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The Feast of the Innocents by Colin Harker

Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Writing the Future We Need: LGBTQ+ Representation
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Debut
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Side Character MVP
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Prettiest Prose
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Wiliest Character
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Shadiest Character
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Villain
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Morally Gray Character
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Friendship
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Use of Tropes
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Funniest
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Wittiest Character
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Setting
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Book Cover & Cover Artist

In the spirit of Mary Shelley and Thomas Ligotti, a new novel that unites the charismatic, scheming villains and chilling atmosphere of classic Gothic horror with visceral, supernatural terrors and historical intrigue... Winter 1665. Cyrus flees England to escape the human monster who murdered his father, but the horrors of Laughlin Priory are as inescapable. Pursued by a mysterious killer from France — haunted by a one-eyed chimney sweeper with sinister motives and an insatiable curiosity — in the Priory, Cyrus learns some secrets are worse than death.

AdultHorrorHistorical FictionHorror/PsychologicalHorror/Supernatural and OccultMystery, Thriller, and Suspense/Supernatural and Paranormal


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📖 Decervelage

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Straightforward
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Descriptive
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: Did some research after reading
Cover: Matches the story well

The Feast of the Innocents is a marvelous and epic Gothic novel. It is atmospheric and accessible to modern readers, while also being a wonderful tribute to icons of the genre like Matthew Lewis and Horace Walpole.


📖 tkguthat

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Mostly clear
Characters: Some more thought out than others
Storytelling: Descriptive
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Adequately represents the story

FEAST is amazing - it revels is classic Gothic tropes, but is very modern. There are a lot of characters and the prose is wonderfully descriptive which may put off some readers more accustomed to modern, minimalist prose. But stick with it. The rewards are worth it!


📖 Soap

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Straightforward
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Descriptive
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Adequately represents the story

A real page turner. I usually have to do a bit of effort to get into the book, but in this case it was instant. I spent a whole week reading it from front to back. It plays out like a Baroque opera, but for horror instead of drama. Excellent, would definitely recommend


📖 chip

Worldbuilding: Piqued curiosity
Plot: Mostly clear
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Satisfying, fulfilling experience
Emotional Response: Engaging
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Adequately represents the story

Highly recommended


📖 Writingvampires

Worldbuilding: Piqued curiosity
Plot: Mostly clear
Characters: Some more thought out than others
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Satisfying, fulfilling experience
Emotional Response: Engaging
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Matches the story well

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