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"Writing horror means confronting the darker side of human nature with absolute honesty." Belinda Frisch.

Belinda S. Frisch is my Woman In Horror today! Let's get to the meat of this post: Belinda is my favorite Zombie author, man or woman. Her Cure series is nothing short of phenomenal. But, you say . . . no buts. She writes better than any Zombie author, past or present.

I gave Cindy Keen Reynders a copy of her book, and she had nothing but the utmost praise for it. I have included her review below. If you go to the Amazon website for Cure, you will be astounded at all the great reviews. This should be telling you something. The novel, and the others in the series are damned good!

Belinda takes her experience with medical code writing, blends it with a vivid imagination and grasp of the horrors residing within the dark, and she brings a special brand of action and gore to her pages. But she doesn't just remain there. She sprinkles in emotional conflict, love, and a passion for survival in as well.

Her central character, Dr. Nixon, is as evil as they come. He reminds me of what Hitler might have been had he not been the Nazi leader and a mere doctor instead. A vengeful bastard, filled with determination, and caring only for his perverted goals, Dr. Nixon wreaks havoc on all those around him.

Belinda brings you into her stories, surprising you all along the way, and revealing only what you need to know at the moment so the action can continue to spring forward. Add in the medical mystery mechanics of a tale in the style of Robin Cook, but so much crisper and more exciting, and you have a grand medical mystery/ Zombie/and very human story of pent up emotions.

What do my words mean? They mean you should hustle over and buy Belinda's great novels. I'm telling you the lady is awesome!

Belinda S. Frisch is a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob

After fifteen years of working in healthcare, Belinda Frisch's stories can't help being medicine influenced. A writer of dark tales in the horror, mystery, and thriller genres, she is a storyteller at heart, and has been writing since her teens. Her fiction has appeared in Shroud Magazine, Dabblestone Horror, and Tales of Zombie War. She is an honorable mention winner in the Writer's Digest 76th Annual Writing Competition. Her novel, CURE, is the runner-up in the General Fiction category of the 2012 Halloween Book Festival and was optioned for film. She is the author of CRISIS HOSPITAL, CURE, AFTERBIRTH, and FATAL REACTION. She resides in upstate New York with her husband, sons, and a small menagerie of beloved animals.

Afterbirth: A Strandville Zombie Novel #2 by Frisch, Belinda, Brown, A.J. and Hansen, Sarah (Dec 8, 2013)

Book Description

December 8, 2013

The survivors of the Nixon Center escape struggle in a post-apocalyptic world where the walking dead aren't the biggest threats.

Working from a remote, mountain cabin, Dr. Howard Nixon is determined to salvage what is left of his experiment.

Allison escapes him, clinging to life and with no idea what's happened in the world.

Zach is looking for her, but time is running out.

Reid lives holed up in the Nixon Center and waits for his revenge.

Tension is high as both Miranda and Carlene's pregnancies come to term. Miranda, faced with the possibility that her delivery might cause her to become infected, is forced to seek help from the only other person who knows what has happened: Dr. Michael Waters, the physician who sent her to Dr. Nixon in the first place.

All roads lead back to Strandville where grudges resurface and old decisions must be answered for. Scott, Miranda, and Michael return to the center to face-off against their pasts and each other as Michael's secret agenda comes to light.


Editorial Reviews


"The plot is tight and moves at a breakneck pace thanks to the author's fast and fluid style that features well told action, great dialogue and rapid fire chapters. The story starts with a widely cast net; a net that contains many subplots but gets tighter and tighter with each chapter until everyone is back where they least want to go." -Matt Schiariti, Author of Ghosts of Demons Past
"What I can say is this: as solid an offering as CURE was, AFTERBIRTH is even better. And better on all counts. Frisch's style is now so sharp and clean and precise that I stopped to re-read passages, in order to see how she had pulled them off. She gives you just what you need to follow the tale and stay locked in the moment. Every detail matters. There are no distractions, no calling of attention to herself. The focus throughout is remarkable. Though the scenes are arresting visually, they aren't presented in widescreen cinematic fashion, but evoke an immediate, claustrophobic, handheld camera feel. You are a participant-observer. You are there, in the thick of it, as things are going down. There is plenty of action and gore, as there was in the first novel, yet there are also situations that are emotionally stunning, in some cases heart-wrenching. There are surprises and cliff-hanging incidents. There is drama and suspense. There are personal transformations among the protagonists. What more could you ask for?" -Walter Conley

