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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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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

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.

Product details

  • 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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #171,106 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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.
*What keeps you reading?*
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner 27 Nov 2011
By JaneB
Format:Kindle Edition
Not my usual style of reading material, but I was quickly engrossed by the characters and found it hard to put my kindle down until I'd finished this book. Already looking forward to the next part of the trilogy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 1 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I love Ali's writing style, her characters, and even the plot (though it's far removed from my normal reading). How good is Lycopolis? Based on it alone, I'll be buying her next novel. Well worth the time and money.
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