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With a noose around his neck, Samuel arrives in a forest littered with caution tape and artifacts of the deceased. He struggles to regain his memory while fending off a pack of wolves and the mysterious visitors who seem to know more about this dying world than he does. Major, Kole, and Mara, new companions also trapped in the strange locality, realize they must outrun the With a noose around his neck, Samuel arrives in a forest littered with caution tape and artifacts of the deceased. He struggles to regain his memory while fending off a pack of wolves and the mysterious visitors who seem to know more about this dying world than he does. Major, Kole, and Mara, new companions also trapped in the strange locality, realize they must outrun the ominous cloud eating away at reality. As their world collapses upon itself, Samuel must find a way to escape the Reversion.


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With a noose around his neck, Samuel arrives in a forest littered with caution tape and artifacts of the deceased. He struggles to regain his memory while fending off a pack of wolves and the mysterious visitors who seem to know more about this dying world than he does. Major, Kole, and Mara, new companions also trapped in the strange locality, realize they must outrun the With a noose around his neck, Samuel arrives in a forest littered with caution tape and artifacts of the deceased. He struggles to regain his memory while fending off a pack of wolves and the mysterious visitors who seem to know more about this dying world than he does. Major, Kole, and Mara, new companions also trapped in the strange locality, realize they must outrun the ominous cloud eating away at reality. As their world collapses upon itself, Samuel must find a way to escape the Reversion.

30 review for Reversion: The Inevitable Horror

  1. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    Review Repost: to fix some errors, and let folks know I'm holding a giveaway for this book on my blog from 4/29 through 5/7, 2013, which you can enter by clicking this link. I've also embedded some music into the post, so you can listen while you read! Go! Book Info: Genre: Dark Fantasy Reading Level: Adult Recommended for: Fans of Stephen King, especially his more esoteric stuff My Thoughts: Imagine an infinite number of realities, all vibrating at different speeds. Some are steady. Some are pick Review Repost: to fix some errors, and let folks know I'm holding a giveaway for this book on my blog from 4/29 through 5/7, 2013, which you can enter by clicking this link. I've also embedded some music into the post, so you can listen while you read! Go! Book Info: Genre: Dark Fantasy Reading Level: Adult Recommended for: Fans of Stephen King, especially his more esoteric stuff My Thoughts: Imagine an infinite number of realities, all vibrating at different speeds. Some are steady. Some are picking up speed. Some are slowing down. Some... are about to stop. Samuel has apparently stepped from one reality into another – this movement between realities seems to happen just prior to the point of death. In some ways, this story reminds me of Stephen King’s short story “The Langoliers”: mainly the creeping cloud o’ doom that leaves... nothingness in its wake. There is also a sense of recursiveness - especially toward the end - that reminded me of the Dark Tower series. So, basically what I’m saying is that this book reminded me a lot of Stephen King. It’s all about the journey, about the creeping horror of individual moments, the long wait, the brief moments of terror, and then more waiting. It was... a fascinating read, and I will definitely be interested in following this series. If this sounds like something that would appeal to you, don’t wait – go and pick it up. Disclosure: I received a free advance copy of this ebook from the author. He specifically absolved me of any responsibility for a review, but I am happy to provide an honest one anyway. In February 2013 I edited the book for re-release. All opinions are my own. Synopsis (from the flap): With a noose around his neck, Samuel arrives in a forest littered with caution tape and artifacts of the deceased. He struggles to regain his memory while fending off a pack of wolves and the mysterious visitors who seem to know more about this dying world than he does. Major, Kole, and Mara, his new companions also trapped in the strange locality, accompany Samuel and attempt to outrace its destruction, to outrun the Reversion.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Julie Powell

    I was given the trilogy and found book one to be a fascinating read. I don't think it had all the answers but was certainly thought-provoking and honed in on the human condition. In some ways, it reminded me of Stephen King's gunslinger series and those worlds of the dark tower - the eerie feel of the place and how the characters fell into such strange surroundings. Intriguing characters, too. Well-written and fast-paced. Perhaps the rest of the story will bring further explanations. Recommended. I was given the trilogy and found book one to be a fascinating read. I don't think it had all the answers but was certainly thought-provoking and honed in on the human condition. In some ways, it reminded me of Stephen King's gunslinger series and those worlds of the dark tower - the eerie feel of the place and how the characters fell into such strange surroundings. Intriguing characters, too. Well-written and fast-paced. Perhaps the rest of the story will bring further explanations. Recommended.

