Set in 18th century Europe, this is a wonderfully well told fantasy/horror story.
Mostly told as a monologue by a "Wanderer" who awakes one day drunk and with no recollection of who he is or even what he is, this story follows his journey of self discovery. Travelling through Europe he discovers not only his own deep secrets, but hidden secrets about humanity, heaven, hell and the nature of God.
Although dealing with subjects such as heaven, hell, God and what it means to be human, this is not a religious sermon - far from it in fact. What it is is a thoroughly entertaining and in places downright scary Gothic fantasy horror story.
What sets this story apart from many other self published novels is the quality of the writing. I don't think I have read such beautifully elegant prose in quite some time and I am in fact struggling to think of anything comparable. The vocabulary is extensive, the metaphors and similes are original and appropriate and the world the author weaves is rich, dark, foreboding and believable.
This is helped by the fact that the author has clearly researched the period in question and historical fact such as the 1740-1741 famine in Ireland is used to particularly graphic effect.
The presentation on the Kindle is also very good. I didn't notice any formatting or typographical errors at all.
Being the first in a series, there are of course many unanswered questions left at the end of the book. The ending tells you enough to close this part of the story, but also left me wanting more. I will be looking for the next in this series!
Overall - 5 stars! One of the most accomplished self published novels I have read to date and an extremely impressive début.