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Theodora's Descent: A Psychological Horror Novel by [Keep, J.E., Keep, M.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 822 KB
  • Print Length: 428 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pathforgers Publishing (29 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MR1SH2I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #712,620 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Theodora's Descent is a horror novel that sucks you in. Theodora lives in an old house and ventures down into the basement where she discovers a hidden world full of monsters. It is being compared to Alice in wonderland and there are similarities although this story is much darker. With short chapters and a storyline that keeps a good pace, this was an enjoyable read.
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A good meaty read, a world of fascinating characters and creatures. Loved Tar'kuls dedication and admired Thia. I hope this book gets a sequel, but works well as a standalone.
Discovered this author after reading Outcast l & ll which is no longer on Amazon, did not a chance to say how great they were.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d35a9e4) out of 5 stars 30 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cfae9f0) out of 5 stars A great, creepy story! 30 Aug. 2014
By Chasmmm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I read some of the other reviews that said this is like Alice in Wonderland except for adults, and now it totally makes sense. I was wondering what the book kept reminding me of all the way through, and that’s exactly what it was--a very surreal kind of story where you’re not really sure what’s real and what’s not, just like Wonderland. It all seems so strange and weird, but the main character is clearly living through it which makes it even more horrifying.

And instead of the Queen of Hearts, we have something much, much scarier! (Probably the best part of the entire novel was the Queen.)

The sex was incredibly dark and not really consensual for the most part, but with all the horrors that Thia had to go through, it certainly wasn’t the worst part of the ordeal for her. Having to eat mushrooms you find growing on corpses? Disgusting, lol!

But Theodora’s Descent was dark and twisted, and the love story complimented it perfectly. The ending was perfect...Just the right amount twisted happenings. Tar’kul became a really cool character once I found out what was going on with the dreams and such
A great, creepy story :) A big thanks to the authors (review copy received in exchange for honest commentary).
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c7b1900) out of 5 stars Dante's Inferno and Hieronymus Bosch 3 Nov. 2014
By Jo Armstrong - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Dante’s Inferno and Hieronymus Bosch - that’s what this book was. I have to admit that I didn’t pick it at first. Prolific as they are, I’ve never read these authors before, and to be honest, I never have any idea what Ingrid Hall is going to throw at me next (hurrah! I love surprises!), so I really had no idea what to expect, and no pre-conceived notions.
Theodora’s Descent started out as a pretty staid gothic novel. Can I say boring? It started out pretty boring. Ho-hum. A young woman inherits her aunt’s estate. Guess what, she’s rich. Guess what, she’s beautiful. Guess what, she’s strong and independent and very modern for her era. And oh, guess what, there’s a dark and mysterious set of stairs leading downwards that she simply must explore.
I’m sorry but my eyes glazed over and I was about to throw it back Ingrid-ward. I’m not sure how many more times I could hear that Theodora was petite. And that her large, pale blue eyes shimmered. And she had a tiny frame. And that she had lustrous golden hair. Gawk.
But then - oh my gosh. How did I ever get past the first few chapters? I have no idea but thank God I did. What an absolutely mesmerising read. Once she does descend those very suspicious stairs, she finds herself in a nightmare. I’m not exaggerating; a nightmare. Creature after sickening creature attempt to kill, devour, enslave or rape her, each more grotesque than the last.
That’s when Bosch’s work sprung into my mind.
I used to pore for hours over his work, the twisted details of his perverse imagination fascinating and disgusting at the same time. And this book was exactly like that. Theodora’s story is so sick it became fascinating. And much as the authors dwelt on their main character’s perfection at the start, so too did they dwell on the horrifying ugliness of the creatures that she found in the world below.
I couldn’t stop reading. It did tend to go on… I think I would have liked the book to have been shorter, and an epilogue about eight chapters before the end did throw me rather, but it was lengthy. But the surprises were well-timed and cunningly laid. Like the traps which Theodora falls into time and again, the reader falls into icky gooey rotting traps too. Clever.
The authors’ hero is a monster. I’m not kidding, he’s gross. But they play with our understanding of a hero most beautifully, presenting us with what we have come to expect from him and yet questioning the need for him to be attractive. Or even - um - human. I found it interesting on so many levels. The story, and especially the characterisation, made me consider quite deeply what is necessary in our protagonists in order for us as readers to find satisfaction. What makes the hero heroic? What makes a villain villainous? (Or in this case, many many villains villainous?)
Think Beauty and the Beast - but the uncut non-Disney version. This is the X-rated version that comes on TV after 11pm. Beast is not just a little fluffy round the ears, he’s actually got extra pairs of arms, triangular eyes and a snake-like tongue. I kid you not.
So, basically, Theodora descends into the bowels of hell where it’s dark and creepy and everything that moves is a threat. Except for one guy (I use the term loosely) who wants to protect her. She spends the rest of the book trying to escape either him or everything else. And most of all to get back to the surface where she came from. Of course he doesn’t want her to leave, but he also wants her to be happy, so it’s a little tricky. Will she fall in love with him? (ew, gross!) Will she ever leave? And what would happen to him if she did?
A simple story. But told in such a fascinatingly creepy and mesmerizingly tangible way, you’ve just got to see it for yourself.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cee41bc) out of 5 stars Great horror story, keeps you reading to the very end. 29 Aug. 2014
By brannagh wolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is a stand alone novel, it contains triggers and there is a warning as to what they are at the beginning of the book.