  3. 5 out of 5

    KyBunnies

    Originally posted at Bunny's Review If I had a nickel for every book I have ever read I would be rich, instead I am rich in literature and personally think that is worth more than any amount of money. Starting this book I felt an immediate connection from another famous author I greatly admire. Keep reading because I will not state who until the end. This is not your average horror, fantasy but more of a dark fantasy. Granted I am not big on fantasy unless it is by one specific author. I will only Originally posted at Bunny's Review If I had a nickel for every book I have ever read I would be rich, instead I am rich in literature and personally think that is worth more than any amount of money. Starting this book I felt an immediate connection from another famous author I greatly admire. Keep reading because I will not state who until the end. This is not your average horror, fantasy but more of a dark fantasy. Granted I am not big on fantasy unless it is by one specific author. I will only read his work but this book really pulled me it. I enjoyed being able to find an author that write a genre that I would normally turn up my nose at instead of even trying to read. To say I stepped out of my comfort zone with this one would not be a lie. After I finished this book I reflected because it really made me think. See Samuel has died and is in a world that is nothing but a waste land. A waste land that is slowly dissolving away and he needs to find a way to either stop this from happening or slide into a different world. As always there are obstacles in the way. Obstacles that do not want him slide to another world, obstacles that want to eat him. While Samuel is running he encounters a few other people. During this time he does not realize how these people might help him. Until the end Samuel is clueless about these people and how he might of played a part in their life. When reflecting back Samuel is consumed with guilt. Honestly if a person really reads this book it will leave the reader looking back at their own life wondering if we have made any type of impact on others. Did we say the wrong thing to someone and they end up hurting themselves? Did we forget to tell someone something important and that person leave our life? Reading this book will leave readers questions parts of your life. If you enjoyed The Dark Tower series or The Stand by Stephen King then I highly suggest this book. The bunnies and I give this book carrots. I purchased this book at Amazon 2014.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michael Brookes

    I almost didn't finish this book and that would have been a shame, the intro put me off a bit as it feels like a different story that the book evolved into. The set up is good, but the wolf pack attack seemed a bit cliched. Thankfully it developed quite quickly and I stuck with it and it became a lot more interesting. The book is well written, and despite the bumpy start kept me reading. The pacing is a little slow, but that doesn't really harm the story. It's quite a contemplative book that hint I almost didn't finish this book and that would have been a shame, the intro put me off a bit as it feels like a different story that the book evolved into. The set up is good, but the wolf pack attack seemed a bit cliched. Thankfully it developed quite quickly and I stuck with it and it became a lot more interesting. The book is well written, and despite the bumpy start kept me reading. The pacing is a little slow, but that doesn't really harm the story. It's quite a contemplative book that hints at the purpose of the situation that characters find themselves in. What I liked most is the mystery of what is going on, I would have liked to have learned more about the set up though. I did look for the next book in the series, unfortunately it's not out yet. I'll be keeping my eyes open for it though.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Frese

    Weirdest thing I've read in awhile, and that's saying a lot. Weirdest thing I've read in awhile, and that's saying a lot.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis Griffiths

    I found Reversion: The Inevitable Horror to be very much of a visit to The Twilight Zone. It's a dystopian mystery set in a most horrific set of circumstances. This book reads more like a short story than a full novel; an ending that is a bump-in-the-road of the plot line that sets up the next book in the series. It is an easy read. I found Reversion: The Inevitable Horror to be very much of a visit to The Twilight Zone. It's a dystopian mystery set in a most horrific set of circumstances. This book reads more like a short story than a full novel; an ending that is a bump-in-the-road of the plot line that sets up the next book in the series. It is an easy read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    James Groenestein

    The author has created possibly 1 of the best dark fantasy books that I've ever read!! Fantastic use of words to describe an alternate world; full of sorrow and despair, but also hope and belief that culminates in a cliffhanger that will seriously leave you wanting answers!! I'm hoping that those answers will be found in book 2 of the series..... The author has created possibly 1 of the best dark fantasy books that I've ever read!! Fantastic use of words to describe an alternate world; full of sorrow and despair, but also hope and belief that culminates in a cliffhanger that will seriously leave you wanting answers!! I'm hoping that those answers will be found in book 2 of the series.....

