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Good Friday morning, beautiful people! It’s that time of week again when I introduce you to a new author, and today that author is Konn Lavery. Show him some love by following his blog, tweeting his tweets, and of course by purchasing his work. His genre is horror/paranormal and as always, links are to follow. Have a great weekend!
Writing has always been a fascination of mine since I was a kid and my long term goal is to be a full time fiction writer. When I was young, I was inspired to write after watching movies or playing video games because I wanted to create the same awe factor that the movies/games brought me. I was part home schooled in high school and found it gave me flexible time to spend on my hobbies, such as drawing and writing. One feature I enjoy about writing is the ability to share a story/moral with people and it can be delivered in varying narrative contexts such as board game creation, cartooning/storyboarding, comics and video games. I’ve always been a fan of mixing media to tell a story, which is why for Mental Damnation I included a lot of visuals through the glyphs and illustrations. Even though they are not key elements to the story they supply extra/different content for the readers.
Follow the footsteps of a young reptilian named Krista, whose people have been banished to the underworld by man. She and her friend, Darkwing, fight for survival as their society’s leaders are corrupted by an unnatural illness known as Mental Damnation. The fallen leaders take a bizarre interest in Krista’s innocence, attempting to infect her with the disease and take her to the nightmarish realm known as Dreadweave Pass.
Reviews From Amazon:
The brutal mood of the novel took me through an emotional turmoil right from the start.
It is a tale about a reptilian girl who lives in the underworld with her people, following her daily struggles along side her counterpart Darkwing. Their struggles include battling starvation and dealing with their peoples’ forceful laws. Eventually the two meet their people’s leaders who become corrupt and hunt Krista due to their madness.
Mental Damnation: Reality brings the reader into a unique landscape known as the Underworld which is strikingly similar to our own world, just with a more violent nature.
The reptilian race that inhabits it are very similar to humans in their complicated, violent and survival based instincts. The catastrophic steps in their history from the beginning as a peaceful race to an aggressive people was interesting and explained in good detail.
The main character Krista is immature and fights for her survival, she is even willing to do some questionable things to make it through the day. Konn Lavery easily sways the reader into sympathizing with the girl to understand deep down she is a good being with decent morals and just a lack of understanding her reality. The book has a very realistic approach in describing a young girls emotions.
The other characters throughout the story are sophisticated and likeable, even the villians such as Dievourse and Demontochai created a love/hate relationship with the reader through their thoughts and actions.
The art in the book is beautiful and I feel is original. The author’s writing was impelling and keeps you reading more intently as each chapter progresses.
I highly recommend this book to anymore who enjoys an intense, tragic story.
5 out of 5 starsGripping, edge of your seat thrills. A 5 star fantasy! By Sheri A. Wilkinson on March 28, 2015
Krista, a young Reptilian and her people have been banished to the Underworld by man. She and her friend Darkwing fight for survival. Their leaders are infected by an illness known as Mental Damnation. The fallen leaders, interested in Krista’s innocence attempt to infect her with the disease. They also want to take her to Dreadweave Pass, which pretty much is hell. Will Krista and Darkwing be able to fight them off and save themselves, or will they be doomed to dwell in a nightmarish realm.
A well written story. Krista is very likable. She is young innocent and just a likable person. I also liked her being a different species. Darkwing is likable as well. He seems to be the only one Krista can trust. They are both living in the grimmest situation in the underworld and both wish to find happiness and lead a somewhat normal life. There are fascinating and awesome drawings throughout the book, which really gives you the feel as if you are part of the story.
I highly recommend (to fantasy lovers) Mental Damnation: Reality and Mental Damnation Dream, which goes deeper into Krista.s story. I look forward to reading Mental Damnation Fusion to learn more about Krista.
By amber on June 10, 2015
whether you’re looking for a dark ride exploring the labyrinth of the psyche, or just looking for a good fantasy novel with relatable characters, this book will take you six layers deep.
I got a signed copy from the author at a convention and, within a day, had completely destroyed the first installment and found the next two online. My only complaint is that I now have to wait patiently for the next one!