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Lycopolis [Kindle Edition]

Ali Luke
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

One Hallowe'en, a group of online roleplayers summon a demon, The Prince of Nightmares. Seth, who's in charge of the game, says it's "just for fun". But disturbing things start to happen in real life: red marks appear on the foreheads of the gamers, and they're all having nightmares about a dark forest.


Secrets come out, friendships are broken, and the boundaries between the real, the virtual and the imaginary become increasingly fractured as the Prince becomes more powerful. Kay, a student at Oxford, is the only person who realises what Seth is doing - and it's up to her to stop him.


****EXCERPT****



In bed, Seth fixed his eyes on the ceiling, staring up through the dark. Sleep tugged at him, eddies dragging his thoughts around and around, fracturing them into a sinking swirl. Lines of computer code. Long sleepless nights. A list of names, waiting for payback. And before all that, a child, lost in a forest ...



****REVIEWS****


"This is one of those books I started reading late in the afternoon and then couldn't put down. I stayed up WAAAY too late reading it, because it's the sort of story where you want to read one more chapter and one more after that because you care about the characters, and you're afraid something terribile will happen to them." 

-- Cheryl M. Reifsnyder


"The suspense is magnetic and constant. ... It's definitely a page-turner."

-- Bill Polm


"I'm not a gamer but I was fascinated by the dual worlds of this novel. I enjoyed the fast paced suspense of the 'real world' segments of the book but was also interested in how the online gaming part of it worked. I like a supernatural side to my novels and the way the nightmares were enmeshed in the game and the character's real lives was skillfully done."

-- Joanna Penn

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About the Author

Ali Luke loves writing (and reading!) fast-paced fiction with strong characters and a touch of the supernatural. She has a degree in English from Cambridge University and an MA in Creative & Life Writing from Goldsmiths College, University of London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 446 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1909068004
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Aliventures (15 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0068R6GAC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #656,365 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm not a gamer but I was fascinated by the dual worlds of this novel. I enjoyed the fast paced suspense of the 'real world' segments of the book but was also interested in how the online gaming part of it worked. I like a supernatural side to my novels and the way the nightmares were enmeshed in the game and the character's real lives was skillfully done.
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The book opens with the summoning of the demon but it doesn't seem to have any impact. Certainly there's nothing in the real world that changes. But then, page by page, it manifests in different ways even to the physical attack of wolves. You keep reading to find out what happens to the characters, particularly Kay and Edwin, the most sympathetic players. I read this in two sittings so it certainly held my interest!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book 26 Nov. 2011
By Simon
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There are few books where the characters are so expertly drawn. The point of view changes to enable each character to contribute to the development of the story without the action becoming confusing. As is the case in life, no person is fully bad or good, the author allows the reader to connect with each character to identify with each of their human frailties and strengths. For such a young writer I was amazed at her depth of understanding of the issues and challenges facing the players within the stories. All this enabled the story to be believable and enjoyable to the last word. Looking forward to the next book in the trilogy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Do scary books keep you up at night, biting your fingernails and with more than one light on? If so, this one may very effect you that way.

This is a well-written supernatural thriller that is both imaginative and realistic at the same time. For the most part the action occurs in England, primarily Oxford, a setting the author knows well. Ms. Luke also has had thorough experience with role-play or multiplayer online computer games. Both areas of her first-hand knowledge provided her with authentic details for her story. So there is an interplay between an accurately described everyday world we all experience and supernatural realms, and progressively the line between the two begins to blur.

You'll find that Ms. Luke's characters come alive on her pages. She has a mature understanding of people, both the good and the bad aspects, which undergirds the feeling of reality. She portrays us humans as we are. The result is a downright scary tale.

Keeping the characters straight is a bit challenging, particularly in the early pages, since most of them have two names, their regular names and the names for their characters in the role-play game. So the reader is advised to make good use of the character-names-list the author provided at the beginning of her text.

I think too this novel might just serve as a cautionary tale for those tempted to dabble in things occult. Luke certainly dramatizes some of the possible disturbing consequences. The suspense is magnetic and constant. The story had me quite worried for several of the characters at points. It's definitely a page-turner.

If you enjoy supernatural thrillers. Here's one you will want to read.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth taking your time to read and reread 7 Mar. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This compact supernatural thriller walks the edge between two worlds: reality and fantasy. Ali Luke does a great job of juggling both worlds and then some. Despite the amount of people introduced, and the complications that gives in those two worlds, she manages to keep confusion at bay with her clear and consistent writing, while exploring the characters involved in depth. The action almost jumps off the page, and the fast pace leaves your head spinning.

A word of caution:

Because of the multiple layers in the book -the two worlds, the fast pace, the character development, the symbolism used, the clues scattered throughout the story as well as the in depth exploration of the different and often dark motivations that drive each and every one of us- this book is, to say the least, quite a read.

Oh, you can read it fast, if you like, but to truly do it justice, I suggest you take the time to read it properly and minimize the distractions. Otherwise you run the risk (as I did, at 4 am in the morning), to miss some of the subtle clues and motivations that are crucial to understanding the dynamic between the characters. Which in turn means that you'll miss out on the delightful psychological mind-trickery this book attempts to play on you and the ambiance it creates, leaving you wondering what you're missing, and how we got here. If you do find yourself in this position, by all means, do what I did, and go back. And take it all in again. I promise, you won't regret it ;)
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