It's definitely worth the read.
Denise
Mar 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Not to say it was poorly written because honestly, I don't know. Just not my cup of tea.
Chris Montez
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Poe as portrayed in this novel, is at first much more "normal" than we know from factual accounts of his brooding personality. At first his character seems to serve mostly just to move tha narrative along.
That being said, this is a very enjoyable Gothic tale, and well worth reading, incorporating Poe, Lenore and the Raven into a gripping story.
Reba
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eerily captivating. The characters, Eleanor, Edgar, April and Tom are all engaging. This tale will leave you literarily satisfied and wondering...what could come next?
Phillip
Sep 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
It's very unusual for me to give up on a book. I consider it an insult to the author and a violation of my OCD, but four times in my life I have had to give up on novel; this one is the fourth. I am a third of the way through, and virtually nothing has happened so far. Edgar and Lenore have met at a hotel. Lenore has the ability to, I guess, erase people that she sees in her mind, on paper, and release them from some imprisonment that doesn't make much sense to be honest. I have read every novel ...more
Kai
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nevermore is story of a younger Edgar Allan Poe. In this story of how the Raven came to be, explores a possibility where Edgar Allan Poe meets Eleanor MacReady (aka Lenore)at The Lake Drummond Hotel. Both artist and writer are compelled to come to The Dismal Swamp.

With the accidental meeting between Lenore and Edgar Allan Poe, each discovered that they both have a gift. Lenore's gift as an artist is to free spirits that are trapped in objects. Edgar's gift (obviously) is to tell stories.

Lenore
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Deborah
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Deborah by: Read It & Reap 212
Shelves: own, read-it-and-reap
4.5 stars

Nevermore is a perfect fall read, a wonderful take on what led Edgar Allan Poe to write "The Raven." I was already a fan of Wilson's DeChance Chronicles. While Donovan DeChance makes only a cameo appearance in Nevermore, there are other insider references which enhanced my reading experience but, at the same time, are so well-integrated into the storyline that a new reader will not be confused. In that sense, Nevermore is both a great stand-alone novel and a good introduction to the DeC
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