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This book is dark, possibly darker than any other book you have ever chosen to pick up and read. Darkness oozes from the pages as horrible deeds are done, as destruction is wreaked on a little town and the people in it, and as lives are devastated. There are people who have seen and done horrible things but aren’t horrible people. Victims of circumstance, if you will. If you give this book a shot, you will be asked to read those dark things, dark deeds. The lines of good and evil tend to blur and it takes walking through the darkest of dark times to come through and see hope and light. But make no mistake about it, there is hope. There is light. There is good in this book if you look for it. I won’t tell you that you won’t be a bit traumatized by some of the things you are asked to bear witness to in this book. If you have a heart and any empathy at all, you might be. However, I will tell you it is worth it.
The story relies on a few fantasy cliches (a female thief who uses poison, a swordsman so skilled he can cut down almost an entire mob, and of course, magic powers), but at its core, the story is meant to show how terrible and easy it is for someone to turn a religion that is originally peaceful into an instrument for hatred and destruction. All it takes is charisma and the right words.
Like the first Perilisc book, the story eases you into the lore of this fantasy world fairly well, but it is less successful at it. I'm still scratching my head over some apparition with dark armor (who is he, and why doesn't one of the main characters freak out when she sees him?), and there's a guy named Simon the Bard who steps in, says "Stuff is about to hit the fan!" and then just disappears without a second thought.
In conclusion, this book may please fantasy fans who wished that a typical "Song of Ice and Fire" book had more sex and graphic violence, and that they didn't have to wade through two hundred pages or so to get to the good stuff.
Cheryl witnesses her mother and father being murdered. Her parents were the religious leaders working for Cory-lyn-ber. Losing them really shakes her belief in everything. The story is full of murder, sickness, agony, pain, rape, and abuse. However, there is some hope for this town, and that comes from five strangers, Ruther, Sai, Trevonne, Sob and Ambul who happen to visit the town. Each of them has an interesting backstory and come to Chaste noticing that something really weird is going on. After staying for a little while they decide to find the source of the sickness and to save the town.
Cheryl’s destiny from the start begins to be very harsh but as the story develops she also transforms and develops into a much stronger person. She faces everything that she has been trying to avoid including Cory-lyn-ber.
I found the story to be really dark and twisted. It is filled with sadness and sorrow. The killing of children and murders were gruesome. Some possess the talent of reading about these sensitive topics without having it take much effect on their mood, but for me, it was a hard pill to swallow.
This, of course, does not indicate anything negative about the book. In fact, it was written so well that it managed to have such an effect on me. The literary standard was excellent. The plot was very well thought out, and the layout was superbly placed together. I can strongly say that Jesse Teller is an excellent writer and I look forward to reading more of his books.
Written by Jeyran Main
Chaste is a small town known for its ties to the god Cor-lyn-ber, but gradually its peaceful nature had been corrupted. Children go missing and are found dead, and a sinister presence seems to have infected the town. Cheryl's parents had once been its defenders, but after their deaths, she turned her back on her god and submitted to the abuses heaped upon her. The priest and all those in power in the town are corrupted, and her efforts to keep its corruption from spoiling the innocent are feeble at best. Five strangers enter the town, intending to keep going but are soon drawn into the corruption and evil.
Those who play Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, or similar games set in high fantasy sword-and-sorcery settings will instantly feel at home with this book, as long as they are comfortable with the darker potential of it. There are graphic descriptions of violence, torture, and fights, as well as rape, murder, and psychological tortures. While Cor-lyn-ber might be the god of hope and light in this series of novels (this particular book is the third in the Perilisc series), the priest is actually a corrupted minion of Hac-Jahoo. He plans to bring demons into the world using the bodies of the children, which are defiled in ways not actually described but disgust the characters comfortable with rape, murder, and torture. The stories of all the characters are eventually revealed, and all of them are tortured in some way.
This is not a book of happiness or light, and the darkness can be very disconcerting at times. Characters are changed by the end of it, not always for the better, but in ways that make sense for this world. For those who enjoy dark fantasy tropes, this book will definitely meet expectations.
The main characters are Father Frank, Cheryl the barmaid and self-appointed watcher of the town, and the five strangers, Ambul, Ruther, Sai, Sob, and Trevonne. Cheryl watched her parents die, her mother and battle and her father murdered. They were the religious leaders for Cor-lyn-ber and Cheryl from that point on lost all faith in her god. The first half of the book is all about the devastation of the town, the murders of their children, the sickness and evil that penetrates the land and people. The reader learns little about the five strangers only getting pieces of their history bit by bit. Trevonne is wizardass in training, she arrives in the town of Chaste weak and sick. Sob, an assassin and thief has taken on the role of protector of her. Ruther appears to be the leader of their group with a no nonsense mentality. Ambul and Sai call themselves brothers but they are not related. Sai is known as the great swordsman and dreams of a woman each night where they continue their love saga from afar. Ambul is referred to as the gentlest and good man known to man. He is an innocent and pure of heart, with a secret past.
The five strangers arrive in the town right after the death of another child. They all feel there is a wrongness in the town. The first night there Sob is out looking for jewelry to steal and comes in contact with the killer of the children. She recognized there was something evil and not human from the start but wasn’t staying around to investigate further. Meanwhile, back at the tavern and inn Ambul goes missing after a fight with Sai. The fight was brought on out of nowhere, the towns sickness already infecting them with its poison. From here the story of finding their missing friend, discovering the source of the sickness and purging the town of the poison is told.
The story of Cheryl is key to the novel, and she goes through a drastic transformation. Like all major transformation in life hers is a hard story and she learns lessons of pride and sacrifice. She also learns just how much control the gods of Perilisc have over her life and that of the world around her. She learns that her destiny is set by them, not herself. She must face her past, and Cor-lyn-ber himself.
Overall this book is not for the reader looking for a happy ending fantasy novel. This is fantasy at its darkest. Abuse, demons, and torture are key themes and some are described in vivid detail. If you can get past all that, the story is one of transformation, overcoming evil and delivering justice.
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