The Samsaric by G.W. Lwin
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SAMSARA: The cycle of birth, death and rebirth within the realms of existence ... The plague of 1918 A.D. The mortal world is in a state of devastation. A woman wakes up in an abandoned temple of Kali, the goddess of darkness, in the ancient city of Gaya. She does not know where she is. She does not remember the events leading to this. She only hears the familiar voice of a tormented man who has haunted in her dreams. He tells her a story - of a time of souls and suffering, of immortality and gods, of life and death. This, he says, is Mesopotamia. The SAMSARIC is a fast-paced fantasy-horror novel full of history, horror and vampirism from an ancient era.
3 out of 5 (good)
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I was really pleased to be reviewing this book. The blurb was everything I enjoy rolled into one. Unfortunately, it didn't work for me. I'm sure it could have done, but it seemed to meander just a little too much from the point. I know it was horror and so being an avid reader of horror I thought ok great. Majority of horror stories seem to have a real explainable reason for the horror. This felt just because they could.
The only reason I gave the book three stars as opposed to the two I felt like giving, was because I felt it really had some possibility of being a damned good story. The history, rebirth, and hunt so could have worked with a bit less gratuitous, let's see how much more we can shock style horror, but it was so off-putting because you lose what really could be a fantastic story.
The character I found most likeable was Sumur as he has genuine feeling.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
I love anything that comprises the old and the ancient full of rich history and spirituality. For me, reading and learning from our ancient past is truly a beautiful, unique and intriguing journey. From a young age, I have felt that there were two versions of me: the old spiritual one and a young soul who still lives in his fantasy world. However, both of these versions share one commonality - my interest in vampires from ancient mythology and beliefs. I was mesmerised by their folklore since young. The need to express is very strong within me. Writing, for me, provides this gateway and helps me to grow as a person. It is a life-long learning path that I gladly embark. As a writer, I would like to improve each and every stage of writing, to possess the art of crafting words to communicate the emotions that arise from within to the readers ... a vision shared by many authors.