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He is England's greatest knight, the man who saved the life of Alfred the Great and an entire kingdom from a Viking invasion. But when he is called back into service to combat a plague of monstrous beasts known as abominations, he meets a fate worse than death and is condemned to a life of anguish, solitude, and remorse.

She is a fierce young warrior, raised among an elite
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 29th 2015 by Inkshares
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ENGLAND, 888 A.D. As King Alfred the Great struggles to defend his realm from hordes of Viking invaders, t…more
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ENGLAND, 888 A.D. As King Alfred the Great struggles to defend his realm from hordes of Viking invaders, the Archbishop of Canterbury stumbles upon an ancient secret — dark magic that could turn the tide of the war in England’s favor. But when exposure to the magic corrupts the Archbishop, Alfred commands his greatest Knight, Sir Wulfric, to hunt the mad priest down. One final campaign for Wulfric, and one that brings with it disastrous consequences...(less)

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Hannah Greendale
Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

It is 880 AD, and Wulfric has aided Alfred the Great in saving the kingdom from a Viking invasion. In the midst of repairing destruction caused by the war, a cache of ancient scrolls is discovered, scrolls written in an arcane form of Latin. When a learned priest deciphers the scrolls and releases nightmare creatures known as abominations, Wulfric barely has time to settle into a comfortable life before King
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I really want to bring attention to this one. In a word, Abomination was AWESOME. It feels like I’ve been waiting for a book like this my whole life, a historical fantasy mixed with horror that puts the “dark” in Dark Ages.

The only catch? The first part of this novel, made up of the first eight chapters, is its major weakness. I don’t want this to put anyone off though, because it really is not bad. However, when compared
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
I mean, this book gave me nightmares, which is GOOD because it has a lot of horror in it, which is the point, because it's a testament to how the writing was great. (HI GARY I KNOW YOU!) And there are Templars and history and knights and there's a kick-ass girl character, but I had a traumatizing experience when I was seven when my mom took me to see Aliens in the theater WAY too early, so creepy crawly things give me the heebie jeebies REALLY bad. What I'm trying to say is that if you want a re ...more
Ellen Gail
There was always something new to chill the blood and shake one's faith in God. What manner of God, after all, would suffer such a blasphemy upon his earth?


Long dramatic drawn out sigh. I don't know. My expectations were definitely too high. I was expecting something truly frightening. Abomination was occasionally creepy and often violent, but never bone-chillingly horrifying.

So here we have a historic horror set in ye olde England complete with knights and Vikings and all th
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
He is England’s greatest Knight, the man who saved the life of Alfred the Great and an entire kingdom from a Viking invasion. But when he is called back into service to combat a plague of monstrous beats known as abominations, he meets a fate worse than death and is condemned to a life of anguish, solitude, and remorse.

She is a fierce young warrior, raised among an elite order of knights. Driven by a dark secret from her past, she defies her controlling father and set out on a dangerous quest
Jay G
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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*I recieved a copy of this book from goodreads in exchange for my honest review*

4.5/5 Stars

After helping King Alfred the Great defeat the Norse in battle, Wulfric wishes for nothing but a simple life with his wife Cwen. It is not long until Wulfric is summoned by the King to help rid the world of a new threat. A power hungry archbishop discovered a set of ancient scrolls written in La
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic first novel by screenwriter Gary Whitta. Given that he's written everything from game reviews to comics to adventure games to an upcoming Star Wars film, this doesn't come as a surprise. An unconventional narrative structure, a convincing method of integrating magic into medieval history, and rich, driven characters make this an engaging read. Avoid reading descriptive reviews if you can, because unexpected turns make for a fascinating unfolding of story. I thoroughly enjoyed Abominati ...more
Aug 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
I'm pretty sure this was meant as Young Adult fare. Or else Gary Whitta has to be the most infantile writer writing fantasy today. I wish I had known this coming in or else I would have gotten an earlier jump on Clive Barker's The Thief of Always.

