Wednesday, January 2, 2013
FREE KINDLE E-BOOK ALERT: Shadow of The Conjurer by Steve Gierhart
Shadow of The Conjurer by Steve Gierhart
The universal theme of good versus evil is the primary premise of "Shadow of the Conjurer", the author's venture into the world of gothic historical novels. This imaginative tale is set in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains where the antebellum south "intersects the present". The junction of the past and present is the homestead of Jacob and Melissa McNally, whose house is built upon what was once part of a large cotton plantation, and who are struggling to save their childless marriage. Although they do attempt a reconciliation, walking round their property, stopping to explore the old slave cemetery where Conner, their middle-aged Golden Retriever, digs up and is stabbed by a strange looking thorn.
Almost immediately, strange things begin to happen. When the couple discovers the 1830s journal of Jacob Thompson that describes his deep love for Nika--a young Mandingo girl captured by slave traders in Africa and sold to his father--the story explodes into a fantasy-laden, supernatural saga that includes uncontrollable desires, demonic possession, and excursions into ancient African spirit worlds. Gierhart's vivid imagination, based upon his research of Mandingo legends, is evident in uniquely pronounced and adjective-heavy descriptions of fierce battles fought not only between humans in both the 19th and 21st centuries but amongst ephemeral, immortal beings on other-worldly planes and dimensions.
This is an intriguing story, switching between the 1830s and the present, and traveling into other realms.
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