  8. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Not recommended. The characters were pretty one dimensional. Alpha wolves are not a real, scientifically proven thing, so having a wolf pack with consciousness, all being afraid of the "alpha male," was gross and irritating to read. The one character that was a woman was boring and lame. It feels like a draft of a potentially good idea. Not recommended. The characters were pretty one dimensional. Alpha wolves are not a real, scientifically proven thing, so having a wolf pack with consciousness, all being afraid of the "alpha male," was gross and irritating to read. The one character that was a woman was boring and lame. It feels like a draft of a potentially good idea.

  9. 4 out of 5

    David Watson

    Horror can be many things. It can be shocking or terrifying but it can also be creepy and atmospheric like Portal Arcane 1 Reversion by J Thorn. The story begins in another world with a man name Samuel who has amnesia and a noose around his neck. He doesn't have much time to think before a pack of wolves finds him. Samuel escapes into a tree and is saved by a man called Major. He then finds out that the wolves were the least of his worries. The world he's in is being destroyed by a giant cloud w Horror can be many things. It can be shocking or terrifying but it can also be creepy and atmospheric like Portal Arcane 1 Reversion by J Thorn. The story begins in another world with a man name Samuel who has amnesia and a noose around his neck. He doesn't have much time to think before a pack of wolves finds him. Samuel escapes into a tree and is saved by a man called Major. He then finds out that the wolves were the least of his worries. The world he's in is being destroyed by a giant cloud which is preceded by an undead army. Samuel and three others must find a way to escape. J Thorn does a great job of bringing his story to life by describing everything in great detail. The opening scene is excellent with Samuel waking up and looking around at the forest. He is happy to be alive but the mood changes quickly as he hears the howls in the background. I like how J Thorn doesn't set up the story right away. He puts his main character in a dire situation and you get to see the tension build. The opening scene was almost like the author was painting a picture. I liked how the wolves stalking Samuel were described along with the terror as he realizes he can't fight them off forever. At this point you don't know what is going on, but you see Samuel's situation and you are forced to root for him. I also liked the description of the army of zombies that comes before the cloud and the reason why they are there. The use of flashbacks in the story was well done. Your not sure what you're going to get in the beginning of the story, it's almost like Portal Arcane 1: Reversion starts in the middle. J Thorn hooks you in with some eerie moments of terror and then delivers a good tale of dark fantasy. Portal Arcane: Reversion is very reminiscent of Stephen King's Langoliers. The characters aren't really alive but there not dead either. Little by little you learn why they are here but where is here? Throughout the book there is a feeling of dread and the atmosphere is one of impending doom. Despite the story being very dark, I felt compelled to read on because I liked its theme of redemption and I wanted to see if the characters could make amends with what brought them here. If you do decide to read this book pay close attention, because everything in the story is a metaphor for something, such as the Reversion cloud, personal objects that disappear and reappear and how nothing looks quite like it should. You could compare this story to a Twilight Zone episode because you have to pay attention to get the most out of it, in fact you might want to read it twice. Things aren't exactly what they seem and its very much a tail about morality. My only complaint about the story was the way it ended. There are some unresolved questions but I wondered if that was by design. This is the first of a series and the second book is available. Portal Arcane 1: Reversion is a great read if you like psychological horror.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christian Nikitas

