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The Burden [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Lucas
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Book Description

For Marduc, the love that he had for his mother was the only he had ever known, but her execution at the hands of the French monarchy was more than he could bear. His desire for revenge propels him into a world of passion, madness, brutality, witchcraft, and a deal with the Devil soon regretted.

Desperate to avenge his mother's death, and betrayed by the women he comes to love, Marduc's life spirals into a destructive path that begins with the French Inquisition and culminates with the horror of the Salem witch trials.

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About the Author

S. D. Lucas grew up in Saskatchewan and Southern Ontario as the youngest of three children. He is currently living in Regina, where he received an honours degree in Psychology at the local university.

Product Details

  • File Size: 456 KB
  • Print Length: 414 pages
  • Publisher: Double Dragon eBooks (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000WE2LOM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,532,318 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, highly recommended January 3, 2003
Format:Paperback
I picked up this book after reading a synopsis of it on another site, and I'm glad I did. I couldn't put it down after I started reading it. The basic plot is this: a man, Marduc Rouen, escapes the Inquisition in 13th century France(where heretics and witches are burned alive), but must watch his mother and friends die at the hands of the French monarchy. Disillusioned and angered at God, he is given an opportunity by the Devil to punish those responsible for the mass killings. Unfortunately, this opportunity comes with a price. In exhange for his vengeance, Marduc must surrender his soul and is turned into a
witch, forced to kill and each the flesh of those around him. This book traces his plight to escape the Devil, keep his horrible secret from others, and come to terms with his sudden immortality, and his desire for flesh. It covers 4 centuries and concludes with the Salem Witch trials in America. To say the least, it was an exhausting read. There's hardly a moment when something isn't happening. The above synopsis is only a portion of the book. The plot is much more complex. It's filled with vivid imagery, historical facts mixed with fiction, and great characters. It's very well written (almost poetic at times) and
researched. I've never heard of the author before, but he (or she) has a way with building suspense. During many scenes of tension, the scene is brilliantly played out, with each nuance and movement brought to life, the suspense drawn out to the point that it's almost as if you're in the scene, watching it happen. Be warned though, it's extremely violent and graphic, but I highly recommend it to anyone who likes historical/gothic horror stories. I can't wait to read more of this person's work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars exhausting, brilliant, highly recommended December 19, 2002
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Format:Paperback
I picked up this book after reading a synopsis of it on another site, and I’m glad I did. I couldn’t put it down after I started reading it. The basic plot is this: a man, Marduc Rouen, escapes the Inquisition in 13th century France(where heretics and witches are burned alive), but must watch his mother and friends die at the hands of the French monarchy. Disillusioned and angered at God, he is given an opportunity by the Devil to punish those responsible for the mass killings. Unfortunately, this opportunity comes with a price. In exhange for his vengeance, Marduc must surrender his soul and is turned into a witch, forced to kill and each the flesh of those around him. This book traces his plight to escape the Devil, keep his horrible secret from others, and come to terms with his sudden immortality, and his desire for flesh. It covers 4 centuries and concludes with the Salem Witch trials in America. To say the least, it was an exhausting read. There’s hardly a moment when something isn’t happening. The above synopsis is only a portion of the book. The plot is much more complex. It’s filled with vivid imagery, historical facts mixed with fiction, and great characters. It’s very well written (almost poetic at times) and researched. I’ve never heard of the author before, but he (or she) has a way with building suspense. During many scenes of tension, the scene is brilliantly played out, with each nuance and movement brought to life, the suspense drawn out to the point that it’s almost as if you’re in the scene, watching it happen. Be warned though, it’s extremely violent and graphic, but I highly recommend it to anyone who likes historical/gothic horror stories. I can’t wait to read more of this person’s work.
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