Teaser Tuesday 3/12/2013: “Bottled Abyss”

Another month, another free book from the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library!  This week it’s Bottled Abyss by Benjamin Kane Ethridge, in which a bottle containing the waters of the River Styx finds its way into mortal hands.  Needless to say, hilarity ensues.

Everything in his vision was shot-through with amethyst light. It made him sick to look at one thing too long, so his eyes darted around.

No, he’s not wearing rose-colored glasses. Not even close. I’m rather enjoying this book because it keeps surprising me; I was prepared for it to go in a particular direction and was planning to be annoyed with it for doing so, and was quite pleased when it veered off another way instead. Although it is being marketed as a horror novel, I would categorize it more as a fantasy in the vein of some of Neil Gaiman’s work, such as American Gods. But I will say no more. Spoilers!

And of course here’s this week’s teaser from The War of the Ravels!

They descended from the ridge on an old horse-track that cut straight down, crossing a wider road, probably once used by carts and wagons, that ran lengthwise along the slope towards the wide main thoroughfare. The trail ended in a grassy crescent that had probably served as browse for mounts; the vegetation was unevenly clipped close to the ground, just beginning to grow. Here in the basin the air smelled of wood and dust and churned earth, with no whiff of decay, and Mercy realized that without really thinking about it she’d been preparing herself for the stench of death to be drifting out of these shattered buildings.

Hmm, sounds like Mercy and company have finally reached the castle where Kihantroh has been hiding since the start of the book. Speaking of hilarity ensuing …

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