From the Author

Strandville Zombie Series Chronology:
-Payback, A Strandville Zombie Short
-Cure, A Strandville Zombie Novel, #1
-Afterbirth, A Strandville Zombie Novel, #2

5.0 out of 5 stars The experiment continues..and it's fast and frenetic March 13, 2013
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Seven months have passed since the uncertain conclusion of Cure. The infected have broken past the confines of the remote town of Strandville and the once cozy town has become the epicenter of the nationwide epidemic known as 'The Collapse'. Dr. Nixon still continues his experiments in a secluded cabin in the woods while the rest of the survivors are scattered. But that doesn't last long. All roads lead back to Strandville. Will Zach and Allison be reunited? Can Scott and Miranda patch up their relationship in a post apocalyptic world filled with the living dead? What of Max Reid, who's now surviving on his own in the derelict Nixon center, not only fighting hoards of the undead but constant death squads sent by a revenge minded Dr. Nixon? The experiment continues.

The Zombie Apocalypse. It's the natural progression of the storyline. There was no way the disease would stay in Strandville. Part of what I liked so much about Cure was how claustrophobic it felt; the remote setting, the creepy hospital, never knowing what would happen during the close quarters combat. For the blink of an eye, I was worried that Afterbirth would lose that since the zombie problem had broken nationwide. Turns out, I was worried over nothing. Afterbirth loses none of what made the first installment different and fun to read. It's a microcosm of the larger problem. The survivors are scattered and it takes the reader on a journey from parts outside and away from the Nixon center and leads them right back to where it all started...whether the characters like it or not.

This sequel is much more action packed than the first installment. Zombies are everywhere and something so simple as going out for supplies could spell doom at any given time. But, it's not all about action. This book, like Cure, is about the characters and how they react, adapt, and fight in order to survive. They just don't get a lot of down time to chew the fat ;) Frisch barely gives her characters a chance to breath before the blood flies from skeletal mouths. But, zombies aren't the only conflict here. As previously stated, this is a character driven book and the various players have to survive each other as well as evil doctors, crazed henchmen, and the flesh eating dead. While there's a great amount of action involving gore, gun play and improvised weaponry, it's a backdrop for the characters' interplay. The action doesn't TAKE OVER the story. It SERVES the story. Well done.

The plot is tight and moves at a breakneck pace thanks to the author's fast and fluid style that features well told action, great dialogue and rapid fire chapters. The story starts with a widely cast net; a net that contains many subplots but gets tighter and tighter with each chapter until everyone is back where they least want to go. It was impressive how Frisch took the scattered locations at the outset and drew all the players together without even so much as a hiccup or a plot hole. Every motivation and every reason for the characters to come together again made sense and felt plausible. The ending is satisfying, makes sense, and left me wanting more. Very well done.

So, tempted to delve into the world of zombies for the first time? Maybe want to try a change of pace from the standard zombie novel? If you haven't already, give The Strandville Zombie series a shot and see what the experiment is all about. And hey, it's got zombie babies and chainsaws. What's not to like about that?


Dead Spell by Belinda Frisch (Apr 28, 2011)Meet Harmony Wolcott. Damaged and determined, she'll take you to the wrong side of the tracks and you'll love it.

 "This is a great book that pulled me in from the beginning pages and would not let go until the end." -Nightly Reading Review

"When the words of a book reach out, grips you by the throat, and pulls you from the first page to the very end in one sitting, then that is a great book. Dead Spell did just that. I was completely captivated from the very beginning and felt as though I couldn't read it quickly enough." -Angela Scott

Harmony's darkest secret has clawed its way back from the grave and only her best friend, Brea believes her.

Adam, Harmony's boyfriend, fears for her safety. Her mentally ill mother is too busy tending her own demons to care. Brea's family, who has denounced Harmony's for years, buried the truth about their shared tragic past along with their former friendship.

