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The Judging (The Corescu Chronicles #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  93 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
What happens when you want to do the will of God but are cursed for all eternity? Hungary, 1640. A village priest, enamored with his God and loyal to his sheep, awakens to find the village on fire. Searching for survivors, he is confronted by a dark creature with sharp teeth and red eyes. With the stab of the demon's fangs, the priest is transformed from a servant of good ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Treasureline Publishing (first published January 1st 2010)
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Ellen Maze
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christian horror/fictionRabbit Chasers, Twilight Fans,vampire fans, YA, suspense fans, thriller fans
Note from Author: Oh, how I have longed to put this book in your hands. Written from 2004 to 2006, then waiting patiently to be picked up by a publisher, this Christian vampire thriller is looking to entertain you and make you think.

For readers of RABBIT: CHASING BETH RIDER, you recognize this title as the book Beth Rider wrote to enrage the Rakum (vampires) and cause them to hunt and chase her down.

I won this book from one of Ellen C. Maze's competitions, Ellen wrote inside it “Enjoy the ride”. What a ride it was!

Mark Corescu is like Dexter with fangs.

Mark was a Priest before being transformed into a vampire, back in 1640. He has lived his vampire life, believing he is doing God’s will by killing evildoers of the human race; giving them the chance to repent, before draining their bodies of blood and subsequently ending their lives.
Fate brings two people into his life who make him question
Sep 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-n-reviewed
The Judging is a story about a man named Mark, or should we say vampire, that believes he is doing the work of God buy killing his victims. You see before Mark was turned into a vampire back in the 1600's he was a priest. And now that he has been turned into a demon of sorts he has found the only way he can to live with himself. To delude himself to think he is doing God's will by judging those that have sinned, making them repent to save their souls, and then killing them to rid the world of th ...more
Krisi Keley
Dec 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
In Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider, a novelist is targeted by an ancient race, known as the Rakum, for unknowingly writing some truths about vampires and, more dangerous still, for suggesting that they, too, can be saved. The Judging is the first of “Beth Rider’s” vampire-provoking novels. It is also the first written, though subsequently released, of author Ellen C. Maze’s equally provocative novels. In this case, however, what’s provoked is not reflection and a sense of hope for vampires, so much a ...more
Teric Darken
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Judging: Who Will Hang in the Balance?

Scripted previously, though subsequently released, The Judging, by Ellen C. Maze, is the prequel to the Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider series. This is the very book, penned from fictitious author, Beth Rider, which prompts the nefarious Rakum to begin a blood-thirsty search for her, as it unleashes a ravaging, spiritual maelstrom within their species. And though the book ties in with the Rabbit/Beth Rider series, The Judging stands on its own merit… stands,
Kitty Honeycutt
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing

My intention with this dual review is not to give away one iota of detail about either book. What I do intend to do is praise the genius that is Ellen C. Maze's writing finesse. These books are the first I have ever read that put a quite successful Christian twist on an ages old horror theme.

So maybe we have seen books with vampires in them that intend to do good by ridding the world of the evil of mankind. Ellen takes it to another level by ha
Tobyann Aparisi
Dec 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any one of faith and any one that loves a good vampire story
Recommended to Tobyann by: Ellen Maze via good reads, via facebook
Yeah! I got my copy yesterday and couldn't wait to read it! thank you so much Ellen I am looking forward to this one! Ellen there was no disappointment here! This was an EXCELLENT book. I loved the characters, the twist on the vampire genre. The turmoil in the heart of a vampire I could not imagine the fear of those feelings. Does God still love me? or am I truly dammed for eternity. THis was touching and riveting and just plain fabulous. I cannot wait to read more of your work, you are an easy ...more
Dec 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It is a dark and menacing night for Father Mark Corescu when he enters a burning building against all reason and comes into contact with a creature that changes his life and his fate forever. It is 1640 when the creature changes him into a vampire. Flash forward to present day and meet Doctor Mark Corescu. Mark has been alive since 1640 using his vampire skills to find and bring evil doers to justice – hunting them down until they repent of their sins and turn to God, then promptly killing them ...more
Anthony Policastro
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In Ellen C. Maze’s novel, The Judging: The Corescu Chronicles Book One, the author provides her readers with a well-written narrative that is not only compelling, but also extraordinary. What I found to be of particular interest was how Maze broke through the confines of the Dracula myth, which was defined, established, and popularized in a novel by Bram Stoker and published as a hardcover in 1897 by Archibald Constable and Co.
The story heats up when Hope Brannen, a young widower, get romantica
Sep 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: vampire
This book wasn’t quite what I was anticipating. I think I was hoping for some deliciously dark and twisted tale of a vampire priest who has somehow meshed the sacred and profane together in his mind and now was just a wee bit insane. And I suppose in some ways, that’s what this story is, but Corescu isn’t half so dark. He’s more like a lost soul that’s been blinded and now he’s now coming out of it. He’s an interesting character if not a real menacing and mesmerizing one. I had a hard time decid ...more
Ed Rambeau
Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In Ellen C. Maze’s novel, The Judging: The Corescu Chronicles Book One, the author provides her readers with a compelling story of a centuries old vampire, Dr. Mark Corescu, a former priest from Hungary, dating back to 1640, who now lives in present-day Atlanta, Georgia. There, he judges and executes evildoers; those who have sinned against God. He soon becomes fascinated with a beautiful, young woman named Hope Brennan, who becomes equally fascinated with him. In the course of their relationshi ...more
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
“The Judging” takes the reader into the world of Dr. Mark Corescu, highly successful OB-GYN who has a sideline that involves judging the evil in this world and bringing the perpetrators to repentance before sentencing them to death. However, Dr.Corescu finally finds the one he has searched for all his life in the beautiful and highly spirited Hope Brannen. Will the love of a woman turn his ordered world upside down? This engrossing vampire novel captured my attention from the first pages and had ...more
Cathy Brockman
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a new interesting vampire read
Wow! Ellen wasnt kidding when she says welcome to my imagination,enjoy the ride! this one one heck of a ride. Not a rollercoaster though,wasnt much downs. So I'll say ferris wheel! When first get on you are taken back in time to a priest and a horrible incident, dont freak and get off, you dont stay there. Up we go,to the first judging,*cringes*. Then we move up to meeting characters,Hope the female main character,Her friend Fran that works for the handsome but mysterious or should I say scarey, ...more
Lynn Dove
Dec 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Mark Corescu is a handsome doctor, wealthy, intelligent and has fallen in love with the slightly ditzy Hope Brannen. It is a match made in heaven, or so he thinks. But how to tell his girlfriend that he is a vampire who believes he has been given a task by God to rid the world of criminals and murderers by "judging them"? Worse yet, how does he tell her that her sister Glorie will soon need to be judged for her murderous sins?
Mix up fascinating characters, incredibly warped vampire theology, so
Abbey Smith
Jan 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
When I first received my copy I was a little weary to read it, I am not at all familiar with the Christian horror genre, nor had I ever wanted to read a book in that genre. This book however, changed my views.

