Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Death of the Spirit by Rick Chiantaretto ~Verna's FIVE STAR Review~

Death of the Spirit (Crossing Death #2)

Author: Rick Chiantaretto
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Occult, Suspense
Release Date: March 13, 2015
I have no idea who I am anymore.
In Los Angeles, I would have given anything to go home to Orenda, my world where magic was alive and nature spoke to me. Now that I'm back I feel out of place, burdened with responsibility. The human part of me misses the simplicity of Earth, the mage part begs for connection with magic, and the demon part? I don't want to admit that exists.
As the darkness inside me grows, I'll learn to sacrifice for the greater good, as my people have always done. In order to save my family (both mage and human alike), I must face my nightmare, embrace the demon, and descend into the shadowy world of my enemy—the Hell of the Damned.
Once there, I will have nothing left to fear but myself: Edmund Gavel, human, mage, demon... maybe monster.


Death of the Spirit Cover Cover by Eden Crane Design

Death of the Spirit by Rick Chiantaretto gave me FIVE SPINE TINGLING STARS!!
Death of the Spirit left me terrified and looking for shadows while reading it. The beginning of the story pulled me in and had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. By the end of the book I found myself blown away and left in shock and awe at this brilliant second book to the series. Could Edmund really become evil? This is just one of the many questions I’m left pondering after an ending that left me speechless.
Edmund is an outstanding character. I love that he is so selfless and protects those he loves no matter the cost. His friends and family will always come first to him. All the characters in the story I found myself relating to in some way and loved each of their uniqueness.
 It’s mind blowing the way things play out. You will NOT see it coming. It’s definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year. It went beyond my expectations and Rick Chiantaretto never ceases to amaze me with his uniqueness and the way his stories leave you begging for more. The series just keeps getting better and better. I just love this series and its way of hooking you no matter what you love to read. I enjoyed watching everyone including the author grow in this book.
I am now anxiously awaiting book Three, to see what awaits Edmund and his friends. If you love a story that will pull you in and keep you hooked till the very end, as well as leave you with chills then this is the story for you. Not only is it scary in all the right ways, but Edmund’s love for Xia is a once in a lifetime kind of love that you should definitely discover.


About the Author

I've often been accused of having done more in my life than the average person my age, but if I were completely honest I'd have to tell you my secret: I'm really 392.
So after all this time, I'm a pretty crappy writer.
I have some books published and a bunch half written (when you have eternity, why rush?). I've been favorably reviewed by horror greats like Nancy Kilpatrick, and my how-to-write-horror articles have been quoted in scholarly (aka community college freshmen's) papers.
I enjoy the occasional Bloody Mary, although a Bloody Kathy or Susan will suffice.
Mostly, I just try to keep a low profile so people don't figure out who I REALLY am.
Rick Chiantaretto

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I grew up in a world of magic. By the time I was ten I understood nature, talked to the trees, and listened to the wind. When the kingdom of men conquered my town, I was murdered by one of my own-the betrayer of my kind.
But I didn't stay dead.
I woke to find myself in a strange new world called Los Angeles. The only keys to the life I remembered were my father's ring, my unique abilities, and the onslaught of demons that seemed hell-bent on finding me. Now I must learn who I really am, protect my friends, get the girl, and find my way back to my beloved hometown of Orenda.

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