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REVERENCE AWAITS

Rashell’s brother has vanished. When the local villagers express no concern, she enlists the help of a stranger from a faraway city to find Teth.

Investigator Derrik discovers the people worship a massive stone known as the Amethyst. Even more bizarre, an ancient relic of a mummy fuels their reverence.

Given limited time, Rashell and Derrik confront these mys
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Published September 24th 2020

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Carrie
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, fantasy, horror, cults
Rashell's brother is missing, and no one is her village is doing anything to help find him. Keer the village leader seems to not ever care that he is gone. So she sends away for an outsider to come investigate. They don't like outsiders in this place

Derrik, is an investigator who arrives but it isn't just the missing brother that he is interest in. Yes it is part of the reason he is there, the other is because stories of this village has reached the organization that he works for. It is the cult
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Jesse Bailey
Sep 24, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Amethyst is now live! Visit my author website to get a free copy today!
If you enjoy cosmic horror, dark fantasy, lgbtq characters, weird fiction, then this one if for you.
Liz
Oct 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, fantasy
If I can ever resist a book cover with an ominous feel and a skull, hell will freeze over. Thus, with my visual senses tempted, I dove into the story and… well, it definitely was an episode of a creepy kind.

Reverence has a big place at the core of this story. Reverence towards Amethyst and the associated existing supernatural, in this weird village, in this dedicated cult. The whole place boggles the mind, and yet, there are those who would do its bidding. Heck, protect it. Even though it clearl
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JaeRavenClaw
I received a digital copy of Amethyst from BookSirens, so I want to thank them and the author Jesse Nolan Bailey for the opportunity to indulge in a book.

What an interesting ride.

Rashell lives in a small village and has asked for help in finding her missing brother, Teth. Derrik arrives, but immediately is at odds with the village priest, Keer. Rashell already has misgivings about Keer, the village and their loyalty to a stone called the Amethyst that does appear to have supernatural powers….and
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Deana The  Queen
I received an ARC of this book and am leaving a review voluntarily.

I really struggled with how to rate this book.

Rashell’s brother is missing, and when the village elders rest on their laurels, Rashell decides to bring in outside help in the form of Derrik, an investigator of strange phenomenons, to find him. The village elders, however, are not happy that Rashell has brought a stranger into their midst.

Derrik soon realizes, however, that there is something more irregular than just a missing pe
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Rowena Andrews
Hot on the heels of his debut The Jealousy of Jalice which is one of my favourite books of 2020, comes Amethyst, a fantasy novella that is quite different and yet still showcases Jesse Nolan Bailey’s ability to weave a gripping story, even within the tight confines of 133 pages.
I love stories that explore the idea that humans are just as terrifying or ‘evil’ (depending on your point of view of course) as the monsters lurking in the shadows, I especially loved them when they’re done like this. W
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Nainika Gupta
Oct 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I really enjoyed this short story, as it was both eerie and horrific. A quick horror fantasy that is very Lovecraftian. If Bailey ever decides to expand on this tale I would really enjoy his expansion on this story. I felt that the scenes within the story were described with fantastic attention to detail. This amazed me because I took from that that Bailey had some amazing visual material on which he based his setting. I thought this story wasn't rushed at all, even though it was shorter than th ...more
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
The first thing that hooked me into this book was the cover....yes I am one of those people that do judge a book by its cover!

This book features characters that all add something too the storyline (with this being a short story this adds great depth) , Rashell, Teth and Derrik, the author describes them in a way that you can picture them.

You follow them on their journey , uncovering mysteries while trying to find out what happened to Rashell's brother. I think this is a great short story to rea
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Paul English-Wolfe
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Amethyst is a fairly low-fantasy, cosmic-horror style story that focuses initially on the disappearance of main character Rashell’s brother Teth. As with all good ‘weird’ stories, it’s not quite as simple as that, and as we creep through the 133 pages, we are presented with something far darker and more sinister.

As with The Jealousy of Jalice, Nolan Bailey has created a story of claustrophobic tension, with horror and suspense palpable throughout. That this malevolence has grown to full-term in
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Helena Zelin
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance review copy for free, via BookSirens, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

So. It was quite the story. Where do I begin? There's so much to talk about, especially considering its a short story.