    I think that this book was pretty good. It has an interesting alternative to the afterlife. There were some parts that, to me, were a little confusing, but I figured it out a little later. Not sure if that's what the author intended or not, or if it was just me that experienced that. Otherwise, I would recommend it. I found it to be somewhat unique. I think that this book was pretty good. It has an interesting alternative to the afterlife. There were some parts that, to me, were a little confusing, but I figured it out a little later. Not sure if that's what the author intended or not, or if it was just me that experienced that. Otherwise, I would recommend it. I found it to be somewhat unique.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. *free ebook version won off of the Now is Gone blog in exchange for an honest review* I'd like to start off by saying that I would actually rate this store as a 3 1/2 stars. Unfortunately one cannot give half stars. Also, I have been informed that there has been some further editing done on the story, so some of these concerns might be addressed already. The writing was crisp. The story did seem to flow, though for the first half it was quite confusing, though in a good way. It really makes you h *free ebook version won off of the Now is Gone blog in exchange for an honest review* I'd like to start off by saying that I would actually rate this store as a 3 1/2 stars. Unfortunately one cannot give half stars. Also, I have been informed that there has been some further editing done on the story, so some of these concerns might be addressed already. The writing was crisp. The story did seem to flow, though for the first half it was quite confusing, though in a good way. It really makes you have to concentrate on the story and keeps you guessing. It wasn't until the end that I was reminded of a major clue that occurred in the first page. By the time I reached the half way point, I could not stop reading. I did see a Stephen King influence and would certainly recommend Portal Arcane: Reversion: the Inevitable Horror to fans of video game type horror stories. What follows may contain spoilers. There were a couple of parts at the very beginning that caused me to twinge internally. The description of an empty forest that contained animals/insects and various trash strewn around made me pause. I could not fully grasp what seemed to be contradictory descriptions. Secondly, the idea of the main character starting what is described as a bonfire in the middle of a forest without any attempt at containment befuddled me. All I could picture was a raging inferno developing and consuming the entire forest. There were a couple of points in the story where it seemed almost too fortuitous for Samuel, the main character, especially in his final exchange with Major. I also felt a little disappointed in his interactions with Deva, though I do understand the need for a 'spiritual guide'. While I didn't find the atmosphere to be all that terrifying, the later reveals, though I was able to figure them out right before the author lets us know, to be quite satisfying in their emotional toll. I look forward to reading more from J. Thorn.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    Read this in the freebie compilation QUEST from Instafreebie ! This story was really different ; wasn't sure in the beginning that I would like it. I seemed similar to The Dark Tower, which I didn't care for. But I do love quirky end of days stories, so I carried on. I had a feeling it was purgatory ; props to Mr Thorn for the symbolism. I really liked the storm descriptions; I'm a storm junkie. Interesting Concept; I may try another! Read this in the freebie compilation QUEST from Instafreebie ! This story was really different ; wasn't sure in the beginning that I would like it. I seemed similar to The Dark Tower, which I didn't care for. But I do love quirky end of days stories, so I carried on. I had a feeling it was purgatory ; props to Mr Thorn for the symbolism. I really liked the storm descriptions; I'm a storm junkie. Interesting Concept; I may try another!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    Revision: The Inevitable Horror (The Portal Arcane Series - Book 1) by J. Thorn is a dark fantasy, a portrait drawn of people placed in strange and perhaps imaginary surroundings that can’t be real, yet they are there. The first part of the book is disorientating and confusing, but that mirrors the plight of our initial traveler, Samuel. The reader comes to sense Samuel’s plight as Samuel does himself. What is this strange place that seems like a pale shadow of our world, how did these people co Revision: The Inevitable Horror (The Portal Arcane Series - Book 1) by J. Thorn is a dark fantasy, a portrait drawn of people placed in strange and perhaps imaginary surroundings that can’t be real, yet they are there. The first part of the book is disorientating and confusing, but that mirrors the plight of our initial traveler, Samuel. The reader comes to sense Samuel’s plight as Samuel does himself. What is this strange place that seems like a pale shadow of our world, how did these people come to be here, and what are they supposed to do about it? There are forests, wolves, barren fields, broken down cabins that have some magical protective property. Samuel meets others in his quest, a young woman Mira, who seems to be just as confused as he is. A reckless younger man, Kole, who seems to have a different idea about what the group is supposed to be doing. And an older man, Major, who starts out as a guide, but may know more that he is letting on. This is a very original story, and Thorn has crafted a mystery and odyssey not only through a semblance of a physical world, but a trip through the mental states of his characters as well. I hesitate to describe too much, so as not to give away the story. I recommend the start of this series of fans of Dark Fantasy, Horror, Psychological Thrillers, and Eastern Mysticism.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kyle West