Mark, a vampire centuries old, has always believed he is doing God's will by ridding the world of it's evil-doers. He along with his two companions, driver and assistant live a lavish lifestyle, free of guilt. All of this changes when Mark meets the girl he's waited his life for, Hope.

I f
Jan 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Very different vampire novel. The beginning on the story felt a bit rushed, and I didn't get a feel for time or a feel for the character's personalities. I wasn't sure at first whether or not Mark was happy and good, or if he was angry and mean. Hope seemed very, gullible, and helpless. I also didn't get a feel for how they felt for each other, just that their feelings for each other had come about in barely a matter of days.

I loved the flashbacks of Mark's life! Made me understand his confusion
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, christian, 2011
I had a hard time rating this book... Do I rate the storyline or the writer? I rated the storyline.

"Ellen Maze is a brilliant writer! I was hooked from the first sentence by her writing style and ease of transition from person to person during the initial set-up of characters.

That being said... I don't care for vampire story lines. I read this book - a fast page turner, but will probably not follow this series.

Ms. Maze has graciously given me the link to information on a storyline outside the
This book was a surprise. I was trying to read it at the same time I was reading another book but it won out. I couldn't seem to finish it fast enough.The plot was great and the fight between good and evil was written well. the end was set up so that you wanted to read the next in the series right away, which I'm definitely looking forward to. I'm also going to see if she has written any other books as I would be interested to check out. A truly enjoyable, edge-of-your-seat read. The part in the ...more
Dec 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Impressive. A vampire story that is written within the interesting category of Christian Horror seems a challenge in itself but Maze's combination works. She creates strong visual characters thrown into situations that are believeable enough in a fantasy world. Then has a vampire that is put in a spot where he starts to question his actions and his past. I would recommend this title to readers that are true vampire/horror readers. The religous perspective, to me, makes it all the more interestin ...more
Claire Riley
Dec 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, vampires
A twisting & exciting look into vampires & the lives behind the 'beautiful' picture we are painted these days.
The characters - as always- were so easy to connect with, you all at once loved & loathed them.
A delicious read from start to finish.
Ellen is an amazing writer with so much talent & each life she emancipates onto paper has me yearning to read the next story quicker than i can swallow her words.
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
The beginning felt rushed. There was no character development. I feel like there couldn't possibly be anybody as dumb as Hope and I didn't really connect with any character. In the end, I feel like there wasn't that life change I was looking for. I realize it's a series-but I won't be reading the next.
Kim Bowen
Mar 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
I don't know what to say about this is so different from anything I've ever read. It kind of blew my mind. Think vampires and God. Weird. But I liked it. I got frustrated with the author's inconsistent portrayal of the female lead...but I kept wondering what was going to happen next.
Linda Hodge
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Is he a Vampire or does he do GOD's Will? After reading the first 25 chapters, I was so confused on what the true story line was, until I deleted it from my Kindle. The story is confusing. It was just not my cup of tea.
Lynda Loges
Dec 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What a wild concept!!! A priest as a vampire vigilante! How in the world did you figure this one up and run SO WELL with the idea!??? I loved this book. I think it's one that I've read the fastest in a long time!! Ellen, when's the next one coming out! I'm DYING for it!!
William Rains
Jan 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I got this book in a free Goodreads giveaway. I found this book to be very interesting. Yet the last few chapters had to be my favorite. I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read fantasy and vampires.
Marie Cole
Feb 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Marie by: william rains
I found this book to be truely a great read, i deffinatly reccomend this book to anybody who loves a great book.
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Sorry to say this novel just didn't do it for me. I tried and tried. But it just couldn't pull me in.
Dec 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story, fun read.
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I began reading "The Judging," I had no idea it was considered to be a "Christian Thriller." I found this out afterwards. For some reason, that description is a bit off-putting. Not because I have any quarrel with Christianity, but because there have been some truly abysmal books released under the "Christian" banner. I read somewhere--it was a blog post or an online op-ed piece, and I'm sorry I don't remember--asking why Christian Literature, Music, and Films "suck." (nb: Google "Why Does ...more
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book through the Goodreads First-Reads program.

This was an excellent book. Maze has taken the now-clichéd theme of vampire romance and twisted it into something dark and...well, twisted. When I read the blurb on the back of the book, it was obvious to me what would happen and what the solution to the main problem (vampirism) should be. I am happy to say that while reading this book, all the obvious answers disappeared; I didn't know what was coming next, and I didn't know what th
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