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Beatrysel Paperback – September 12, 2013
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About the Author
Johnny Worthen is a lifetime student of the occult and supernatural. Raised in a secluded suburb of Salt Lake City, he gravitated to the more obscure paths of spiritual knowledge. He is a Freemason, twice Past Master of his Lodge, youngest ever at the time.
Johnny received a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a Classics minor before earning a Master’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Utah. He lived a year in Denmark and a decade in Oregon until the rain drove him back to the dry high deserts of Utah. He married his junior-prom date and together they have two sons.
After many varied and interesting careers, Johnny writes full time now.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is fast-paced and relentless. A drumbeat of terror moves through the world of violence and dark magick. The first chapter pulled me in to the realms behind our world. The last chapter left me thinking about the characters for days.
The novel hits home on many levels. Worthen plays on our desire for love, desire for power, desire for the unknown, and ultimately our desire for revenge against those who have harmed us in the name of love. Consider yourself warned. The lover protects the beloved.
Did I mention it's a love story?
One of the major themes of this novel is that the lover protects the beloved. Beatrysel is a demon created to be the personification of love and brought to this plane by Julian Cormac, a professor who has devoted himself to understanding the magick that underpins our universe. Demons, of course, have their own agendas and all the maturity of greedy children in a candy store. It's up to Julian to banish his beloved, his child and lover, and end B's reign of terror.
Of course, the story itself is nothing as straight forward as what I've described. Johnny keeps the reader guessing and on the edge of his seat as the story twists and turns. Bad things come to those who want to keep Julian on a cocktail of anti-psychotics and there's more than one puppet master. To say more would spoil the story.
The writing is quick-paced and snappy, with imagery that not only sings, but at times does the hokey-pokey off the page. Told in omniscient present tense with several major flashbacks, I have to admit it took me a couple of chapters to get into the rhythm of the story, but once you get in the head of the characters, you're hooked.
I loved the scene where Julian's sister discovers her husband and a skanky musician in the middle of a tryst. What happens next is outrageous, completely cathartic, and applause-worthy--something every woman secretly wishes she'd give in and do if ever in that situation.
I'm not even going to mention the creepy coffee beans. Let's just say it's going to be a long time before I can walk past that section of the grocery store again.
A raw, ragged, and convoluted read, it's not for the timid. You'll find yourself turning lights on and checking the locks at night.
Even as I cleanse my house with incense and holy water, I'm struck with the mastery in which this story was delivered. I've never actually read a novel where the premise was written in present tense third person before, and I must admit the style threw me for a loop at first. But once I got the hang of the delivery (about three chapters in), I realized it was brilliant. The pacing gave a sense of urgency to Julian's plight all the way to the last page.
The plot was terrifying in a way that only possession can be. Mr. Worthen obviously has a vast knowledge of the occult arts, and his descriptions of this secretive society could place even a novice into the sense of a practitioner's rites and rituals. This awareness of course adds an extra layer of fear to an already emotionally charged tale, leaving the reader jumping at every little bump in the night and questioning reality. So, grab a bag of chocolate, your favorite talisman (believe me, you're going to need it), and allow Julian to introduce you to his creation. She's beautiful, she's deadly, and her love for her maker knows no bounds. Don't speak her name, don't even think it. Forget you've ever heard of Beatrysel.
Angela Hartley-Author of Copper Descent