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Oblivio salvationem Angelis opperitur

Oblivion awaits the Angel’s salvation

The Boy can see lost souls.

He has never questioned the fact that he can see them. He thinks of them as the Dark Chorus. When he sets out to restore the soul of his dead mother it becomes clear that his ability comes from within him. It is a force that he cannot ignore – the last shard of the shatter
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Published October 14th 2020 by Darkstroke Books (Crooked Cat Books)
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Jessica Belmont
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review:
WOW.
I can end my review there, right The? That pretty much sums up The Dark Chorus by Ashley Meggitt! This may be one of the best books I have read this year.
It has everything. Fantasy, horror, mystery, and commentary on very relevant social issues. The writing is just incredible. I was immediately drawn in. I got very little sleep when I decided to read this because there was no chance of putting it down.
The characters. The plot. The pace. Honestly, I’m just impressed and having trouble
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Pascal
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great page turner that is brilliantly written. The characters, especially the boy and Eve interact with a balance of reality and surrealness that draws you in and keeps you guessing. You don't have to like dark fiction to enjoy this...I hope there’s another one on the way! ...more
Charlie Tyler
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am in awe of Meggitt’s writing. His descriptive prose is as ethereal as the contents of the Boy’s fire-jars. My wish for this book – to have been in the ancient crypt to see the true beauty of the Dark Chorus. This is a complicated premise – dark souls must be collected to cleanse the shards of the soul of a fallen angel – the irony being, the more corrupt the soul, the better. You’ll need to concentrate from the start, but it’s worth every bit of brain power and, from the moment I discovered ...more
Sharon Rimmelzwaan
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Dark Chorus by Ashley Meggitt is a book that combines a bit of everything - there was mystery, intrigue, drama, fantasy, dark humour and a large dollop of horror. A story that all I can say is "Wow"! I have read some superb books over 2020 and this counts among them.
I opened this book on kindle and that was me, done! It took me all my time to tear myself away and do 'normal' things.
The Dark Chorus begins in The Boy's world, the boy can see the lost souls of the afterlife and is desperately
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Helen Matthews
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Dark Chorus is one of those novels that's hard to pin down. I'd been warned it was a dark and macabre read and was expecting gothic horror (not my usual choice of genre but I'm always up for a reading challenge) but the further I got into the book, the more I found it didn't fit into any neat pigeonhole - which made it more intriguing. It has supernatural and fantasy overtones, some historical context, such as Victorian era eugenics but it's also a pacey serial killer crime story and written ...more
Michelle Cook
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dark and magical

You know when you read a book that ticks so many of your boxes you wish you’d written it? That’s how I feel about The Dark Chorus. It has everything: epic fantasy, horror, violence, mystery and a big dose of couldn’t-be-more relevant social commentary .

The Boy is thirteen. His birth in an insane asylum could not have been a less auspicious start. Yet he has a special talent: he can see, and capture, the souls of others. This ability he intends to put to use saving the soul of hi
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Lisa
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
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The Dark Chorus
Ashley Meggitt