Great for pre-teens, but just painful for a forty year old fantasy fan.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a page turner. If you enjoy science fiction you will love the non-stop action in Abomination.
The characters are well written, and the story line is easy to understand. When the point of view changes it keeps the story fresh and exciting, but best of all it is Not confusing. I easily knew which character I was reading about.
I give 4.5 and happily round up to five stars. 4.5 because there are some parts of the story were very perfectible. It didn't distract from the story and w
Avalon Radys
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not too well-versed in the fantasy or sci-fi genres, but I fell in love with this book, as it appeals to anyone who loves a good adventure. Abomination is an incredible debut novel from screenwriter Gary Whitta.The genre-blending of historical fiction and fantasy, enmeshed with elements of horror and sci-fi, carries enthralling adventures with unconventional plot lines. The story development and pacing of Abomination flows like a captivating screenplay. I hope everyone will take the time to ...more
May 21, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Okay, so it's not a finished product. I'm reading a review copy from Netgalley. There's no paragraph breaks. The man needs a dictionary. Very badly. Words just don't mean what he thinks they mean.

I should be all over this. A supernatural thriller set in King Alfred's time? Zing! I'm all over that! But boy golly! I don't think the author's ever read a history book much less a historical novel. Maybe he's watched a History Channel Special or two. Every detail is so wrong. Is this a young adult no
Todd Johnson
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of Gary Whitta's work in other fields, but I didn't know what to expect with this book. I'm very glad I gave it a shot, though, because Abomination is a really entertaining mix of dark fantasy, historical fiction and horror. Whitta really knows how to dive into the deep end of a genre without falling prey to that genre's tropes and clichés. Abomination is heavy on story, but not at the expense of quiet character moments. I'm being deliberately vague about the details of the plot, b ...more
Nicholas Smith
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up Abomination. I ended up blowing through it faster than any book in the past year. Why? Because the plot is compelling and never stops moving. The characters are awesome. I really enjoyed Wulfric and Indra. There was a bit of a dues ex feel to their connection, but I won't give any spoilers. Overall it still worked.

Gary Whitta is also a master of description. The Abominations are really unique, and it was really neat how they were all different.

Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this first novel by screenwriter Gary Whitta to be an overwhelming success! The storyline is solid and diverse never letting the reader slip into complacency. I love historical novels as well as the realm of horrific fantasy; I was not let down on either front. Weaving poetic prose with a tale of black magic, adding twists and turns along the way takes true talent. Whitta has it! Abomination is a must read!
Venus Maneater
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book has been compared to books by Lovecraft and GRRMartin, but it comes nowhere near those masterpieces. It lacks depth, orginality, worldbuilding and the horror it claims to contain.

Many characters feel flat as a board, the plot is boring and unsurprising....Abomination is my first dissapointment of 2016.
Jul 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody, ever.
This is what happens when screenwriters don't do their research and then go ahead and write their book anyway because they think we're all too stupid to notice the whole "I didn't do any research for this book" thing.

Welcome to the Hollywood Dark Ages that never was, not because of the magic and monsters but because of the total lack of anything actually Dark Ages in the book. Well, King Alfred & horses & swords & human blood count, I suppose, but all the rest of it is pure Hollywood Make-
J.-F. Dubeau
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Whitta's roots as a screenwriter shine through in the pacing of this excellent book. There is an economy of words and paragraphs where nothing is wasted on fluff. As you'd expect from a film, there are a lot of predictable stereotypes and tropes, both in story beats and characters, however Whitta uses these to his advantage, hiding his more important secrets and impactful twists behind the elements we think we can see coming a mile aways.

