This is the story of a drug deal gone bad.
Having committed the crime of selling a potent poison to a desperate youth, a destitute apothecary must decide how to spend his ill-gained fortune. Resolving to start his career afresh, he flees to the city of Verona to set up a new shop of medicinal healing and alchemical discovery.
Plans go awry when he finds himself in the middle of a woeful tragedy he had unwittingly helped to cause. Can his knowledge of nature's secrets and the inspiration of a fairy queen help restore the six lives lost? Will his exploits go undetected by a hellbent inquisitor and a noble assassin? Or was the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet only the beginning of Verona's doom?
This sick-minded sequel is both travesty and tribute to Shakespeare's classic play. New characters are introduced as old ones are reenvisioned in a madcap escapade of murder, magic, mystery, man eating, and malicious mayhem. No flesh is safe from the eerie evil hidden in the minds of men, not even the flesh of the dead....
©2013 Aaron Hollingsworth (P)2015 Aaron Hollingsworth
This was a particularly inventive and interesting fantasy. It was very, very, very dark. The Shakespearean setting was used to good effect. The narrator's performance contributed greatly to this atmosphere.
If you like a good adventure with heroes dashing to the rescue of fair maidens this is not the story for you. Heroes are in very short supply in the story and the one person who could be considered a hero is not a very sympathetic character.
What I like about Mr. Hollingsworth's writing is the originality. This is not a derivative story, it's not like anything else you've ever read.
The narrator did an exceptional job of setting the tone of the piece and maintaining it throughout the story.
I have been an avid reader and audio listener since I was a child. There will never be enough time for me to enjoy all the books available
I have not had the opportunity to read this book, but I found the audio version to portray an excellent story of the folly of man. Always fallible in all emotions and never learning from past mistakes and misdeeds.
I have always been a lover of the macabre and all of Shakespeare's work. I have recently been rereading several of Shakespeare's plays and have listened to this brilliant tale several times. I found that Mr. Hollingsworth is a true genius. He took a classic play and blended it with a bit of all the literary genres. He expertly incorporated the supernatural, a touch of the zombie craze, crime, mystery and fantasy to create a unique story that takes all of humanities desires and faults and twists and turns them throughout the book and ends it with a bang! Plus, Scott Richard Ehredt was the perfect narrator for the audio book. His rich tone and intonation gave each character a unique voice that enriched all aspects of this story. He used a mixture of the Old English dialect and added that with great portrayals of lunatics, madmen, creatures and even pious women.
I loved all the interactions between the apothecary and his crocodile. They brought all the aspects and intrigue of the book to light.
I thought the portrayal of Juliet was exquisite. When she discovered the truth of her situation and addressed it in a truly unexpected manner, really showed the strength of the author's imagination. Plus all the other macabre twists made this book a delight.
I was given this audio book by the author and Audiobook.Boom and was richly rewarded with a story that I still hear clearly, whereas most others just fade along side the thousands I have read. Thank you Mr. Hollingsworth. It was a true pleasure!
I guess I was expecting something else maybe. It just didn't resonate with me at all. It was hard to get through.
I should stick to horror I think, that's my go to.
Its not something I can really put my finger on. No part of the narration or book connected with me.
I don't think I would cut anything, I was just the wrong audience.
I was gifted this book by the author/publisher for an unbiased review. I didn't enjoy this book but I think it would be a good listen for those more into this kind of setting.
Oh god yes. The story is great, dark and man oh man did it have some great characters narrated by Scott Richard Ehredt.
It's hard to say one without giving the story away. Lets just say the outcome of the assassin.
Any of the villains but more importantly Ori, his reptilian like hissing sound send shivers the first time I heard it.
No good deed goes unpunished
At first I did not think this was going to be the story for me but man was it perfect. I want more of this author now and Scott Richard Ehredt did a fantastic job narrating that I want to hear more of his work. Thank you guys for such a great book.
"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom."
I would listen to this again, maybe right now as to be sure I caught all of the preposterous insanity. Full of known and new characters that are unbelievable and unbelievably good/bad, it is a tongue in cheek board's tale. Listen to this tale knowing you will never hear anything like it and disbelief suspended for maximum enjoyment. A truly unique plot and characters make this a story no one and everyone should hear.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
I was given a copy of this audio book free of charge so that I could listen and then provide my honest review. I found this book enjoyable to listen to and Scott Richard Ehredt's voice seemed to be the perfect narrator to carry us back to this shakespearean period in time. An original twist to the Romeo and Juliet classic. Credit worthy listen.
A good listen makes for an amazing day!
An enjoyable book with good narration. Highly recommended!
This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."
A fairly powerful reading and a story that made me smile and laugh loud enough to make it socially awkward in public places. Just by it and enjoy the ride. The bard should have had faith in reincarnation.
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