Lost GodsWritten by Brom
Illustrated by Brom
(Harper Voyager - 10/25/2016)Genres: Fantasy, Horror
Format: eARC (496 pages)
A young man descends into Purgatory to save his wife and unborn child in this gorgeous, illustrated tale of wonder and terror from the mind of master storyteller and acclaimed artist Brom
Fresh out of jail and eager to start a new life, Chet Moran and his pregnant wife, Trish, leave town to begin again. But an ancient evil is looming, and what seems like a safe haven may not be all it appears . . .
Snared and murdered by a vile, arcane horror, Chet quickly learns that pain and death are not unique to the living. Now the lives and very souls of his wife and unborn child are at stake. To save them, he must journey into the bowels of purgatory in search of a sacred key promised to restore the natural order of life and death. Alone, confused, and damned, Chet steels himself against the unfathomable terrors awaiting him as he descends into death’s stygian blackness.
With Lost Gods, Brom’s gritty and visceral prose takes us on a haunting, harrowing journey into the depths of the underworld. Thrust into a realm of madness and chaos, where ancient gods and demons battle over the dead, and where cabals of souls conspire to overthrow their masters, Chet plays a dangerous game, risking eternal damnation to save his family.
FTC Disclosure: This book was provided to me from the author or publisher (Edelweiss), free of charge, with the understanding that my intention is to read it and provide feedback in the form of an honest review. I am not compensated in any way in exchange for positive reviews, and I don’t let anything other than the book's contents affect my opinions and review.
It’s taken me WAY too long to gather up my courage and finally write this review. The thing is, Brom’s books are intense and deeply rich. They leave me thinking about them way after I’ve finished reading. The illustrations draw me back again and again, and each time I take a moment to look at one of them, I notice more and more that I didn’t see before. I am such a fan of multi-layered and, multi-layered writing, multi-talented creative people!
Friends, this book is dark (which should come as no surprise). I was just settling in for a certain kind of horror tale, when he went and, well, threw everything to hell! Things got crazy FAST, and I was left following Chet through one of the places I find the absolute scariest. Seriously, who doesn’t cringe in terror at the thought of purgatory?! And it was even more imaginative, diabolical, and painful than I could have imagined — which sounds just about right for a Brom novel. Tee-hee!
I have to admit that my favorite parts were the ones where we encountered these titular Lost Gods. And the illustrations were a wonderful accompaniment, helping me immerse into the story even further! It still amazes me how Brom can weave a story so full of fantasy and darkness, but still center it on characters who stubbornly maintain tenacity, optimism, and/or are just gluttons for punishment (haha!). Sheesh, I don’t even know if I’m making any sense here, but I hope I’m giving you an idea of the magnitude and scope of this novel. It is VAST, it is DARK, it is TERRIBLY WONDERFUL.