Abomination is one of those books that is both formidable
J.N. Tomczak
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished reading Abomination. I really enjoyed it, but most of all I really loved the author's writing style. Even for historical fiction, it was really easy to understand. I thought it well done. Also, the characters. I really loved Wulfric and the King and their war-born friendship. And I loved the fight scenes. I thought they were well executed. All in all, a great read! ...more
David Walsh
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid read and I enjoyed the main characters enough. Would have been nice to get into Wulfric's head a bit more, that way some of the plot turns would have been a bit more engaging. ...more
Courtney Rinaldi
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bloody brilliant...and terrifying at times. I didn’t love the ending, it felt too abrupt and happy for the twisted gore of this book (and I usually long for happy endings). Gary Whitta could have written for lifetimes about these characters! Give us a sequel!
What did it matter if the threat was imagined? During the darkest days of the scourge, the Order had been a symbol of hope for a populace living in fear. The scourge might be gone, but the need for symbols remained. People still needed something to fear, for that kept them loyal and dutiful. They needed hope, for that kept them productive. They still needed someone better than themselves to look up to and respect. And young men still needed a place to come and be trained to fight in service of ...more
Nina Ann
I received this book through a Goodreads/Inkshares Giveaway.
I have some conflicting feelings when it comes to rating this book. First of all, Whitta’s writing style is completely refreshing. I read the whole thing in one sitting, partly because I was on a plane, but also because it read as easily as watching a film, without being too simplistic.
Unfortunately, the cinematic style of this novel was also a downside. Like many SF/action films, I knew what the “plot twist” was going to be and how th
Sara J. (kefuwa)
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: possibly for fans of Gary Whitta's work
Recommended to Sara J. by: Netgalley ARC
Hmmm... I am not quite sure what it is about this story... but I think I quite enjoyed it. Maybe it's because I'm playing Dragon Age and Indra just acts like fem-Hawke would it my head? Or maybe the first 10% of the story it's just shades of Diablo (the game)? Or maybe it just reminds me of Ladyhawke (haha just not the way you think)? Tropes much?

Well whatever it is/was, it was done well enough that I enjoyed reading it and getting to the (rather tidy and convenient but somehow that didn't real
Jonathan Maas
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read in recent memory - hope to do a full review soon

In the meantime, if you are a fan of A Game of Thrones or The Pillars of the Earth, or anything else - I'd recommend this one.

It is incredible!
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Abomination has one of the most interesting blurbs I've read proudly displayed on its back cover. "Game of Thrones by way of H.P. Lovecraft," one reviewer claims but I guess by now the phrase "something something Game of Thrones something something" should really just send up a red flag on my radar. First the Dinosaur Lords and now Abomination have both been compared to G.R.R.M's epic fantasy series this year and both have fallen painfully short of the mark. Only maybe that's understating it a b ...more
David Agranoff
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: monsters, fantasy

I was very interested in this book from the first moment I knew it existed. Book of Eli is a favorite of mine, and what I considered to be a underrated classic in one of my favorite genre of story post apocalyptic. That movie was excellently structured and you could just tell it have a great script as it's backbone. I was very excited when I heard he had gotten the gig for writing Rogue One the first stand alone Star Wars film. I know it's a little thing but his involement with a never produced
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, 2010s, horror
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway sponsored by Inkshares.

I feel kind of bad about my rating, as I think the author has potential and the story is engaging, but my biggest peeve was the absent worldbuilding. The writing is average, but meant to not dwell on too much detail.

Abomination takes place in the Dark Ages, somewhere near 800-850 AD in England. King Alfred of Wessex has been battling the Danes for years, and hopes that peace is soon in the future.

Yzabel Ginsberg
[I received an ARC through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

A somewhat entertaining read with good ideas and a somber atmosphere, oozing despair, but also bits of hope at times. Unfortunately, I found it a bit too dry when it came to the characters and their actions, "telling" more than "showing" how they were, acted and felt.

The premise was interesting: a dark, dark age, with King Alfred trying to protect his kingdom against the invader, so full of despair that he ends up resorting
Original Link to the review at my blog Le' Grande Codex - here


Stuff of nightmares this book but nothing short of brilliant for Gary Whitta's 'Abomination'. He was the screenwriter of 'The Book of Eli' and worked with many of the Star Wars and Walking Dead material. So we expected something good but we got something majestic. Clearly mixing history with the horror, Abomination is all darkness and alluring and not all shy of graphic violence and jarring details that comes with the territor
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
For a first time novel, this was a fantastic effort. This guy wrote the screenplay for The Book Of Eli, one of my favorite movies. This is the tale of Wulfric, a warrior who served Alfred the Great and became his good friend, having saved his life. After serving the king, Wulfric was knighted and given a parcel of land and met a wonderful woman who kept him in line. Her name was Cwen. The couple were blessed with a newborn child when the king called upon his old friend to come help him yet again ...more
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Gary Whitta is an award-winning screenwriter best known for The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington. He also co-wrote the Will Smith sci-fi movie After Earth, and was writer and story consultant on Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead. He is co-writer of the upcoming Star Wars movie Rogue One as well as the animated series Star Wars Rebels.

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