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Wrath of the Ancients

(Nemesis of the Gods #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Egypt, 1908: Eminent archaeologist Dr. Emeryk Quintillus has unearthed the burial chamber of Cleopatra. But this tomb raider’s obsession with the Queen of the Nile has nothing to do with preserving history. Stealing sacred and priceless relics, he murders his expedition crew, and flees—escaping the quake that swallows the site beneath the desert sands...

Vienna, 1913: Youn
Kindle Edition, 176 pages
Published October 24th 2017 by Lyrical Underground
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🌟🌟🌟 STARS.
This is my first Book By Catherine Cavendish and I found it to be suitably chilling with an almost gothic feel to it, overall I found this an enjoyable pleasant experience.
"Wrath of the Ancients" tells the story of archaeologist Dr Emeryk Quintillus and his quest and
obsession to resurrect his beloved Queen Cleopatra through any means necessary.
Doing this sets in motion an ancient curse that will have repercussions echoi
Kenneth McKinley
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-kindle, horror
Adeline Ogilvy, a young widow from Wimbledon, has accepted a job in Vienna. Her assignment is to employ her skills as a typist and transcribe the memoirs of the late Dr. Emeryk Quintillus, an archeologist with a most peculiar hidden history. When she begins her recording the doctor's notes, she learns that, five years earlier, he claims to discover the tomb of Cleopatra. Even more astonishing, it seems that he has brought more than secrets back from Egypt. Strange occurrences begin to happen at ...more
Kirsty ❤️
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
To say this book occurs over around six decades it moves along at a fast pace. The characters from the different eras weave effortlessly between each part of the book with Adeline the common denominator in all but the beginning. 

I enjoyed the timeline although I think certain bits could've been a bit longer. I really loved the references to the artists Klimt as well as Trotsky. I know a few bits and pieces about ancient Egypt but I didn't know Cleopatra had a sister so a bit of education for me
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, archaeology
My third encounter with the dark imagination of Catherine Cavendish in as many years, Wrath of the Ancients is a book that (rather fittingly) has the feel of a much older story. Like the darkest stories of Poe, Stevenson, and Doyle, it is a slow-burning tale of claustrophobia, madness, secrets, and myths. It may feel oddly structured to some readers, especially with the way it so abruptly departs from Adeline's story to explore other owners of the house, but it all pays off in the end.

This is a
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Lena by: Horror Aficionados BOM
Shelves: horror, dnf
DNF 50%
This is a mild pre war ghost story with some interesting ties to ancient Egypt. There’s nothing much wrong with it other than it’s not holding my attention. I’d normally push through for a redeemer/exciting ending but it’s the end of the month and I’ve just got to get on with it.
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, horror
this book beautifully combines Egyptian with horror. I liked it and was very curious about Dr. Emeryk Quintillus. We don't learn much about him, he's dead for most of the book. We follow this story, his through many years and it's so interesting to see how the story turns into something else by the end. (view spoiler) if your interested in Egypt and horror, this s ...more
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
I remember the March 1977 cover of National Geographic, the one with King Tut’s golden sarcophagus. That is where my fascination with the ancient world began: Howard Carter, the cures of the pharaohs. These are the things that can captivate a young person’s mind.

As soon as I read the synopsis of Catherine Cavendish’s Wrath of the Ancients, I knew I had to read this book. An early 20th century archaeologist/tomb raider and the curse that follows him. This is a story that would bring me back to my
4.5 stars!

WRATH OF THE ANCIENTS is Book 1 in the Nemesis of the Gods series by Catherine Cavendish. This book was an incredible blend of hysterical fiction/horror, dealing with an ancient Egyptian curse. The novel begins with a scene near the ruined temple of Taposiris Magna in Egypt, 1908. In this shocking and all-consuming opening, we are introduced to the ruthlessly obsessed Dr. Emeryk Quintillus, a tomb pillager only interested in getting what he wants.

What he desires--at any cost--is to be
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
The fear of what goes bump in the night becomes a reality for Adeline Ogilvy. A commission to transcribe the memoirs of the late Dr. Emeryk Quintillus leads Adeline to Vienna. Doctor Quintillus was obsessed with Cleopatra and fancied himself in love with her. Adeline is disturbed and curious about the doctor's claim that he found the tomb of the Queen. Following the instructions on a scroll he made his way to Egypt in 1908 where he kissed her corpse and escaped with a gold statuette that had bee ...more
Russell James
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wrath of the Ancients follows the story of Adeline Oglivy as she stumbles upon an Egyptian curse set loose by an unscrupulous archaeologist.
This sharply written novel hits all the high points expected in fine Gothic horror. The locations around Europe and Egypt are so well-crafted you are sure you've been there. Deeply drawn characters draw you in to truly share every moment of dread, fear, and triumph they experience.
Catherine Cavendish also gently folds in a believable level of actual history,
Red Lace Reviews
The year is 1913 and Adeline Ogilvy makes her way to Vienna, after accepting a career opportunity to transcribe the memoirs of the late Emeryk Quintillus. Rather than being able to settle down and do her work however, strange occurrences draw Adeline's attention, and soon she finds herself caught in a wicked scheme that involves the wrath of a God.

(WARNING: This review contains MAJOR spoilers.)

I purchased this one after I noticed the monthly Horror Aficionados group read, and even though it's no
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
First my disclaimer. I won this book on Goodreads and in exchange I'll give it a fair review.

