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The Medium

(Liminality #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  25 reviews
It begins with the breaking of a gentle monster.

A medium cannot kill. A medium must not kill. And a medium should never become a vampire.

Lenny played human, kept his head down, never took a life, until Sebastian came. Torn away from his comfortable life, he is plunged into an endless night of manipulation, death, and blood. The only light in the dark is Kim, a young wizard
Paperback, 386 pages
Published December 12th 2013 by Qui Est in Literis (first published November 30th 2013)
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Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it


I do not like this cover,in fact,it is on my top ten worst book covers.The font is terrible and it doesn't present the book at all.This book is so much better,to be honest,and I hesitated at first just because of the cover,but I am glad I started it.So pick this up!


The Medium is the first book in the 'Liminality' series.This is a vampire-ish fantasy horror series,but it wasn't scary at all for me.I really wanted to read a different horror vampire story,but this didn't met my e
Faye, la Patata
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Didnt' like it too much >_< ...more
La La
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Drum roll please...

One of my rare five star ratings!!!!

This book was exquisite, and I will be back after I have had a chance to let all of its deliciousness sink in. Brava, M.R. Graham for penning a vampire book to rival all vampire books! I received this book from Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is really more of a character study than anything else, a portrait of how a decent man could be conditioned into a passive, submissive state (to the point of being an accessory to murder). Intellectually, I admire how Graham accomplished this. Emotionally, though, I felt like I'd gone through the wringer. One second, I'd be feeling all hopeful for Lenny, only to be subjected to mind-numbing agony and frustration the next. It's a rollercoaster ride.

Graham does morally ambiguous incredibly w
MR Graham promised that this book would be good and it is! I first read her book "In The Shadow OF The Mountains" which I won as an ARC through Goodreads and Daniel Leland became my new favourite vampire. The Medium is a stand alone novel but it ties in with the Shadow towards the end of the book (much to my surprise and delight!). Lots of action, blood and guts, suspense and ghoulish action with twists and turns all the way through. New charachers - Kim, Coyote and Zeb - who I hope to see in fu ...more
Noree Cosper
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So, it so interesting seeing what happened in the Shadow of the Mountains from the eyes of one of the antagonists. I have to admit that Lenny has become a favorite, almost as much as Daniel. This whole book shows you how Lenny became Hugo. Not only does it make you really feel for him and his lot in life, but it puts Sebastian in a more sympathetic light, at times. At other times, I really hated Sebastian. This story really portrays how much we can become products of our circumstances.

If you hav
Alicia Wright
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is my favourite book of M. R. Graham's so far. The Medium is The Shadow in the Mountains from the other side, as it were, and I think it works really well. I can't really say much about the plot without ruining it I feel, so I won't say anything but agree with another reviewer that it is a rollercoaster ride...

My favourite thing about it though is the characters. I got really attached to Kim and Lenny in particular. I even felt sympathy for Sebastian towards the end.

If you like vampires bu
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book thru the author for an honest review. This is the first book I have read from M.R. Graham and it wont be my last. I just purchased for free two of her books off of Proof: A Short Talk of the Undead & The Truth of the matter and I cant wait to read them.M.R. Graham will have you visually seeing what she writes. She is very descriptive and I love it! I loved the characters and the story thank you again for letting me read & review!
M.R. Graham
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Author review, yes. It'll be good, I promise. ;D ...more
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He is more than a vampire he is a medium. He is not a good vampire and he is kidnapped by something even worse. He knows this creature needs help. What is he going to do? Can he help them? He may need the help of someone else. See how he gets on

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Sue Wallace
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The medium by M.R Graham.
This was a slow but ok read. I liked some of the characters. I would've liked more action. So only 4*.
Ramona Plant
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a newer take on a much written about subject which covers a few different paranormal genres quite well. M.R. is definitely an excellent author that knows how to weave a web around his authors. The book has a good pace to it with constant changes that work well of each other. The overall feel of the book feels a bit hopeless though.

M.R. did an excellent job in developing Lenny's character. You really feel like you know him, well until you read the next book which shows that you haven't le
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow. THAT was a ride.

