Sunday, December 11, 2016

As Cold As Thorns by Isis Sousa

As Cold As Thorns
by Isis Sousa

My rating: 4.5 stars

Publisher: Tragic Books (November 28, 2016)
Publication Date: November 28, 2016
ISBN: 1533467692
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Print Length: 348 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 
~ A tale for adults - with beautiful illustrations.~
When lust and vanity consume a humble young soul, nothing is left but a faint flame in the darkness of the void.
The solace and contentment of Henrique's simple life as a small-town tailor's apprentice vanish when his ambitions turn him overnight into one of the most powerful and influential personalities in early-1800s Europe. His quick ascension to the upper echelons of the leading Iberian Empire reveals a man torn between the pure heart he once was, and the grim shade of what he has now become: a spirit obsessed with expensive material possessions and the urge to acquire the unattainable.
Henrique succumbs to the ever-growing desires and beguiling passions tormenting his mind, causing a rupture between reason and a desolate world of ice and snow where pain is the key to salvation.
Will he survive his encounter with the colossal emptiness and find the righteous path to lead him out of his agony?
Come and indulge yourself in this startling tale of coldness and wonder.

  
As Cold As Thorns by Isis Sousa

As Cold As ThornsHenrique was a young and kind-hearted artist when it came to tailoring. His name quickly became synonymous with the most divine royal garments and whoever could gain his exclusive services would be the envy of all. Innocent and good, he could always be counted on for propriety and the highest of standards…until the day he saw her and she stole his heart, his soul and quite possibly his sanity.

The princess was breathtakingly beautiful and she was betrothed to another. It was their friendship that Henrique had and that was all. Driven by his jealousy, he perpetrates a most heinous crime, thinking he has saved his princess from a fate worse than death.
What he was to discover was that he had taken more from her than he could ever repay and his guilt drove him away, only to return half dead and changed. The man who was once a kind and sweet artist had become a sickly madman, a man whose fugue states could lead him to do unspeakable crimes without any memory, all with the prick of a lethal thorn. What has happened to Henrique? What has truly caused his split from reality? Can he be saved from himself?

Isis Sousa’s AS COLD AS THORNS is a dark and brooding tale of an unrequited love and the horrors it caused within the heart and mind of one man whose greatest gift had been the beauty he saw in the garments he designed and made for the pleasure of his employers. Isis Sousa embellishes each page with her words that are almost poetic in their cadence as she clothes her tale in darkness and pain. This is a starkly beautiful and heartbreaking tale of a man who became a monster when his heart and soul were crushed by loneliness and no material possession could satisfy his emptiness.

I received this copy from Isis Sousa in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Di, thank you so much for taking the time to read and review my story! I am so glad you enjoyed the reading! And thank you for the amazing review! :D

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