Okay, okay, I know. Let's start from the very first thing we do when reading a book. What a great cover! You didn't see that coming, did you? Judging a story from its cover, be it a book or a movie/series is terribly wrong - we all know that, yet we all do it. This time, however,
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Chloe
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Amethyst 💀 by Jesse Nolan Bailey

I’ve signed up for BookSirens, and I get a free copy of a book for an honest review. I got an electronic copy of this book and read it on my phone.

Within the first two pages I’m questioning whether or not I like the way the Bailey writes. It’s descriptive, but absolutely convoluted. But I realised I can actually read and understand it a hell of a lot better when my full attention is on the book (I’ve tried getting into it at work, wasn’t happening).

I particularly
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Robin
Sep 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you Book Sirens and Jesse Nolan Bailey for giving me an ARC copy of the book in exchange for a fair review!

In Amethyst, Rashell's brother is missing, and no one seems to care except her. She sends out a letter for help but is still surprised when help does come to her town—one that hates outsiders.

The town has its own beliefs and traditions that are far from normal, including worshiping a stone called the Amethyst. The investigator who comes to help—Derrik—cannot wrap his head around the
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Ronni Adams
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Rashell lives in a small, secluded village and enlists the help of an 'outsider', Derrik, to help her investigate the disappearance of her brother Teth.

The entire village seems to be under the compulsion and influence of the village priest, Keer. The village feels very much like a secluded cult, and wary of strangers. Something called Reverence is observed fanatically, whereby a glowing, mysterious stone called
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PAR
Aug 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Rashell’s brother has disappeared and no one in her village seems at all interested in finding our what has happened to him. Rashell seems help form a stranger, and investigator name Derrik. Derrik discovers that the villagers worship a huge stone. The story unravels to unearth what has happened to her brother. This was my first read from this author. I found the work to be somewhat unsettling. I think this is a great read for someone who might be more into horror than I am. I received an advanc ...more
Tiffany L Poynter
Oct 31, 2020 rated it liked it
I received this ARC from BookSirens in exchange for an honest review.

While this is not the type of book I would normally pick up I was intrigued by the story.

A sister bringing an outsider into her small town to help look for her missing brother. The outsider delves into the intricate workings of this town and discovers secrets that are truly hard to believe.

If you’re looking for a twisted dark story this is a great one. Nice quick read with lots of darkness to it.
A Mac
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This short work was really well-written, from the setting to the characters to the overall suspense. The characters were varied and interesting, making me quickly invested in what happened to them. The mysteries and suspense that surrounded the story and its characters were also extremely well-written and engaging. I highly recommend this story!

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Ollie Bowdoin
Review posting sometime tomorrow. I can say that I liked this even more than I like the authors debut novel, The Jealousy Of Jalice, which was a great book.
Stef
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a great example as to why I do not trust the people in standalone villages.
An investigator is contacted by a member of a village seeking help to find her missing brother. Only for him to turn up to a village who worship a mysterious purple glowing stone called the amethyst and further investigation leads to some secrets that get more and more sinister.
Rashell who contacts this man is pretty taken aback by him at first and thinks he’s not that interested in helping her but soon realises h
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Dollie
Feb 02, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Thank you to BookSirens for allowing me to read this book for free. This is my review: A town worships beneath a large hanging boulder of amethyst. Their leader, Keer, leads their worship. They are a cult, except for one woman, Rashell, who is somewhat of an outcast in the town. Rashell’s brother, Teth, has gone missing and no one, including Keer, seems to care. She writes to the Organized Association of Phenomenon Study in a nearby city to see if they can send someone. They sent a young man, De ...more
Doreen Fernandes
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading the book. The description of the place was very vivid. The characters were well thought out. The storyline was fluid. A sister looking for her missing brother enlists outside help to find him. This is frowned upon by the local chief who harasses the outsider by forcing him to undergo a bizarre ritual. Will the outsider survive the machinations of the chief? What are the secrets he is hiding? A gripping story which will give you the chills
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Enthralled by the magic that written stories contain, Jesse Nolan Bailey has always wanted to be an author. With his debut novel, THE JEALOUSY OF JALICE, and his shorter fiction, AMETHYST, released to the masses, he can now claim such title with relief. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, where he has embraced the equally-gratifying lifework of hosting a trio of spoiled cats and two mini-aussies.

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