Structurally, the book was a little confusing, especially in the second half after the main character plots diverged and new major characters were introduced ... but that's excusable in a serial book. I still have some questions that need answered, so hopefully those will come up in the sequel. :)

Overall, it was a riveting story with very good writing and memorable characters. All the important stuff, you know? I was impressed!
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Medium #1 - My first read by Ms. Graham, and I liked and hated it. I'm bored by most vampire stories but this finely crafted story kept my interest, although I had to take two weeks to read it. It's wordy with repetition and I needed breathers from the intensity and darkness. Ms. Graham took several themes and combined them into a substantial read using vampires, ghosts, mediums and a few other paranormals. Add heavy doses of insanity, cruelty (nothing graphic), loyalty and other thought/beh ...more
Pat Eroh
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is very original. The main character is a nice guy who doesn't want to kill people, no he cannot kill people. He is connected to people in death (thus, the medium). Such a wonderful character. Then enters the bad guy. This story will grab you on page one and keep you reading to the end. Excellent story and I hope there are many more to come.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Tamara Edmunds
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a page turner

There were times this book made no sense, but then it was easily straightened out. I couldn't stop reading; each page pulled me along which made for several extremely late nights falling asleep. I am very eager to read the next book to see if Kim and Lenny reunite.
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good

Very good. Feel like my heart has been beaten with a mallet and the blended. Before of course being set on fire. 10/10.
Vicky Quenault
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book but it just never really became a solid story.
The writing is confusing and somehow it makes death and cruelty actually become boring.
Not a fan of this one.
Beth Wilson
Good book

This book is complex and very interesting. I like the way the characters are written and the premise keeps you reading.
Elizabeth Mathis
Lenny is good at teaching physics. He is good at fixing things, making friends, and not attracting attention. He is good at being a medium, helping spirits pass beyond the Veil. But as a vampire incapable of violence, he has always been a bit of a joke.

All it takes is a drink in a hotel bar, a stumble into the wrong place at the wrong time, to run him afoul of Sebastian Duran, a lunatic who controls other people’s minds better than he can control his own. Torn away from everything he knows, trap
~ Rose ~ ☯Desert Rose❀
My Review
3 Roses

Now I Need A Chocolate Bar...

So, this book is kind of depressing. *Edit* Very depressing.

While it is a fantasy, vampire lore story with murder and blood and all that, that's not the point of the book. It's more of a side element - an extra layer, adding a random spin to mental abuse, several disturbing issues, and an incredibly sad, twisted situation.

It very much felt to me, as if the author originally wanted to write a novel about mental abuse, mental illness, Stockholm Syndrome, PTSD, and abus
Rosie Zayne
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See my review for this novel here on Goodreads!
Sherry Ellis
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
In this dark novel of wizards and vampires, we meet Leonard Hugo. He is a medium turned vampire. He's also a stuttering wuss. Things get really bad for Leonard when he meets Sebastian Duran, a completely psychotic vampire, who kidnaps and tortures him. Throughout the book, we see the complete ruin of two lost souls. Both of their minds are twisted and sick. Leonard becomes a pathetic (and somewhat annoying) puppet with no backbone, and Sebastian is an unrelenting, manipulative, evil, control fre ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
«The Medium» (a prequel to the «In the Shadow of the Mountains») from the very beginning makes you enjoy a insightful portentous story dedicated to the concept of ambivalent nature. Lenny, shy and innocuous guy, kidnapped by a bloody-minded vampire Sebastian, becomes just a stooge for him. Although Lenny is a medium and also a vampire there is no harm in him. One would think that he has a chance then to take a closer look at his own nature and not to come to terms with the circumstances and read ...more
Concetta Phillipps
Just couldn't get into it

The concept sounded intriguing in summary form, but the actual writing has me going a little crazy. From the concepts with only She/Him for pronouns to the stuttering of a damaged vampire, the writing just wasn't strong enough to hold me until pieces started making sense.

I would suspect for stronger fans of the vampire genre they might be more interested in this novel. Just not for me.
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USA Today bestselling author M.R. Graham is a native Texan who traces strong cultural roots back to Scotland, Poland, and England. A mild-mannered PhD student during the day, Graham transforms at night into a raging Holmesian loremaster and rabid novelist.
Though passionate about all scholarship and academia, Graham's training and true love lies with anthropology, particularly the archaeological br

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Liminality (6 books)
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  • The Mage (Liminality #3)
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