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.
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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