Mount Olympus. Long Ago.
The enormous white columns gleamed in the blinding sunlight as the two magnificent women stood face to face. “I cast you out,” Hecate, Goddess of the Witches screamed, her voice bouncing off the grand chamber walls. “Now, and forever more. Be gone from my sight.” “No, Mother, I beg of you.” Her beautiful blonde hair caught in the gentle breeze as she grabbed for her mother’s hand. Hecate moved her hand and looked down in disgust as Empusa dropped to her knees, tears staining her cheeks, and pulled at her white flowing diaphanous dress. “You are no daughter of mine. I curse you until the end of time.” Empusa sobbed, but it fell on deaf ears. Her mother was wicked and cruel and not even the mighty Zeus could sway her decision once made. Hecate raised her hand slowly. “Your form will match your true nature.”
Empusa rose into the air, screaming in agony, her hair aflame. The once beautiful blonde locks fell onto the ground, dissolving into a pile of ash. In its place, a mane of red flaming hair grew. She cried out, the flames burning her scalp.
5.0 out of 5 stars - Can't wait for the next episode
By Amazon Customer on 1 Jun. 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved Marcus Brown's first book, Promised Land Lane, so I got his new book. I loved Promised Land Lane so much, even though I read horror only occasionally, that I was expecting this would be a horror vampire story. But it really is not as horrifying as I was expecting. It's more emotional, suspenseful and full of mystery. Unlike his first book this one doesn't have any scenes of violence or death, which I think makes it suitable for young readers as well. In spite of the lack of graphic imagery, it's still an exciting book. There's a lot of suspense. Chloë is in danger, someone is following her around, but we don't know who it is. We only know that whoever it is, they don't exactly have nice intentions for her. Not only that, her innocent best friend gets dragged in too. I wanted to see those 2 feisty girls be safe and sock it to all the mysterious baddies, whoever they are, and for Chloë to find a way to be happy with her enigmatic love, Kyle. But unfortunately it wasn't to be. We won't find out what happens to them until the next book, because this novella is the first part of an episodic serial. I liked both Chloë and her best friend and I wanted to find out more about them as people. I didn't get to know Kyle as well, as he didn't show up as much in the book. But I'm curious to find out what is the relationship between them, why they keep getting pulled together by mysterious forces and also what will happen to them when they can finally be together. Can't wait for the next episode!
5.0 out of 5 stars - A Fantastic Novella from a Fantastic Author.
By Janine K on 31 May 2017
As a massive fan of Marcus Brown's debut novel Promised Land Lane, I was excited about this new story and couldn't wait to read it.
In all honesty, I read it on my sister's Kindle yesterday and loved it, but I had to buy it for myself as I felt like I was cheating the author. It was worth every penny.
He has once again crafted interesting characters and unusually mixed a number of genres, ie, Vampire mythology, Greek mythology, witchcraft, and Gypsy folklore, to form the basis of the story.
The lead characters Chloe and Kyle are connected to one another, but dark forces are at work to keep them apart. Yes, I have my own theories as to how they are really connected, but I know the backstory, which hasn't been revealed yet, will be a corker!
A great cliffhanger ending has left me yearning for me, so wherever you are Marcus Brown and if you read this, can we have Part 2 soon? Pretty please!
I enjoyed this novella immensely and look forward to seeing how the story concludes.
5* well deserved.
(I like the fact that this is aimed at the young adult market, as well as 'older adults' and I have also purchased the paperback so my daughter doesn't miss out. It will be nice to have a book we can both chat about)
5.0 out of 5 stars - Fab!
By Amazon Customer on 30 May 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
Another genre that I normally don't read, but I loved Promised Land Lane so much I thought I'd give it a go. The novella read very much like an episode of a television series and left me gagging to know what comes next - I can only hope Mr Brown is quick to get the next 'episode' finished. A well deserved 5 stars from me.