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Monsters lurk in dark places where shadows grow long. Evil prowls in quiet spaces where no one can hear your screams.

A late autumn hunt brings brothers Radu and Pavel face-to-face with an ancient evil. With no one to help them and nowhere to run, the brothers find that the prey they've been stalking is really a predator. And, they're the ones being hunted...

Fans of Bram Stoker and Anne Rice will love this terrifying novella about dark endings and terrible beginnings.

©2019 Rachel Ford (P)2019 Rachel Ford

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Excellent fantasy horror based on folklore

An End in Ice is a short novella that I wish could have been much longer - not because the story leaves anything uncertain, it is a complete story, but because I so want to hear more of Radu's (sp?) journey. Rachel Ford's writing in this book is excellent. Apart from a few moments of exposition at the very beginning, every line seems to be purposefully crafted and considered. No time and no words are wasted here. The story is written in a particular style to make it feel old, using archaic words and sometimes using word order that was used in the past but is only rarely used now. Far from feeling like an impediment to enjoying the story like I had feared, it added hugely to the atmosphere of the world Ford created. Radu (sp?) is a character the reader can really empathise with. Told from his perspective, the narrative weaves around his unreliable memory to form a cohesive and compelling story. This is a fantasy story with horror elements, mostly at the start. From the chilling introduction of the monster, drawing on traditional Romanian folklore instead of more modern interpretations, the story transitions into a more subtle, existential kind of horror that I think was extremely well written. I also loved Joshua Quillin's performance of the story. He never attempted to be overdramatic and kept a good pace, not afraid to speed up where necessary or to let something sit for a moment to sink in. The character voices were distinct and fit the setting well. Quillin really acted out the dialogue in this book, especially Radu's speech, making the listener really feel the speaker's emotions.

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Fun short story

I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review. Narration 8/10 The narration is good, except for the fact that the narrator speaks really slow. It can get annoying at some fast paced parts of the book. Fortunately the issue is easily solved by speeding up the narration speed via the app (a x1.2 speed will bring it to about a normal reading pace) Story 7.5/10 It was a fun short story which I read after I was done with a big novel to take a break before my next lengthy book and I listened to it in one go. The story starts with the hero being attacked by a vampire while he's out hunting with his brother and goes on from there (I won't mention anything else because the story is so short I'd end up spoiling everything that happens). It's fun to read and keeps your interest for as long as it lasts. Overall it was a fun read, would suggest for YA ages and above as a swift one go listen.

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great

what a great short story, well written and narrated. I loved that it's written from the characters thoughts and views xxx

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fantastic I loved it

I loved this book it reminded me of the vampire chronicals hope to see more

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loved it!

I absolutely loved this story! It was brought to life quite well by Joshua Quillin! i highly recommend it

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An overall fabulous listening experience.

An End In Ice is only the second book by Rachel Ford I have read and was surprised at how different the style and topic is was to the previous one I read. This is an open ended short story that leaves you able to imagine how things develop from there. It is strangely moving and poignant and I really enjoyed it. It follows the life of the youth Radu, a simple village boy, who out hunting with his brother is attacked by a vampire. His brother is killed, but he awakes the next morning seemingly unharmed. He returns to his village, but the villages see a change in him and want to kill him. His mother warns him and sends him away, which is when he finally realises that he has been turned. From now on the reader follows his struggle coming to terms with his changes and powers gained and his way of dealing with this new life. Unlike other vampire novels the story doesn’t focus on the terror and menace vampire Radu unleashes, but on the learning process he undergoes and his struggles with his new form and finally as the years pass his loneliness and desire to go home to see his mother. I have one small critic, which is: where has the vampire who sired him has gone and why Radu didn’t set out to find him, either to revenge his brother and his fate or to learn how to live in this un-dead form. The narrator Johsua Quillin is great, he is very clear and concise and reads at a relaxed, but not too slow pace. Johsua has a pleasant, calm voice and a nice neutral English accent. I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review of my own opinion of it.

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Good Short Listen.

I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review. A great short story, a different take on a vampire tale. The narrator brought the characters to life and really gripped my attention in the way he narrated the story overall. This audiobook was better than I expected in such a short listen, definitely will recommend brilliant work by author and narrator both.