Harmony looks for answers about the monster's identity in the wreckage of her abandoned childhood home but when her search leads her down a dark path, Brea and Adam must pick up the crumbs to get much needed closure.

Some secrets you keep, even from yourself. Dead Spell is about a ghost with a past and a girl who would die to forget it.

 5 Star Review

By Summer D. Hammond on February 22, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Amazon Verified Purchase Dead Spell. Then see if you can get to sleep. I couldn't. Every little noise jarred me awake, heart racing. I kept getting up to check the doors, the closets, behind the shower curtain. I lay awake, mind churning over a novel with a relentless and terrifying grip.

After three hours of nonstop reading, I felt like I'd stepped off a thrill ride that was part world's most bad-assed rollercoaster and part insane house of horrors. Dead Spell carved itself into my muscle memory and won't be shaken off. It's akin to a furious nightmare that electrifies you every time you think of it for the rest of your life.

The technical skill it took to craft such a complex, layered story leaves me awe struck. Frisch wrote from several different perspectives and the shift always felt right and seamless from a technical perspective, gripping and dizzying from an emotional perspective. And the writer sank me into some truly frightening psychologies.

Being inside Harmony's mind was both awful and riveting. What Frisch accomplished, creating this complex, believable "bad girl", is stunning. All too often "bad girls" are rendered cartoonish, as exaggerated caricatures. Harmony is disturbing and compelling because she's real. She's fierce and vulnerable and full of rage and also brimming with need like a terrified little girl. She is so skillfully rendered that part of the heart pounding suspense of the story is waiting to see what Harmony will do or say next.

And you know what's amazing? The beauty of the writing in a story of horror. "She dug her toes into the mud and the surface roots of weeds that she briefly imagined were the tendons and sinew of some half rotten soul." That's exquisite, and also gut-wrenching, and there's something in that contrast that renders it unforgettable. The novel is infused with gorgeous imagery even as it reads like an unstoppable slam against one atrocity after another - and it's the beauty of these details, contrasted with the horror, that contributes to a richly complicated narrative that won't let go.

Yes, this is a story brimming with masterful contrasts. Harmony and her mentally ill mother, Charity. The stark contrast of those gentle names against a backdrop of misery and grotesque despair. Then Brea and Harmony. Brea's fear only serves to intensify Harmony's recklessness. For instance, when Harmony gets arrested for stealing a car. "Harmony was silent, unshaken, cuffed and defiant, and Brea wondered how she could be so strong when she, the innocent one, was scared shitless." Brea's growth from timidity to ferocity for the sake of her friend rivets you to the page. Her whirlwind absorption into the madness adds a mystery element to the thriller/horror/paranormal/romance.

The scenes with Tom are a ghastly nightmare. Try to guess what he's all about. I dare you. The twists come out of nowhere and it's like being on a rollercoaster in pitch black never see them coming and you just rise and drop and your soul screams.

The ending was a revelation I never guessed. The most horrifying, exquisitely rendered drop of all, leaving my stomach a tightly constructed pretzel of fear wedged in my throat.



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Cure: A Strandville Zombie Novel #1 by Belinda S. Frisch, Brown, A.J. and Hansen, Sarah (Dec 10, 2013)

Book Description

December 10, 2013
**Runner-up in the General Fiction category of the 2012 Halloween Book Festival
**Optioned for film
**BOOK ONE of the Strandville Zombie Series

Medicine meets horror in this thrilling escape tale about the evil men do in the name of progress.

Dr. Howard Nixon's medical research has him dabbling in the undead and has the women of Strandville disappearing.

Desperate to find a cure for the lethal virus which turns its victims into zombies, Nixon kidnaps Miranda Penton, a security recruit with a past that won't let her go. He doesn't count on anyone coming looking for her, least of all her ex-husband, Scott.

A warning call brings Scott to Strandville where he bands together with a team of locals determined to bring their own loved ones home. Together, they infiltrate Nixon's staff, hatching a plan that releases not only the surviving women, but the virus on those left in the hospital.

Nixon locks down the center to contain the spread, turning patients, visitors, and staff into a dangerous horde that is almost impossible to escape. Miranda and the others fight for their lives. The town of Strandville is ground zero for the zombie apocalypse and Miranda must get free because the fate of humanity lies with her unborn child.


