Debut, paranormal, horror, thriller author Samantha Weiss introduces us to her first novel in the Altered Planes series, “Cynosura 99”:
“The night the moon bleeds is the night the world will end. There’s death in the moon. And the moon is you.”
Atra Hart has spent the last seven years locked away in Vanishing Plains Psychiatric Hospital. In that time, her shadow has transformed into its own entity and is growing stronger by the day, threatening to devour her mind. She calls that shadow Dread, and only her missing father knows what it is.
When a fire breaks out at the asylum, Atra makes her way to freedom just in time to see an electric-purple rift sunder the sky. Like Dread, the rift is only visible to her.
Atra’s already loose grip on reality unravels when she learns the rift is a gateway to the world of the dead. And the Queen, an ancient evil lurking on its fringes, wants Dread for her own.
Even worse, Atra can’t tell if any of this is really happening. She might have escaped one asylum, but the closer she gets to unearthing answers about Dread, why her father knows it’s there, and its role in the Queen’s plans, the more she risks getting trapped inside her own mind forever.
Maybe some truths are meant to stay buried.
This story unfolds from multiple points of view and the intersections appear slowly, that is what creates such a rich and perilously dark story.
Atra's struggle with Dread and those who are trying to control her will keep you on the edge of your Kindle! I know I was on the edge of mine!
The rich prose and full-bodied characters really bring the story to life.
Though she says little I am certain the Queen thinks she is the story's star. She scares me right out of my socks!
Get this book, you will love the chills!
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