I very much enjoyed this book. I read it all in two days. Obviously once I got started I couldn't put it down. You hardly need any other review than that but I'll add a few more things.

This is a story of an archaeologist, Quintillus, who discovers Cleopatra's tomb but rather than publicize the discovery, he steals a statue of Set and returns to his home in Vienna with the statue. Without saying anymore
Kimberly Hicks
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Horror/Suspense Readers
Recommended to Kimberly by: Author/Net Galley
Shelves: read-on-kindle
There are some books you read you just know would translate well onto the silver screen, and this is one such book! Oh my, if you’re looking for a great horror book to read, look no further! Wrath of the Ancients has all the ingredients for a spooky tale.

Miss Adeline Ogilvy is a young woman making her way in the world. She recently lost her husband to an unfortunate accident, leaving her to fend for herself in the cruel, cruel world. Part of her plan to make a better life for herself was to seek
Erin Al-Mehairi
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review soon!
Susan Roebuck
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read and enjoyed all of Catherine Cavendish’s books, most of which give the reader at least a glimpse of history. In “Wrath of the Ancients” she goes much further back, giving us a tale of Cleopatra and her burial tomb.

Dr. Emeryk Quintillus has discovered the tomb, thus achieving his dream of finding his one true love – Cleopatra. He steals dust from her body and also a golden statue of the God Set who was said to protect her. Quintillus murders all those involved in the discovery – not a n
Shehanne Moore
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The mistress of gothic horror strikes again…
I have read all of Catherine Cavendish’s books. In addition to writing the kind of horror I love, she has a real knack for blending past and present. And this first part of this new series does not disappoint, opening and closing with the kind of spine-tingling bang where you just know that for her characters horror is everywhere and there’s no escaping it no matter how hard they run.
Pity poor sensible, not easily frightened, Adeline Ogilvie who not o
Robin Goodfellow
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
-I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wrath of the Ancients, by Catherine Cavendish, is a gothic horror about an unrequited love forever trapped in the depths of evil.

The book is separated into three parts. The first part introduces a widow named Adeline Ogilvy, who goes to Vienna to translate a manuscript by the late Dr. Quintillus. When she begins her job however, she soon finds herself face to face with a terrifying entity, one that continues to haunt her afte
Stuart West
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Any time there's a new Catherine Cavendish release, it's cause for celebration, and her newest, Wrath of the Ancients, doesn't disappoint. In today's popular horror canvas of zombies and serial killers, Cavendish's gothic and atmospherically eerie tales are warmly spooky and inviting. To call her books "old-fashioned," however, would be a mistake as Cavendish balances her frightful bump-in-the-night events with modern psychology and self-examination of her characters, giving us heroes to cheer a ...more
What a great read! Of course I had to read this book during the day because I’d have been a paranoid mess if I had read it at night.

The heightened suspense and fear factor had me flying through this book. I would find myself muttering to the character Adeline: “don’t go down there”, “don’t open that door”, “don’t trust that person”, and does she listen? No. Characters in horrors are not the brightest. But that is what makes a horror a horror. There would be no plotline if she just up and ran the
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading this book, I have mixed feelings about it. If I were to classify it as a suspense thriller I would rate it as a good book, hence I'm giving it a 4 star rating. But if I were to classify as a horror book it doesn't work for me. It just not that horrifying to me. I'm glad it's not for I much prefer psychological thrillers to horror anyway. The story takes place in Vienna in Victorian times. It's the story of an archaeologist Dr. Quintillus who becomes so enraptured with Cleopatra tha ...more
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Old haunted mansions and a mummy’s curse means I was almost guaranteed to love this book.

The story spans decades, with our main character Adeline being the thread that ties everything together.

I think it says something about Catherine Cavendish’s writing ability that a story that only spends ten of its pages in Egypt can still make the reader feel that country’s atmosphere and layered past. And she was able to give the house its own sense of character as well. It was just as much a player as a
Lynn Demsky
This was a most interesting read --- from ancient Gods to Cleopatra – an insane archeologist and an English widow typist --- right from the beginning the story just burst forth and continues until the end – and, the end leaves you wondering. Good, quick fast moving, suspenseful read! Quick fanciful read! and, makes you wonder..............
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: won-on-goodreads
I almost put this book down several times during the first part. It didn't really catch my interest. The change in perspective in the second part made me want to see where the author was going with the story. The third part tied things together somewhat, but overall, I'd have to say that I just liked the book, rather than loved it. ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great archeological terror story. Well researched, it had me captivated from the first page. I loved how it spanned the years and I am greatly looking forward to the second book in the series.
I received this book as part of a good reads giveaway but the opinions expressed are solely my own.
Read by Fred
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I enjoyed the book. A victorian horror with an ancient Egyptian theme was great.

The final battle at the home in Vienna was anti climatic for me, but the story was very good.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I think it’s a generous rating. The book is simultaneously too long and not long enough.
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Hello, my name's Catherine Cavendish and I write horror fiction - frequently with ghostly, supernatural, Gothic and haunted house themes.

My latest novel - IN DARKNESS, SHADOWS BREATHE - is published by Flame Tree Press. Carol and Nessa are strangers with one thing in common, they are in the hands of an entity that knows no boundaries and crosses dimensions - bending and twisting time itself - wher

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