Editorial Reviews


"Zombies. They're seemingly everywhere these days. On TV, in video games, in children's movies, in books. They're nothing new but their popularity soars. They're the 'new vampires'. There's just something primal and disturbing about them. Creatures that have one purpose in mind: feeding on live flesh. That's a staple of the myth and the genre. The key to making a novel featuring the brain craving undead different is to make them your own...And that's what Belinda Frisch does in this fast paced, frenetic, gory survival horror novel." 
-Matt Schiariti, Author of Ghosts of Demons Past

"Frisch writes with the pace of a runaway train. She sets the story in motion and it steadily picks up speed to the point where I didn't feel like I could read the pages fast enough. I actually had to force myself to slow down because I was skimming rather than reading. The zombies are fantastically horrible, the gore is gruesome and the smells she describes are palpable. Again, I won't divulge details, but I will tell you that after I read Cure, I am immensely glad to already have in my possession the sequel, "Afterbirth." I can, with no reservation, say that if you pick up this book you won't be disappointed." 
-Richard Baker

From the Author

Strandville Zombie Series Chronology:
-Payback, A Strandville Zombie Short
-Cure, A Strandville Zombie Novel, #1
-Afterbirth, A Strandville Zombie Novel, #2

5.0 out of 5 stars Action packed and thrilling, March 28, 2013
This review is from: Cure: A Strandville Zombie Novel #1 (Kindle Edition)
This is an excellent read that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It draws you in and doesn't let go until the very end and even then, urges you to read further in the series.

I'm a new recruit to the world of zombies, and I especially like understanding more about how the zombies came into being. It didn't just happen somehow, but in this story was caused by a "mad" doctor in search of a cancer cure. And while Dr. Nixon's research to try and cure a disease that seems to touch us all in some terrible way is noble, his methods are far from it.

Characters are compelling and believable. Readers are drawn into their stories of survival. I would highly recommend this book to lovers of horror and anyone else, as I am not a die-hard horror fan. But for a book as well written as this, I have become hooked!


Fatal Reaction by Frisch, Belinda (Nov 3, 2013)


Book Description

November 3, 2013
Those trained to save lives might be the most skilled at taking them.

Paramedic Anneliese Ashmore's routine shift takes a startling turn when she answers the call she was never meant to hear--a call to a crime scene where her sister, Sydney, is the victim of an apparent overdose suicide.

The evidence says otherwise.

In the midst of a heated divorce, motive implicates Sydney's soon-to-be ex-husband. While the police focus on the single lead, Ana makes her own discovery.

A chain of e-mails between Sydney and her surgeon's office sets Ana on a search for answers about her sister's recent diagnosis and the life-altering treatment that saved her. The body count rises as Ana closes in on the truth and on the man of her dreams.

With the help of Dr. Jared Monroe, an unhappily married physician with a bit of a crush, Ana uncovers a ring of greed and corruption and exposes the fact that Sydney's medical treatment may have been the catalyst for her murder.

Unfortunately for Ana, she may be next.

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Medical Mystery by an equally fantastic writer! December 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I read Belinda Frisch’s “The Cure” and “After Birth” and fell in love with her creative approach to an old topic trope; zombies. I knew from reading the first novel, “The Cure”, that I was in for a treat from her. She did not let me down. Now, 3 books later, I am glad I discovered, contacted and befriended Belinda. I have been gifted these books as review copies, and even though we’re now friends, it does not change my thoughts on her writing ability.

This book is friggen fantastic. It has an incredibly interesting theme: Medical Suspense Thriller, Unethical Doctors, Triangulated Love Affairs, and Body Part Stealing!! This books was so packed with intrigue, suspense, and the ups/downs of a love affair.

I never figured who was the suspect until I was about 3/4 of the way through the book. Mrs. Frisch does such a phenomenal job creating characters that you fight for, root for, hate, love, and mourn when it is all over and done with.

Ana is an EMT. She lost her parents at a young age and was essentially left to be raised by her older sister Sydney.

Sydney wanted nothing more than to have a beautiful family, but was diagnosed with cancer and had to have a hysterectomy.

