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Deception of the Damned

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Sleeping Beauty meets Faust in this spellbinding ride through time and magic realms.

An absent-minded dreamer, Hrot feels miserable in his primitive times—so he sells his soul in exchange for a decade in Renaissance Prague. There he dabs in occult studies in a desperate attempt to sneak out of the deal.
Four centuries later, young reporter Jasmin Bierce leaves Alaska for
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Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Published March 14th 2019
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Maria Estrada
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For a first book, this novel is really well crafted. I enjoyed the pacing of the novel and was immediately drawn in by the prologue; the second half was brilliant. The characters were well developed. In fact, Hrot was a bit of a surprise as at first, he didn't have the makings of a hero. Throughout a majority of the novel he was really quite pathetic, despite his intellectual curiosity. His clumsiness was astounding, and it was a wonder he didn't kill himself the first few chapters of the book. ...more
Leanne Pert
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great debut book, well worth a read

Great read, i had a bit of trouble in the transition between part 1 and 2 in the changeover between Hrot and Jasmine, but soon got into the transition. For a a debut novel ill definatly be checking out more of this authors work.
Andrea Lundgren
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Book Review: (Full disclosure—this was a book on which I did the editing and book coaching.)

This novel has an intriguing premise and is primarily about whether Hrot and Jasmin can outwit or out-bargain the Emissary, exploring whether a "deal with the devil" can ever end in your favor. That being said, there are elements that aren't usually my "cup-of-tea" (just because of the genre). Here's a closer look at the Narration, Content, Characters, Artwork, World-Building, and Overall Response.

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Ximena Escobar
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m kind of gob-smacked! PC Darkcliff’s “Deception of the Damned” is a hugely epic adventure beyond anything I could have expected. Fair enough, this is the first full-length Fantasy novel I’ve ever read, but I’m fairly certain they don’t all carry you quite so smoothly down such a wide-ranging torrent of ongoing conflict and surprise—but also of time, dimensions, and even genres as this book does! One minute you’re entranced by darkness and mystery, the next you’re on the edge of your seat turn ...more
Jason Crawford
Today, I am reviewing the Dark Fantasy novel Deception of the Damned by P.C. Darkcliff. A thrilling tale with twists, turns, and negotiations with (basically) the Devil himself, I had a great time in this book!

I give this book a 4.5/5. Here is my breakdown.

Characters: 4/5. Darkcliff crafts very interesting main and side characters, from the despairing Hrot, a mind too advanced for his time, to the cryptic and magical Anath and the almost-too-compassionate Jasmin. I enjoyed their interactions and
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Priti J
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
P.C introduced me to this genre, magic segues into reality, and I'm hooked. Technically, the book ticks off all the right boxes - characters well rounded, and grounded, tight narration, a solid plotline. But more importantly, for me, what I read in this is the author's passion to draw the reader into the story, and entertain them through and through.
This is written especially for each and every individual reader - and every reader will get that impression. That is what it does to you. That is w
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Dimple
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very captivating story!! The way situations has been described by the author takes me to the character’s world! Loved the twists and turns!!
Glad I got this! :)
DW  Brownlaw
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hi PC, keep up the good work promoting this book (Deception of the Damned) - it deserves to do well. I loved both the twist at the end and the two main characters in this dual-POV story; their personalities were clearly & believably realised. If anyone is looking for a strong female lead ('strong' as in personality & determination, not as in 'kick-ass'), I can attest they will enjoy the efforts of Jasmine Bierce who takes over the second half of the story to confront the force of ultimate evil. ...more
John Dee
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Some friends are worth dying to save, others are dying to kill you. Can a resourceful ping woman survive when Evil befriends her?
Pratya Thakur
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting and absorbing. If you love to read paranormal then this is the book for you.
I highly recommend this book to all paranormal book lovers
Charlotte
Apr 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
*FULL DISCLOSURE* I did NOT finish this book. I made it to chapter 6 before I started to fall asleep. It's no where near bed time, so I'm done with this. Good luck to you.
Jim Bates
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Deception of the Damned tells the story of Hrot and Jasmin, two wonderfully drawn characters who come together under the most dire of circumstances. After an intriguing prolog we begin part I and learn of Hrot's story. He lives in an era where it seems like it's cold and snowing all the time. To say life is hard is putting it mildly. The book is full of stunning locations, my favorite being Prague in Renaissance Europe where Hrot finds himself after making a deal with The Emissary - to a bad res ...more
Lesley
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a very rich story that journeys not only across Europe, but across time as well. It is full of twists and turns, taking you to places you never expected. I was up at all hours of the night reading to find out what happens next. It is so masterfully written that I felt as if I was taking the journey along with Hrot. There is so much depth to this story that there could easily be a sequel. Fans of Christopher Marlowe will very much enjoy this author.
George S.
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book! It is a completely absorbing and original story, written in a beautiful, nearly poetic language.
The characters are wonderfully developed, and even the evil and supernatural ones feel so real that you can easily relate to them. They beautifully portrait the time periods the book takes you through.
The plot is so gripping that I could not put the book down. It is full of action and adventure and unexpected twists, but it can also slow down and be deep and emotional wh
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Kerri
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book. From the very first chapter, I found myself intrigued, wanting to understand the events taking place. At times I was filled with sorrow. At others I was fearful for the MC's as the story progressed. There are surprises and twists that keep you reading to the very end. I look forward to reading more from P.C. Darkcliff!
Daniel Roche
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Finished this book the other day and, though I generally dislike fantasy, found it enjoyable. I think the several sub genres helped, like when the author mixes drama, paranormal and humor into each scene. There's a lot of dimensional and time changes in this book, but the author handles it well and I never had an issue keeping up. Halfway through the novel we are introduced to a new character in present day. It threw me off a little, but once I got through a few more chapters, I quickly realized ...more
Steven Carr
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just finished the novel Deception of the Damned by P.C. Darkcliff and what a fun, exciting read it is. There are two terrific hooks that start this novel off, the entire prologue and the first line of Chapter One, “On the first day of his doom.” This novel is so well written that everything in it feels real, despite it being a combination of fantasy, adventure, drama, romance and at times subtle humor, all fiction of course. Part of its fun for me is that the story spans the globe with vivid d ...more
Elaine Carnegie
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A classic story of good vs evil told in the Author's own voice. A real page turner that challenges you to dig deeper into the realm of evil and leaves you seeking the light! Excellent read.
Jill Girardi
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You've heard of books that transport you to other worlds but you've never experienced it before, so you don't know how it feels? Pick up Deception of the Damned, and by the time you finish reading the first chapter, you will have been transported into the world of the story. Alas, you won't even realize it has happened as you will already be lost in this tale of gods and devil, of the primitive and the medieval and the modern- all at once, because this tale is an epic that travels through time. ...more
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I have been writing fiction ever since I learned my letters, and my first attempt was a short story about a talking dog. After a brief flirtation with sci-fi and adventure, I discovered the world of fantasy and supernatural fiction—and there was no turning back.
Apart from several short stories, I’ve written two novels and a series. Deception of the Damned and The Priest of Orpagus are available on
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