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In 19th century Scotland, surgeon Edgar Price has only days to live. He has become host to a revenant that will corrode both his body and soul. Edgar’s fatal mistake has not only doomed him, but also released six more of these malignant wraiths onto the world. In his remaining time, he has vowed to stop the revenants from claiming other victims.
His perilous travels lead him to the Witches’ Wood, a haven for a sisterhood of powerful enchantresses. There he meets Ainsley, a witch with a fiery spirit and strong distrust of outsiders. She too is racing against the clock to save her life and will go to any lengths to spare her lover Colleen from the grief of losing her. Despite their mutual dislike, Edgar and Ainsley find that the only way to traverse the twisted, otherworldly labyrinths that the revenants have created is to work together. Their mission becomes further complicated when Edgar begins to develop strong feelings for Fana, the guardian goddess of the Wood, in spite of Ainsley’s forbidding warnings to stay far away from her.
Horror and fantasy intermingle in this imagined continuation to the true story of the Burke and Hare murders.
"A.R. Meyering’s The Resurrectionist is a thriller firing on all cylinders. Lit by gaslights, haunted by the past and the long dead, the witchcraft, the protagonists, not to mention Scotland’s turn of the century setting, will delight readers. Part high Romance, part supernatural thriller, The Resurrectionist dives into a rabbit hole of magic and secrecy that will keep readers flipping pages long into the night." (Stephen Scott Whitaker, member of the National Book Critics Circle, author, and managing editor for The Broadkill Review)
"The raw beauty of The Resurrectionist is more than the intricate world of hidden magic Meyering builds, or the complex characters, both good and bad, so easy to bond to and commiserate with. It's the very real and frightening possibility that such chaos can come of a single decision made in anger by an individual. At its heart, The Resurrectionist is about the power of choice and consequence, and the very real horror one can inadvertently unleash upon the world. " (Lisa Gail Green, author of The Gallows House)
"The real-life story of the infamous body snatchers, Burke and Hare, is the inspiration for AR Meyering’s The Resurrectionist, a sophisticated, lush, and engaging fantasy novel. It offers the perfect touch of Gothic horror, along with thought-provoking ideas, an elegant use of fantasy, and well-drawn characters whose humanity is the perfect counterpoint to the evil of their adversaries." (Victoria Gilbert, author of the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series and the Mirror of Immortality series)
"Meyering's world fluctuates between Barker-esque scenes and Dostoyevskian guilt-complexes with such ease that one wonders whether the The Resurrectionist can function as a concise, thoughtful novel - but it does, and it's a bloody good time." (Walker Zupp, author of Martha)
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This book was fantastic!I could barely put it down! Due to a curse, Edgar has a day to live.As he travels to the not so nice part of town looking for a cure,he finds his thoughts and life changing.Alon,R Gron was a wonderful narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.'
- Jason Begly
This was an interesting take on historically factual people. It was really a sort of love story wrapped around horrific plotlines and details. At times I was entranced with the settings and story, at times I wondered if I would get through it before moving on to another book for a time. It was not that the book wasn't good. The writing was really good, the character interactions were really good as well... it just may not have been my kind of book. I got the audiobook to review and Alan R Gron was fantastic IMO. I am giving it 4* even with the mixed review because despite my indecision over the content, structurally and narratively this was a very good book.
I was given this book for free at my request for this honest review.