Sydney’s husband can’t stand the fact that she couldn’t have kids, so he stepped out on her with an atypical trailer trash, Peg Bundy, type of woman. With a broken marriage, and an even larger broken heart, Sydney is found dead in a sleazy hotel room. Everyone on scenes says it was suicide. But the only suicide I could see taking place in this book was that of Ana’s career.

Ana sets out to prove her sister’s death was not suicide… it was homicide.

Belinda has incredible talent depicting the lives of the characters she creates in her head. They are so real. The story line is also incredibly real; I could see myself reading the headlines of this case on Sunday’s newspaper.

This is a fantastic medical mystery written by an equally fantastic author.

Darlings Of Decay by Shannon Mayer, Tamara Rose Blodgett, Kristen Middleton and Chrissy Peebles (Aug 19, 2013) 


Book Description

August 19, 2013
Zombie stories from thirty-two of your favorite female authors in this Bestselling Zombie Anthology

Featuring stories and excerpts from -

Tamara Rose Blodgett
Vanessa Booke
Chantal Boudreau
Laura Bretz
Tonia Brown
Catt Dahman
Mia Darien
CM Doporto
Jacqueline Druga
Dana Fredsti
Belinda Frisch
April Grey
Michelle Kilmer
Rebecca Hansen
Lori R. Lopez
Suzi M.
Tara Maya
Shannon Mayer
Lyra McKen
Cynthia Melton
Kristen Middleton
Chrissy Peebles
Jeannie Rae
Suzanne Robb
Julianne Snow
Rebecca Snow
Anna Taborska
Ally Thomas
C,A, Verstraete
A.R. Von
Annie Walls
Jen Wilde

With over 325,000 words and featuring some of Amazon's Best Selling Female Authors of Horror, this is certainly not your typical anthology book!

Sit back as your favorite authors of zombie lit take you on a wild, horrifying ride that will leave you breathless. Come and meet the women who love to entertain you with their own unique versions of the zombie apocalypse. 

5.0 out of 5 stars Best anthology yet!! July 26, 2013
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Wow!! This collection of short (and some not so short) stories is absolutely amazing!! I can't express enough how much I love this book!! You get WAY more than expected in this collection. There are so many great stories I can't even begin to try and pick a favorite. While there are a handful that I liked more than others, I truly enjoyed everything I read. There are stories that are as short as 2 pages to as long as a full length novel! I can't believe I only paid 99¢ for this!! What a bargain! I feel like I won a contest getting this so cheap! :-) Many of these shorts are written by authors that I'm familiar with and I totally loved their submissions but, what was a pleasant surprise for me, was how many of these authors I hadn't heard of and how much I really enjoyed what they wrote!! My kindle library has expanded tremendously after downloading SO many full length books based on these shorts, sequels to the installments, and other books from these writers!! I honestly feel like I hit the jackpot with this book!! So, what happens when you get a bunch of talented women together to write stories about the zombie apocalypse?? Download Darlings of Decay and you'll find out!! You won't be disappointed!!!!
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Crisis Hospital: Dark Tales from the Ward, the World, and the Bedside by Belinda Frisch (Dec 26, 2013)


Book Description

December 26, 2013
"As a lifelong Stephen King and horror movie addict I can honestly say I had a lot of fun with this light read." -Author Eden Rose Archer (Author of the Bulletproof Series)

The Fence
A dying woman and her grieving husband struggle with an arrogant, nuisance of a neighbor. All her husband wants to do is to let her pass in peace. In this macabre tale of death and dismemberment, good fences really do make good neighbors.

An abduction. A possible murder. The perpetrator burned beyond recognition lands in the care of a physician who fights to save him until his identity is revealed. Her daughter was his victim. Will he be hers?

When the theft of a black magic talisman goes awry, the team's members turn on one another in this tale of curses and the things people will do to avoid them.

The Deal
A deal with a demonic force comes with unexpected consequences when a woman bargains for the health of her ailing husband.
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! October 14, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book, anthologies are usually kind of hit and miss but this one was pretty consistently great. Very well-written (only editing complaint would be in Cure, the spelling switches back and forth between Zack and Zach), some nice originality in several of the stories. Will be looking forward to more by this writer. And as someone who has survived cancer, and lost a loved to cancer, The Deal went far beyond just another horror story. The Deal and Crow were personal favorites. 