During the course of this story we meet “The Boy”, a 13 year old who has the special talent of being able to see and collect souls. He is trying to perform a ritual to save his mother from limbo, since he trapped her there during the time of her death. Unfortunately his ritual involves the death of another soul. Along the way he meets Makka, a psychotically violent young man and Vee, an abused young woman, both have been horribly treated by people who should have bee
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Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
This is a completely different read for me, a book out of my comfort zone should we say. A bit wierd, a bit woah whats going on? Took me a while to get use to it all I.e the spirits, rituals, souls, transferring etc as I have no clue about that at all. We all have our own beliefs about that sort of thing but for me it's not something I've thought about.
However, after a few chapters I got into it. SURPRISE. I know it shocked me too. I did enjoy it in the end, something different. Mix between rea
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P.J. Mordant
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Dark Chorus (TDC) centres around a young boy, possessed of the ability to release trapped souls. The concept unfolds in his regret that he was unable to let his dying mother ‘go'; he sees it as a selfish act and blames himself for the fact that her soul did not run free. Instead it joined the ranks of the dark chorus comprising of other trapped souls. He hears their chaotic calls and they haunt him—tear at his own soul—so he spends his time collecting them before he can eventually set them l ...more
Paula  R. C. Readman
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A deep dark book. A well thought out plot told in the first person. It’s a thinking person’s novel as it makes you question the meaning of the soul. The narrator, the boy see only logic in his behaviour as he seeks his mother’s lost soul. A unique tale.
Austrian Spencer
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When you start Ashley Meggitt's "The Dark chorus", the language Mr. Meggitt uses, automatically makes you aware that here is an author, not only with a firm grasp of evocative prose, but who has rightly mastered that same language – and by that, I mean has a degree in writing. And it shows, and you know instantly that the story is not going to go well. Either for its characters or our own feelings of unease.
Perhaps it’s a horror writer’s prerogative to notice when something dark and nasty crawls
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Catherine Fearns
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Dark Chorus is the sound of lost souls who cannot pass on to the afterlife. The Boy can hear them, see them, and he must release the soul of his mother, through a series of ritualistic killings and a little help from his friends.
Ashley Meggitt brilliantly combines ethereal atmospherics and beautiful imagery with gruesome violence, a lot of swearing, and even some dark humour, to create a highly memorable horror.
I really enjoyed the series of gothic locations (abandoned hospitals, church cr
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Paul Ingrey
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ashley Meggitt is without doubt a phenomenal literary talent. The finest of Cormac McCarthy, Stephen King and Donald Ray Pollack pervade the pages of this book yet his writing remains original throughout with a relentless sense of unease. His writing style is is both eloquent and succinct, at no point does the internal cinema relent and the mise en scène remains dark, dirty, grotesque and seedy, yet light remains throughout in the main character and his child's eye view. Every word counts, each ...more
Nick
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dark!
Very gritty but utterly compelling. This is not a genre that I would normally go for, but I loved it. Well written and crafted story line. I’ll be watching Ashley Meggit’s progress with interest.
Sarah Davis
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding

The Dark Chorus by Ashley Meggitt is unquestionably one of the best books I've read this year. Beautifully written with a dramatic melody that tells the eerie tale of a boy seeking redemption. It is a story of love, life, and loss. Of friendship, duty, and honor. Of murder and salvation. It literally is music on paper - the title apt in more ways than one. Loved it and can't wait to see what other haunting tales this extraordinary author will create. 
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Val Penny
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Horror novels are not my natural ‘go to’ genre – but I do like a well written book. I had heard so many good things about The Dark Chorus by Ashley Meggitt that curiosity got the better of me and I decided to read it, to form my own opinion. I was not disappointed.

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Oblivio salvationem Angelis opperitur

Oblivion awaits the Angel’s salvation

The Boy can see lost souls.

He has never questioned the fact that he can see them. He thinks of them as the Dark Chorus. When he sets out to restore the
...more
Amanda
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love discovering new authors and Ashley Meggitt is certainly a new author for me. I have to say that when I read the synopsis for ‘The Dark Chorus’, the book sounded as though it was a little out of my comfort zone. But they do say that every once in a while you should step outside your comfort zone and so without further ado I grabbed my Kindle and settled down for what I hoped would be a thrilling read. Well ‘The Dark Chorus’ was certainly one hell of a read and then some. I really enjoyed r ...more
Cheryl M-M
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
The reader meets the Boy as he attempts to capture the soul of his mother. What he has to do is ultimately what lands him behind fences and in the midst of anger that simmers under the surface, and a professional who struggles with her own demons.

Catching a soul in a jar is such a beautiful and simultaneously creepy way of drawing parallels to the innocence of a child and perhaps the kind of madness that none of us can comprehend completely. The Boy sees deep inside, he sees what others can't, a
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Eric Weule
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an entertaining and thought provoking novel. The Boy's observations of the world around him are spot on and at times unsettling. The writing is strong, confident, and shows a world where the agents of Good are not always pleasant people. The Dark Chorus is one of those books that I found myself thinking about days after I finished reading, and that is always a good thing. ...more
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Ashley Meggitt lives near Cambridge, UK, with his wife Jane. He left school to join a psychedelic rock band when he realised that sex, drugs, and rock and roll was a thing. Subsequently he went back to education and became head of IT for a Cambridge University College. In recent years Ashley has retrained in psychology and is now an associate lecturer in sports psychology. He is studying for his P ...more

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