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Thought provoking

This story is the telling of a tale of a young man whose life is forever changed after an encounter which takes the life of his brother and changes how the world looks at him. It isn't long; but it grips you throughout as you wonder what next will happen to the young man. The narration is good. This book was provided free of charge with the understanding that an honest review would be given.

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  • Catrina P
  • 15-11-19

An End in Ice

I went into this book only seeing the title, cover, and author. I had no idea what the story would be about and I was truly entertained. Rachel Ford really packed a punch in this short story. I felt for the characters and was even surprised at how it ended. Joshua Quillin did a great job with expressing the emotions. He kept a great pace, and the story flowed. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Patricia Terry
  • 04-12-19

Short but marvelous

I am always thrilled when someone can come up with a fresh perspective on a vampire tale instead of rehashing what's already out there. I found this character's tale very interesting. An excellent work. I received a free review copy of this audio book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

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  • Kevin Potter
  • 17-02-20

Am interesting, character-driven vampire tale.

This is a strongly character-driven vampire story in what appears to be a roughly Renaissance period. Certain elements of it were strongly reminiscent of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, though naturally with far less depth. This was my first exposure to Joshua Quill in, and his audio narration is fairly solid. His timbre works well with the story, though I would have enjoyed more variation in his voices. His vocal inflections, however, were skillful, and his tempo shifts throughout the text were managed well. Although there are a few indicators, I was left largely unsure of the exact time period this story takes place in. Certain atmospheric elements combined with the level of available technology (or lack thereof) points to a likely late medieval or early Renaissance period, however. Now, as a shorter tale there was naturally only so much depth that could be achieved. But with that being said, there's some solid character development for the main character, though there's little for any other character. This is a fast paced story, and did feel just the tiniest bit rushed, but overall things fall together nicely. Most of my complaints are a matter of personal taste, and therefore are not reflected in my star rating. I'm personally not a fan of this particular vampire mythology. Certain vampiric abilities the author chose to use just don't make sense to me and no effort is made to explain them. Also, I've never been fond of the idea that a person bitten becomes one. It makes far more sense to me that the turning of a new vampire would have to be a very deliberate act and there's nothing of that here. I enjoyed the ending, and if there's any more to this story I'd definitely read it.

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  • Treasured2005
  • 05-02-20

Refreshing point of view on a well told tale

I love that this is a new take on a old tale. I have never heard a vampire turning in such an interesting way. Narrator did a great job!

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  • Margaret
  • 30-11-19

Jane Austin meets Anne Rice

This is the eighth book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would listen to another. Great. Very reminiscent of Jane Austin era style writing with Anne Rice content. Not like her other books I’ve listened to (each series is so different on its own). It’s nice when an author has such varied talent. The publisher’s summary is good. It’s the story of Radu. This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Joshua Quillin ) and I would listen to another. He was a good match to this style of book. Voice of Radu was pretty whiny though (esp. when he was calling for his brother), I was cringing hoping the whole book would not be like that. Thankfully, it wasn’t. There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review. Please feel free to comment on whether you found my review helpful.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-11-19

excellent

I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review. I totally enjoyed reading this book. It’s well written and the characters were fantastic. I would suggest this book to my friends that like this sort of genera. this was a good book.

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  • Zaqueo Velez
  • 12-11-19

I enjoyed this supernatural tale!

I recieved a free review copy of this book and I am voluntarily leaving a rewiew. I enjoyed this book. it was well written and narrated. It's not what I expected but it kept my interest. kinda felt like I was sitting around a camp fire hearing ghost stories. I look forward to reading more from this author.

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  • Denice
  • 10-11-19

TIME FLIES WHEN YOU’RE THE UNDEAD

A narration of the beginnings of a vampire and how he fought to not become a monster. The book was almost a rambling string of events. It wasn’t captivating and could have been a bit more interesting. The narration kept the book flowing throughout the events. Intonations were great and helped the book go smoothly. I received this book for free and am giving my honest and voluntary review.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-07-20

very much of HG Wells feel for transition tale

felt like I had pulled out one of my old Analog Science Fiction magazine. complete to the slow measured pace of the narrator. A man transition to a monstrous creature and back again. if you like those type of tales, you will like this one.

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  • stlblue1
  • 09-05-20

Excellent

Seldom does a book like this one come along. Narration is absolutely perfect and the story is fresh and haunting. I cannot recommend it enough.