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Posted June 27, 2012
If you appreciate truly excellent writing, definitely give this book a read. Be forewarned, though.. it is dark and twisty. It will take you places you don't expect, and then it'll do it again. Hang on to your hat, because it's a helluva ride.
I remember thinking, when I read the description, "Mmmm... this sounds yummy!" Man oh man, was I right about that! What a lovely treat to sink my teeth into. Yum.
I don't want to give spoilers, nor offer yet another description when that's already available. I just want to say that if your personal reading preferences mean you like a book with some meat to it now and then (because I like some easy, fluffy reading sometimes, too), then definitely do NOT pass this one up. Make some "Me Time" to curl up and dive headlong into Martuk's world, to sort through his thoughts and experiences, to ride with him on his journey. This is an author who knows how to take you cleanly out of this world, to captivate and hold you where he wants you, to make you hear, see, smell and feel everything as though you are literally right there. For example... In every dusty scene of this book, I was constantly sipping water, unable to get enough, because I was so completely *there*... and all that dust made me very thirsty.
I think I found a whopping two typos in the entire novel. Even with my penchant for long reading bouts, speedy reading and intense interest, it took me 3 days to read this book in my spare time... this is NOT a novella. What a joy to read such a cleanly edited book! What a pleasure to enjoy the skill and talent of this author!
Thank you, Jonathan Winn, for writing this book. I'm so glad I read it. It's an amazing story, and it's told beautifully. The depth of characters, of detail for surroundings and new scenes gave me a running movie in my head, stunningly directed. You have a gift with language that I truly appreciate.
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Posted October 12, 2013
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. When Martuk was a child, he was unknowingly cursed by a golden god with immortality. He has a gift of seeing through the veil, having visions, and seeing ones soul. His land is ruled by a sickly king and he is called to speak with him. After the king’s demise, Martuk is forced to drink from the golden cup, he’s supposed to die. He sees his ancestors reaching for him then… He finds himself alive! This is how his journey begins.
Although a little slow in some parts, Martuk… the Unholy is a pretty good read. It spans thousands of years, so it’s also a semi-historical horror story. The violent scenes were pretty graphic, so this novel certainly isn’t for the sensitive stomachs. But if you can get past that, this book has awesome “wow” moments. You connect with Martuk immediately and sympathize with his desire to die. I know lots of people in today’s society wish they could live forever. But this book looks at the harsh reality of it. You may garner fantastic riches but what’s the point of it all if you have no one to share it with? Definitely a great October read!
Posted June 25, 2013
Readers' first thoughts when they encounter Winn's debut novel, would be something along the lines of, "Where has this guy been hiding for so long??". Martuk...The Holy is a dark fantasy that is comprised of angels, demons, phantoms and beastly combat. It's a gripping, nail-biter of a tale that will lure readers in straight from the beginning, and won't release them until the frightening finish. The complex characters are unlike anything one has ever encountered within a full-length novel before, and although they do leave alot to the imagination, the author knew exactly what he was doing when he left us room for creative thought. With a fast-paced and engaging storyline, at times there may seem to be too much happening all at once, yet it's simple to ensue and absorb. Pay attention throughout, the reward is satisfying.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.