    This is an esoteric and ultimately well-told dark fantasy story. It takes awhile for it to pick up, as the beginning is quite disorienting. The beginning is a bit slow and confusing. We don't really know who the character is; indeed, he doesn't know himself, and the entire book is him trying to figure it out. However, it is done well, and it is fascinating to see how things come together as the main character moves about the world and rediscovers snippets of his past. Portal Arcane is definitely n This is an esoteric and ultimately well-told dark fantasy story. It takes awhile for it to pick up, as the beginning is quite disorienting. The beginning is a bit slow and confusing. We don't really know who the character is; indeed, he doesn't know himself, and the entire book is him trying to figure it out. However, it is done well, and it is fascinating to see how things come together as the main character moves about the world and rediscovers snippets of his past. Portal Arcane is definitely not a conventional tale. It has flashbacks galore, although the flashbacks are integral to the story. It is slow-building, but don't think it doesn't have any action. It definitely has its creepy moments, and the main terror of the story lies in that of inevitability. Definitely toward the end I could not put it down. It is well-edited - I only caught a few errors, and it is definitely worth more than the $.99 I paid for it. It took a while to get into, which was my main problem with the book. That said, I'm glad I stuck it out because this has been one of the more interesting novellas I've read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Diana Johnson

    Author J. Thorn is up with the all time greats in writing for horror/dark fantasy readers! 5 starts is simply not enough, I would rate this much higher! Book 1 of The Portal Arcane Trilogy Reversion:The Inevitable Horror Starting with Samuel waking in a seemingly suicide forest, in Mr. Thorns words "Samuel pushed the twisted sheet from his shoulder and let the makeshift noose coil on the ground like a dead snake." the descriptive and horrifying beginning was hypnotic and had me hooked, I wanted t Author J. Thorn is up with the all time greats in writing for horror/dark fantasy readers! 5 starts is simply not enough, I would rate this much higher! Book 1 of The Portal Arcane Trilogy Reversion:The Inevitable Horror Starting with Samuel waking in a seemingly suicide forest, in Mr. Thorns words "Samuel pushed the twisted sheet from his shoulder and let the makeshift noose coil on the ground like a dead snake." the descriptive and horrifying beginning was hypnotic and had me hooked, I wanted to know more. In Samuel's journey, his past mostly unknown to him prior to his awakening, he comes across others who live in this same universe and are all on a journey of their own, that of seeking dharma or redemption. The characters come to life under Mr. Thorns masterful guidance, I found myself liking some, relating to some and definitely distrustful and disliking others! I was given a copy of this book after signing up for Mr. Thorn's newsletter and upon finishing purchased the entire Portal Arcane Series as I absolutely had to finish the story and see what would become of Samuel!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Huh. This is a tough book to review without giving away all the pertinent points. But I shall try! Sooo.... This book is twisty and dark and very compelling. It takes a look at choices and the actions that result from those choices. The mystery of what's happening around -- and to -- Samuel and the people he comes across in his journey is revealed a piece at a time and the disjointedness of it all is both jarring and captivating. There's a lot going on here, guys. A LOT. Bad things happen, good th Huh. This is a tough book to review without giving away all the pertinent points. But I shall try! Sooo.... This book is twisty and dark and very compelling. It takes a look at choices and the actions that result from those choices. The mystery of what's happening around -- and to -- Samuel and the people he comes across in his journey is revealed a piece at a time and the disjointedness of it all is both jarring and captivating. There's a lot going on here, guys. A LOT. Bad things happen, good things happen, truth comes to light. Samuel's journey through this broken, dying land is just one part of it all. And... you know, that's pretty much all I can say without completely spoiling this book. THINGS HAPPEN. BIG THINGS. DARK THINGS. BLOODY THINGS! Big, dark, bloody things. Bring it! -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Ramey

    although i don't usually read this type of book i was grabbed and pulled into the story from the first page. i found myself intrigued and fascinated by "their historical facts" in the story and the characters were a joy to get to know and watch them grow into their own. i also found myself rooting for the hero(s) and heroine(s) and booing the villain(s) and then on the next page laughing out loud at something else. it was a truly wonderful book. this is also not one of those books that you can f although i don't usually read this type of book i was grabbed and pulled into the story from the first page. i found myself intrigued and fascinated by "their historical facts" in the story and the characters were a joy to get to know and watch them grow into their own. i also found myself rooting for the hero(s) and heroine(s) and booing the villain(s) and then on the next page laughing out loud at something else. it was a truly wonderful book. this is also not one of those books that you can figure out who did what in the first few chapters but it kept me guessing right up to the last page. i find myself hoping to hear more about these characters in a future book as well as some of the secondary characters that need their story told. if this is the type of book that you enjoy you shouldn't miss this one and if you are not into this kind of book you should give this one a try and perhaps it will change your mind the same as it did mine.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brian Mcclain

