- Title: Dark Gifts
- Author: Jacob Stanley
- ISBN: null
- Page: 236
- Format: Kindle Edition
THE LEVIATHAN An ancient evil with unspeakable appetites has been reaching across the veil between worlds, searching among those with powerful psychic gifts for someone strong enough to become his newest disciple And now, at last, he has found her THE CHOSEN Simone Copeland, a young woman trying to outrun her troubled past, returns to her hometown in the mountaTHE LEVIATHAN An ancient evil with unspeakable appetites has been reaching across the veil between worlds, searching among those with powerful psychic gifts for someone strong enough to become his newest disciple And now, at last, he has found her THE CHOSEN Simone Copeland, a young woman trying to outrun her troubled past, returns to her hometown in the mountains of rural Virginia, hoping to regroup and start over But there s something unusual about Simone, something that sets her apart from 99.9% of the human race, and now she s been singled out by a horrible malevolent force Soon she will experience the initial harbingers of her new destiny urges to commit acts of unthinkable violence urges she can barely resist And unless she can find a way to cope, it s only a matter of time before she loses control and does something completely unforgivable This is the first stage Simone is becoming THE MAGE Malcolm Thackery, an agent for a secret order of powerful occult practitioners, is sent to investigate a colleague suspected of dabbling in forbidden magics, and stumbles onto evidence of a horrifying conspiracy As he tries to get to the bottom of things, Malcolm will soon find himself in very hot water indeed, with gods meddling in his business, and horrors beyond imagining waiting just out of sight THE BATTLE The stakes are high and time is running out Will Simone manage to calm the storm of violence building inside her And will Thackery survive long enough to discover the truth and come to her aid Or will both be overwhelmed by the cunning machinations of a terrible evil from an alien realm that completely defies human understanding Dark Gifts is the first book in author Jacob Stanley s Titan s Song series The story blends visceral horror in the vein of authors such as Clive Barker, Stephen King, and Richard Laymon, with creepy eldritch fantasy inspired by classic pulp magazine writers like H.P Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith Readers who enjoy violent macabre fiction with a strong fantasy element should find a lot to like in this intense supernatural thriller AUTHOR S NOTE The Titan s Song series is an ongoing work of serialized fiction It s basically like a TV series in book form Each episode moves the story further along and unravels of the mystery An omnibus titled The DARK Chronicles, which collects the first 4 books of this series at a discounted price, is now available for purchase.
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I got this book in exchange for an honest review by the author. So I went into this book pretty blind, not knowing exactly what it was or what genre it was meant to be. I still have not decided that. This book was just ok for me.In this story we have Simone moves back to her hometown after making some wrong choices in her life. She gets to her hometown and receives a gift from her estranged relatives that is supposed to be some kind of lucky charm, only the lucky charm is not all that lucky when [...]
Jacob Stanley can write. His style is sharp and edgy and makes for easy reading. In this novella, he has constructed a fascinating world of gods, demons, powerful beings from beyond current time and space who co-exist but are largely unknown to your normal human. Fortunately we get to meet two characters in this introduction to a larger work who are definitely not normal.First there is Malcolm Thackery who is - well I'm not sure what you would call him - but he works in a semi-casual capacity fo [...]
I received a free book copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.I finished it in a day and I absolutely loved it. The characters are well developed and you start to actually feel for them and get annoyed by them in equal parts. The magical system and mythology are remarkably well thought out and that fact in itself pushes the story forward.It is like a mixture between the Dresden Files and Charles Stross Atrocity Archives. I can't wait for the next installment in the series.It has tremend [...]
The title is grabby. The writing is solid, vivid and strong. The horror it points to immediately pulls the reader into a paranormal scenario and doesn't let go until the end. We get a sense of author authority as we are taken on imaginative and surprising twists.Simone has headaches, which often include hallucinations. She thinks she has a brain tumor, though doctors deny it. The good-luck family heirloom she is given doesn't help. The episodes worsen. However it appears she is destined, not for [...]
This book was recommended to me by a friend, and it was way better than I expected. I love the two main characters, especially Thackery. The story is quite involving, something you don't find that often in straight up blood and guts horror. The fantasy element is also there. So I found a lot to like here, and look forward to future episodes/books in the series. I don't often like serials, but this one was an exception. Short, like all serial novels, but I didn't feel cheated by the length. Can't [...]
“She Kills” is a spellbinding story of magic in modern times. The author weaves a web of intrigue around a girl with a checkered past, to bring her into a world fraught with things she does not believe in. A simple seeming object sets her off on this journey into darkness.Her cousin send her a small stone pyramid in the mail. With a single touch it sets off a series of events that come to a conclusion rapidly, but lead well into continuing the story.I can’t wait for the next book in the se [...]
This is an interesting start to the story. The setting is well thought out and original (none of your average vampires and werewolves), characters have depth to them and feel alive. The book/episode is too short, though, and left me salivating for more. Oh, and P.S.: this is a dark urban fantasy, with blood and guts hanging out of it :)
She Kills was a very pleasant surprise. I really appreciate how unique the creatures and magic is in this, it's very refreshing. The characters are also really interesting with many layers. The story was compelling and I can't wait for the next installment. Highly recommended.
I received a free copy of this book for an honest, non-reciprocal review.There are several good ideas in this book, but I don’t think they’re all brought out as well as they could be. The book deals with parallel worlds, and demons or beings that seem to be able travel between them. The story concentrates on two people in our plane of existence: Simone Copeland is a young woman who receives an unexpected package one day containing a sort of family heirloom. It’s a small stone pyramid which [...]
This is like a punk horror book, with many bizarre and inexplicable events that suddenly arise and cause graphic devastation to its victims. As well, this book does not have an ending in the sense that the immediate matters are resolved, but rather asks you to check out the next book in the series.There are two main characters, each operating in his or her own life as it were, and confronted by demonic activity. They both know they're confronting paranormal evil forces, but we don't get to see w [...]
Within the first three sentences, I knew that was going to enjoy the experience of a well-crafted readE Kills – is a cross between the Exorcist and Warehouse 13. It is a mixture of the occult, mythology and adventure thriller.In Titan’s Song, the first act (in a four-part series) is set.The cast of characters includes;Simone. She’s a sultry junk food junkie who has moved back home with her mother. Simone has a history of headaches that precipitate odd visions and she’s about to have a me [...]
Jacob Stanley is a pretty unique writer. I found this first episode of the Titan's Song serial to be quite refreshing overall. The author's matter-of-fact style of writing is easy to sift through, his descriptions are to the point and set the scene very well. My favorite aspect of She Kills definitely had to be the more mysterious sections of the storych as when Simone "fell" below in an unorthodox way only to then have an amusingly strange conversation with a person that she didn't even believe [...]
WOW!This story was incredibly interesting. I finished it in a few hours. No breaks. I recommend you give this series top priority on your reading list.
This is not a stand-alone in any sense of the word.
Good StoryWe are introduced to two main characters, Simone and Thackery. The book's title states that there will be "Horror" and "Dark Fantasy". The author delivers this but I don't think the storyline was very well developed. As usual with a series, the ending leaves a lot to be desired. I'll probably read the next book out of curiosity.
A nice start to a potential series. I enjoyed this novel. It is a good start but it is not too long. You would expect longer for this kind of a genre, and there are a couple of head scratching moments in the story that you have to just kind of read past. Still a very quick and enjoyable read.
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