Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Review & giveaway: Unholy Testament: The Beginnings by Carole Gill

Gothic Romance/ Paranormal
Title: Unholy Testament – The Beginnings
Author: Carole Gill
published by Tudor Rose Press

Date Published: November 4, 2012


The day Eco first laid eyes on Rose Baines was the day she discovered (The House on
Blackstone Moor) her family’s savage butchery at the hands of her mad, incestuous father.

“I saw you leave the house that day, Rose, that terrible day you discovered your family
butchered. I saw you…”

Eco realizing he has fallen in love with her pens a confession documenting all of his sins
committed in the course of his immortal existence. The one request is that Rose reads his

Rose, having become his captive, is forced to read this unholy testament of his.

From Ancient Egyptian vampire cults to Roman vampire brothels to The Dark Ages, The
Crusades, The Black Death of 1348 to his meeting with child murderer and Satanist, Gilles de
Rais, concluding with his wicked affair with the Blood Countess herself, Erzebat Bathory.

Eco is, if nothing else, frankly and brutally honest. The pages are filled with debauchery and
vice and murder--yet, there is also love or what Eco swears is love.

The story is continued in Unholy Testament – Full Circle, to be released in early 2013.

My Review: 

I loved reading The House on Blackstone Moor, so I was thrilled to be a part of the tour for it's sequel Unholy Testament - The Beginnings.  

This series is amazing Gothic style writing.  I really enjoyed this continuation of the story.  In this book we read Eco's sordid history.  It was really enjoyable reading Eco's encounters with historical figures such as Erzebat Bathory.  I love how Ms. Gill tied all of this dark history in.  

The story isn't fast paced, but it moves along quickly enough for the style and is interesting enough to keep the reader fully engrossed.

It was great to get some insight into Eco, and in the end I'm still not sure whether I love him, hate him, or love to hate him.  The book ends with a cliffhanger, but the next book in the series is due out early this year.  I will be waiting!  

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Carole Gill

Author Bio
I wrote my first story at age 8. It was sci-fi but as both my parents were sci-fi fanatics it
wasn’t a surprise.

I continued to write however life got in the way as it often does, and it wasn’t until 2000 that
I turned back to writing. I joined a local writer’s workshop and was greatly encouraged to
keep up with my writing and to send things out.

Shortly afterwards, I was selected by Northwest Playwrights of England for further
development but found I preferred fiction writing.

Widely published in horror and sci-fi anthologies, The House on Blackstone Moor is my first
novel. It is a tale of vampirism, madness, obsession and devil worship.

Set in 19th Century Yorkshire, its locales include Victorian madhouses as well as barren,
wind-swept Yorkshire moors. The story is a marriage of horror and gothic romance. I think it
can best be described as being gothic paranormal romantic horror.

I suppose you could say I want to put the Goth back into Gothic.

Living in the area the novel is set in, was very beneficial. Also, as a great admirer of the
Brontes and frequent visitor to the Bronte Parsonage in Haworth, I found myself nearly
obsessed with recreating the gothic romantic narrative.

Having been employed in a hospital which had been historically a workhouse and
asylum in Victorian times, I was able to add great realism to the depiction of the asylums
as described in my novel.

The next in the series, Unholy Testament – Full Circle is the continuation of Eco’s
confession. It will be released in 2013.

Book 4 in the series follows that.

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Anonymous said...

thanks so much Jennifer.
I am delighted you liked it.
The next is indeed out soon!

Aly C. said...

Thank you so much for sharing! =]

Stephanie @ Bookfever said...

Thanks for the chance!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway :D

Unknown said...

Thanks so much! Appreciate the chance to win!

Lesley D said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

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