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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Review of Syroia

Cheyenne Mitchell
Author House July 2011
ISBN 9781463415785
   Syroria is the story of Arquito Desmunde, a man who is being pursued and haunted by a deceased relative. Little does Quito, as his family calls him, know; but the person haunting him is not the person he thinks. As our story progresses, Quito begins to do some unspeakable and heinous crimes because he is being forced from beyond in a manner he has no control over. Throughout the story, the crimes heighten in severity until Quito is unable to live with the results any longer. His beloved sister, Lucy, finally confronts him. He eventually tells her his problem and together they seek out the help of a local woman who is into the occult.
   This is a dark and gruesome tale of witchcraft and the dark side. It is the story of the Desmunde family and the many secrets that have been with them for years. The story is told through the eyes of Quito and brings to light the mystery, intrigue, and horrors that surround the family. The story starts out very slowly with an indepth description of family members and their relationship to one another. I really had a problem getting through that first chapter. The story in and of itself is quite good; but it dragged a bit too much for my taste. Every time Quito introduced another person into the storyline, there was always a description of their hair, eyes, and build. If it was a woman, she was always beautiful. There were some parts I found a bit redundant.
   The story takes place in the town of Syroia, named after the great great grandmother of the same name. The murders of hundreds and hundreds of towns people have been going on for years; but the killings have never been solved because there was never any proof. The difficulty in solving the murders is because they were not committed by a normal human being. They are perpetrated by a supernatural force. If you are into dark magic and  supernatural thrillers, this is the book for you. If you are looking for a crime novel, this is not what this is. It is not for the faint of heart. The descriptions of crime scenes are quite gruesome.
   I wish to thank the author for providing me with a copy of the book for reading and reviewing purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. I was not compensated in anyway except for receiving the book to review.
I give Syroia 3.5 out of 5 stars

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