    So this was a really odd read,and felt like a lot of stuff went on that I didn't really understand. But at the same time that was kind of the aesthetic of the story and therefore it added to the inherent mystique of the situation that the characters had themselves in. Mara and Samuel were good fleshed out characters whereas Major and Kole were left almost purposefully one dimensional, perhaps because of the length and the way they were utilized in the plot development. The world was an interest So this was a really odd read,and felt like a lot of stuff went on that I didn't really understand. But at the same time that was kind of the aesthetic of the story and therefore it added to the inherent mystique of the situation that the characters had themselves in. Mara and Samuel were good fleshed out characters whereas Major and Kole were left almost purposefully one dimensional, perhaps because of the length and the way they were utilized in the plot development. The world was an interesting place to say the least, with a whole lot of stuff about rebirth and values and even the undefeatable forces had a purpose to them. I'm not sure if I'd read the sequel, but the first one was definitely interesting enough to recommend to someone looking for a thinking man's existential cerebral kind of horror story.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Luffman

    I started reading this on the recommendation of a friend. I found it interesting at first, but feared that it was beginning to veer off into a confusing mess. It felt a little like the author was trying to be a bit too coy with the details. However, I decided to press on and I am very glad that I did! After the initial confusion of the first part of the story, I began to get more comfortable with the author's style and accept that the story would have to unfold itself at its own pace. By the end I started reading this on the recommendation of a friend. I found it interesting at first, but feared that it was beginning to veer off into a confusing mess. It felt a little like the author was trying to be a bit too coy with the details. However, I decided to press on and I am very glad that I did! After the initial confusion of the first part of the story, I began to get more comfortable with the author's style and accept that the story would have to unfold itself at its own pace. By the end of the book, I had enough of my questions answered to satisfy my personal hangups about mysterious prose and the twist that closed out the book was a very nice way to tie up some of the loose ends. I will quite likely be reading more of this series, as I am interested in seeing where Samuel's path leads to next.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    J Thorn very kindly allowed me to read this before it goes on general release and yet again I have been enthralled. We have the undead, a pack of wolves and a death cloud devouring everything in its path. Trying to survive is a group of people who can't remember how or why they are there, but it all lies with Samuel, the new addition to the group. Samuel gets flashes of his life, but not why he is there, while the others declare they don't know either. Major is the leader, Kole is the hothead an J Thorn very kindly allowed me to read this before it goes on general release and yet again I have been enthralled. We have the undead, a pack of wolves and a death cloud devouring everything in its path. Trying to survive is a group of people who can't remember how or why they are there, but it all lies with Samuel, the new addition to the group. Samuel gets flashes of his life, but not why he is there, while the others declare they don't know either. Major is the leader, Kole is the hothead and Mara is the lone female, all of them fighting to stay alive. Another excellent book which doesn't let you know the whole story until the last few pages.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Everyday

    Reversion, to me, was a really good twisting, turning horror dark fantasy story. The story starts with Samuel who wakes up and finds himself in another place, with no memories. I liked being dropped right into the story, and finding things out about Samuel as he found out things about himself. While Samuel is trying to figure out what is going on around him, he meets up with various characters, who are all trying to escape the purgatory type environment they are in. I thought all the pieces came Reversion, to me, was a really good twisting, turning horror dark fantasy story. The story starts with Samuel who wakes up and finds himself in another place, with no memories. I liked being dropped right into the story, and finding things out about Samuel as he found out things about himself. While Samuel is trying to figure out what is going on around him, he meets up with various characters, who are all trying to escape the purgatory type environment they are in. I thought all the pieces came together nicely, and set up perfectly for the next book. I liked the mood and tone the author set for the story, and am interested in seeing what is ahead.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Denise Keef