Theodora is a young noblewoman who has inherited her aunts estate in the countryside. As a child, she stayed there and remembers hearing strange voices trying to lure her from her bed. As an adult, her adventurous nature gets the better of her and she is lured into the depths of the house that she now occupies. Lured into a hellish city below the earths surface, Theodora is saved from the clutches of vampires by an equally as scary monster. Her journey to find her way out of this nightmare brings her into contact with beings that are both dangerous and evil.

I just finished this book today and I'm still trying to process it. The best I can describe it is a horrific version of Alice in Wonderland. Truthfully, the story is amazing and well thought out. I can't even think of anything current to compare it to. The monsters are original and downright scary sounding. I definitely wouldn't want to be in Theodoras shoes. The book is long, but you don't really notice because you find yourself wanting to see if she makes it out of this alive and mentally intact. Honestly, when I came to the end, I kind of hoped there would be more or that there would be an indication of a continuation of the story. The story is very dark, at times it's even hopeless, and there are triggers in it. This is a serious warning, heed the trigger warning. That being said, nothing in the story felt forced or like it was put in there merely for shock value. The story flowed wonderfully from one horrifying event to the next, with just enough hope mixed in to keep you reading as fast as you could. There were a few minor errors that I chalk up to formatting issues, ebooks almost always have a few here and there, but none of them were bothersome enough to detract from the story.

Overall I felt that this was a fabulous book, a great tale that really goes where you least expect it to. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a dark, cerebral horror story, with a small bit of a love story thrown in for flavor.

Reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c89e4b0) out of 5 stars A gem of a story 17 July 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book was amazing. The amount of imagination put inside to write is huge.

I don't understand the 2 reviewers who gave such low ratings so the overall rating is only 2,5*. I hope my 5* will help improve the average grade :)

Another great freebie that I decided to read based on the great cover.

The action is very slow paced and interwoven with dreams that we don't know why Thia has them until much later in the book when this gets explained (or who the people from the dream are).

Everyone is trying to kill her there deep under the earth in the caves and the unnatural old shapes of the city that isn't supposed to be there. Strange glowing fungus, water that isn't water, strange species and special atmosphere of darkness, danger and loneliness accompanies her all the time.

There are the pale ones - vampiric people who want to eat her, plant people who want to kill her so she would come back and live eternally like them in their form, a human settlement with it's inhabitants so long under that the new generations have been born this way and have never seen the sun or sky... and so much more.

It seems that the only friend Thia has is the ex human and now half monster from whom she desperately tries to escape the first half of the book, until realizing he really tries to protect her and the dangers he warned were really there around every possible corner.

I don't want to reveal more, you will have to read it for yourself.

It surely is a great adventure and I loved the happy ending that I never truly expected.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c89b810) out of 5 stars This story is like Alice in Wonderland on some serious drugs. And you can't put it down once you pick it up!! 29 Aug. 2014
By Elaine Tyra - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This story is like Alice in Wonderland on some serious drugs. Thia goes down a hole from hell with death all around. Tar'kul is the one who pulls her from grasp of the pale ones. He tells her to stay with him. He has set up a "home" for her with food of sorts so she can eat. She is soon to see his eyes are not what they seem and he he is more alien than human in his appearance. But he speaks to her in her mind. He tells her to stay with him and she will be safe. The others called to her and now she has no way back, but she feels she has to get back up. When he leaves, she escapes. He feels her leaving and tells her to go back. Pleads with her, he will make her happy. She gets into trouble and he helps her. But she can't stay, she has to get back to the surface home and to the light. She leaves and fights so many battles before he is able to join her only until she fears she
has lost him again. This book is so far out of the norm you will have a hard time keeping up with the beings and more trouble putting it down.
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