Steven B. Williams Heartsnare (Umbraverse Book 1)


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The Yorkshire city of Willingsley is full of straight-shooting, gobby northern folk going about their day to day lives, with their love affairs, their health problems and all of life’s other nonsense grinding on day after day. And then, suddenly, monsters come to town and people start dying. At the center of it all is Eric Mayfair, a twenty-something who a year ago was facing imminent heart failure. Fatal. Terminal. That’s what the doctors said. And then, miraculously, Eric got better. He doesn’t know how. No one does. All he knows is he has a new heart, a great black leach of a thing embedded in his chest that no one else seems to see. Then someone close to Eric is murdered and, in his search for answers, Eric uncovers an unseen world of monsters, dark powers and deadly secrets. "Wielding a scalpel forged from bone and shadow, Steven B. Williams slices open the skin of BBC soap-opera northern England and peels it back to expose an occult world. Here are bodybuilding supplements brewed from the essence of darkness, parasitic shadow hearts that grant their hosts unimaginable powers, shape-changing exiles from interdicted planets, and murderous demonic beings intent on bringing the universe crashing down around them. All this cosmic phantasmagoria is grounded in the everyday life of Eric Mayfair, hapless fuckup, and his loving, sarcastic mum. It's a heady mix and I can't wait for the sequel." - Alex Jeffers, author of Not Here. Not Now. and That Door Is a Mischief "Heartsnare is a headlong tumble into a world of men -- and monsters. Yorkshire banter mixes with supernatural horror and dark, bloody romance in a visceral journey into the power of love and memory." John Howard, author of The Lustre of Time and Secret Europe "Within the first ten pages of Heartsnare you gain a sense of this novel’s aura of humor, longing, and human frailty, all mixed with a good bit of terror and the other world. Steven B. Williams captures your imagination and takes you on a compelling ride filled with lust, wit, and mysterious creatures." - Lambda Literary Foundation
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    Heartsnare (Umbraverse Book 1)


    18. May 2017 um 06:53

    This turned out to be a very long and tiring read, and by tiring I mean two senses of the word: boring and stressful. Large portions of the book consisted of negligible details and boring dialogues. After some time, those even became quite annoying with every odd statement ending with 'mate' oder 'cheers' - at first it added a quirky but somehow also charming touch, but very soon it crossed the border to 'oh please not again'.So how can a boring story at the same time be stressful? Well, between all that uninteresting stuff it was hard not to miss the main story-line, but once I got used to skip the unimportant stuff a quite interesting plot revealed itself. The basic concept of the hidden shadow hearts and the evil umbras was truly fascinating, although I missed some more background detail to truly understand everything. Were the dialogues are the weakest part of this book, the action scenes and the fantasy passages are OK. The looming romance between Eric and Alistair with their constant teasing was a nice addition to loosen things up.Like the needle in a haystack, you have to dig deep to find the essential story hidden beneath a huge pile of fillers. This book could easily be condensed and edited into a quite captivating fantasy novel. However, in its current state it just left me exhausted and disappointed.(Thanks to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for a copy of the book, all opinions are my own)

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