    There are a few things I can always be certain of when I open a book by J. Thorn and that is I will highly entertained and scared witless! I have read quite a few books by this amazing author and have never been disappointed by any of his books! His stories are always very detailed and very dark and always leave me wanting more! If you haven’t read anything by him as of yet, do not hesitate to get this book. I recommend it everyone who enjoys books on dark fantasy and the occult and it should be There are a few things I can always be certain of when I open a book by J. Thorn and that is I will highly entertained and scared witless! I have read quite a few books by this amazing author and have never been disappointed by any of his books! His stories are always very detailed and very dark and always leave me wanting more! If you haven’t read anything by him as of yet, do not hesitate to get this book. I recommend it everyone who enjoys books on dark fantasy and the occult and it should be on everyone’s TBR list!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lucian Barnes

    This is the first book I have read by this author and for the most part I enjoyed the story. At times the descriptions the author used were borderline brilliant, but at other times they seemed to go too far, leaving little to the reader's imagination. While my overall experience with the story was positive, by the end of the book I was almost sick of seeing the name Samuel. I felt it was severely overused, often appearing multiple times in the same paragraph. This is the first book I have read by this author and for the most part I enjoyed the story. At times the descriptions the author used were borderline brilliant, but at other times they seemed to go too far, leaving little to the reader's imagination. While my overall experience with the story was positive, by the end of the book I was almost sick of seeing the name Samuel. I felt it was severely overused, often appearing multiple times in the same paragraph.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Birgit

    Not really my taste of fantasy/horror - up until the end, I did not really know what this was all about. The "ingredients" for a good story were there, but personally, I think it was not put together well, at least not to my liking. I found it boring, did not understand the reason behind the characters' actions, or the appearance of some characters etc. On the plus side, I did not spot any spelling or grammar errors ;) Not really my taste of fantasy/horror - up until the end, I did not really know what this was all about. The "ingredients" for a good story were there, but personally, I think it was not put together well, at least not to my liking. I found it boring, did not understand the reason behind the characters' actions, or the appearance of some characters etc. On the plus side, I did not spot any spelling or grammar errors ;)

  25. 4 out of 5

    T.W. Brown

    This book is a bit cerebral in its approach to horror. It is not full of spine-tingling stuff that has you on the edge of yoru seat, instead, it has a lot to offer the mind as you journey through a very interesting take on "after-life"(?) I did find myself wanting a bit more action at times, but once I got into the flow, I found this to be a very pleasant read that fit perfect in small doses during my day. This book is a bit cerebral in its approach to horror. It is not full of spine-tingling stuff that has you on the edge of yoru seat, instead, it has a lot to offer the mind as you journey through a very interesting take on "after-life"(?) I did find myself wanting a bit more action at times, but once I got into the flow, I found this to be a very pleasant read that fit perfect in small doses during my day.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Monica T. Rodriguez

    Just couldn't get into this book. While I'm not a fan of info dumps, and would rather be left with questions at the start of a story, this story never seemed to give me enough to grasp what was going on or why I should care about these characters. I couldn't find a point to focus on. I think. I'm not even sure what the problem was, but that itself says enough. Just couldn't get into this book. While I'm not a fan of info dumps, and would rather be left with questions at the start of a story, this story never seemed to give me enough to grasp what was going on or why I should care about these characters. I couldn't find a point to focus on. I think. I'm not even sure what the problem was, but that itself says enough.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Robert Breeze

    A Little Confusing, But Makes You Want More I have read a couple of short stories by J Thorn, and was told by the author that this was the best book to start out with. I have to admit that most of the book had me confused, but by the end it made me all ready to start on Book 2. Thorn has a great writing style and my grammar Nazism was not tested once.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I had a really hard time finishing this book.The story just couldn't hold my attention,and I found myself picking other books to read.The narrator did ok portraying the story,yet something was missing.I purchased the e-book,but received the audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review. I had a really hard time finishing this book.The story just couldn't hold my attention,and I found myself picking other books to read.The narrator did ok portraying the story,yet something was missing.I purchased the e-book,but received the audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Art Griswold

    The descriptions in this book are top notch, the reader can really feel the surroundings such as they are. And a great job was done building the characters. Book 2 will be devoured just as quickly as book 1

  30. 5 out of 5

    Colin Hickey

    Promising book..started well suspense and mystery and the flashback scenes were well done. However I lost a little interest towards the end and the climatic battle scene. Interested to see how the rest of the series plays out, but equally not in a rush to run out and buy the next part.

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