Joshua's Folly (The Sacred Blade of Profanity series Book II)
Jahl-Rin… the very name would cause folk to look over their shoulder in terror. Not Joshua though. Joshua Melkerin was a peculiar character. Unassuming, ordinary looking, generously aged; he was not the kind of person one would consider to engage in the despicable acts such as those of Jahl-Rin and his ilk. His colourful past, a meticulously kept secret from all decent and law abiding folk, Joshua had at last reached the point of no repent. Alone in the world and the last of his ancestry, his zest for life all but extinguished, Joshua cared naught for the fortunes of others.
The Sacred Blade Of Profanity had waited many years to introduce itself, through Scarlett, to Joshua’s tainted blood. The time had come at long and final last. The Kirlt’th sorcerers’ lineage had their motivations behind each targeted kill throughout the extensive history of The Blade Of Power―motives that would one day become apparent, as Joshua plodded uncertainly to his inevitable doom...
"Joshua's Folly" by Toneye Eyenot is the second book of the dark-fantasy series "The Sacred Blade of Profanity."
The first one, "The Scarlett Curse" is an amazing little novella where the main characters and background are introduced.
This book reveals the thread in flashes, sewing all the stories from the first title together. What seemed to be the centre of the plot, is not. Who you thought to be the hunter, turns into prey. Everything makes sense for the reader, but all doors remain open for THAT feeling telling you nothing will stay like this for long.
Many important characters run parallel, connected little stories, chasing each other. You won't be able to say who's the protagonist. You just love some and hate others. Anyhow, all of them, intense feelings.
You connect with all of them in some way. They doubt, freeze, hate, love. It doesn't matter their specific role. A naive, curious little girl, unaware of her dark, harrowing near future; a cursed soul with a condemned burden on her shoulders, evil sorcerers; a disgusting, demonic butcher and a selfish, with an empty soul, interested kidnapper.
The book is structured in short chapters, which makes the read agile and quick, using flashes to jump from one character to another, although you never get lost.
Conspiracies, black magic, conjurers, panic and blood. Every little part is essential, the ensemble makes perfect sense and nothing is expected.
Descriptions are so graphic and visceral that you can perfectly smell the blood and electricity of the most atrocious scenarios the author pours on your hands.
Eyenot owns the volatile skill of provoking in you either a loving, charming and warm feeling or he can freeze your spine, terrifying you from your own palpitation.
This turns into an amazing mix of emotions when you're reading "him". No matter if an entire book like this one or any of his short stories. You could just pick up any of his work, blindly, and you'll just adore it.
I'm looking forward to having the third one, to be released soon. I recommend this book to all terror, dark fantasy lovers. It's not average. It's intense, sharp, deep.
It will hunt you ...and you'll love it.
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Review written by The Bold Mom