A couple of days ago I posted the cover reveal for Eleanor, Johnny Worthen’s young adult novel with Jolly Fish Press. Here is my review of Johnny’s debut novel, Beatrysel, an occult thriller.
Summary: Unsatisfied with the ancient grimoires, the Magus made his own. Unsatisfied with the ancient demons, the Magus made Beatrysel. She was a creature of love, but there is no love without hate, no light without darkness, no loyalty without betrayal.
And demons covet flesh.
Beatrysel</em> is a terrifying journey through modern metaphysics, High Magic and ancient religions where secret dreams turn to nightmares when Will becomes Form.
What I liked: The pace of this book is intense. Worthen moves you seamlessly in and out of his characters’ psychological and physical worlds as they fight their inner demons along with Beatrysel’s love. The tension builds with each chapter, never losing momentum as the pieces fall in to play.
What I didn’t like: The text has small errors that should have been caught by the editor. Worthen’s writing is too good to be interrupted by missing punctuation or a missing article.
Who should read this: This is spooky and haunting. Anybody who loves thrillers, the occult, or mysteries would like this book. I’m typically a sci fi/fantasy gal, but I like mainstream horror and I loved this book. I gave it an honest five stars on Goodreads. Check it out!
Final Recommendation: Buy it