Payback: A Strandville Zombie Series Short by Belinda Frisch and A.J. Brown (Dec 26, 2013)

Book Description

December 26, 2013
When those closest to you break your trust, the only option is payback.

Six months before an outbreak of viral plague turned the residents of Strandville into a mob of flesh-hungry undead, Max Reid was a new father struggling to overcome a gambling addiction for the sake of his family.

Desperate to keep his secret, out of work, and on the losing end of a debt large enough to get him killed, Max turned to Mitch, a Nixon Center guard and the closest thing he had to a friend, to make the money he needed to break-even. What he didn't know was why Mitch was so eager to help him or how far he'd have to go for the cash.

Max Reid is about to find out a terrible secret that will change his life and push him to destroy others'.

"Payback" is a 5200 word prequel short story to "Cure, Strandville Zombie Novel, #1".


4.0 out of 5 stars What turns a man into a monster? November 27, 2012
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Max Reid: The Nixon Clinic's muscle bound, psychopathic security guard. That wasn't always the case however. There was a time, not too long ago, where he was nothing more than a down on his luck guy with a bad habit. A victim of circumstance and poor decisions, Max was forced to take on some 'side work' to try to right the listing ship that was his familly life. When you have a newborn baby, have a rocky relationship with the one you love, and are deep in debt, you may just resort to doing anything to dig yourself out of the hole, no matter how unsavory it may be. Six months ago, Max was a normal guy trying to make due. He had no clue that bad decisions would expose a brutal betrayal and lead him right into the waiting arms of Dr. Nixon and the beginning of the end of his humanity.

I love reading series. Not only do they allow for a deeper attachment to characters and sweeping story arcs, but they also open the door to related shorts, novellas and spinoffs. Payback gives us a glimpse of several of the key moments in Max Reid's not-too-distant past that turned him into what he was when introduced in Cure as well as how he came to be involved with the nefarious house of horros in the first place. It shows that he wasn't always a brutal killer with a dead heart. He was just a guy like anybody else. Rough around the edges but doing his best, until it all stopped on a dime and changed him for the worse. It gives a new perspective of Max and adds another layer of depth to the character. While he was fun to read in Cure, Payback, and its exposition of some of his background, makes Max that much more interesting. He becomes more human, more flawed. And as far as character building, what's more fun and emotionally charged than seeing a good person's fall from grace?

Hopefully we'll get more shorts on Max and other characters in the Strandville universe? These sidebar-type shorts are always a nice little treat. Of course, Firsch's trademarked quick style is in evidence. You'll have no problem reading it in one sitting. Not just because it's a short but because you'll want to know how the monster that is Max Reid came to be. Firsch set up a nice pocket universe in Strandville and I'm sure she's got many more tales to tell.

Check this one out! And hey, it's only a buck ;)



City Of Hell Chronicles: Volume 1 by Colin F. Barnes, Ren Warom, Kendall Grey and Amy L. Overley (Nov 30, 2011)

 There is no god, no angels, no redemption; only suffering. The Ant-headed Old One 'The Great Maurr' has risen and brought hell to earth. The land is scorched and the human race decimated, eaten or tortured. Only three cities remain, a crumbled dying version of their former selves: London, Moscow and Hong Kong. The Great Maurr's own City of Hell dominates most of North America. Its diabolical influence has turned ordinary citizens into torturers, debased slaves, lunatics and zealots.With an eruption at Yellowstone, the likes of which humanity has never seen before, The Old-One tore apart the land, and ascended to rule, aided by its faithful army of acolytes. From the core of the earth it crawled up on to the land, spreading disease and insanity to all corners of the globe.The City of Hell Chronicles tell the tales of survival, death and debauchery.

 5 Star Review

 Delightfully demented By Candice Bundy on December 17, 2011

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For a collection of stories across multiple authors, this anthology is wonderfully cohesive. It's also dark, bleak, and incredibly detailed (I don't recommend eating while you read, however). It tells a story of mankind trying to survive after the rise of Mauur, a vengeful god intent on warping and destroying all humanity has held dear. Humanities odds aren't looking so good.

I look forward to the next volume. :)



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