Book Review: The Samsaric by G.W. Lwin

Book Cover copyTitle: The Samsaric

Author: G.W. Lwin

Genre: Fantasy Horror

Age Group: Adult (18+)

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

The plague of 1918 A.D:
The mortal world is in a state of devastation.
A woman wakes up in an abandoned temple of Kali, the goddess of darkness, in an ancient city of Gaya.
She does not know where she is.
She does not remember the events leading to this.
She only hears a familiar voice of a tormented man who has haunted her dreams.
He tells her a story – of a time of souls and suffering, of immortality and gods, of life and death.
This, he says, is Mesopotamia.
THE SAMSARIC is a fantasy-horror novel based on ancient vampirism, history and mythology. Set in an era widely considered to be the cradle of civilization, it is a story of once-powerful mortal races and ancient gods and goddesses to excite and inspire.

 The Samsaric is an unique, well-crafted tale combining vampirism and horror along with history and mythology. It’s set in Mesopotamia, which is the number one reason why I wanted to read it. I love historical fiction, but all too often authors decide to write about Rome or Greece, and Mesopotamia hardly gets the attention it deserves.  Samsarics are immortal beings, vampires if you may although not entirely similar, and their goal is to make Inanna, now a mortal, immortal again.

I liked the characters. Druaga and Shuri often make some questionable decisions, but I felt like they really grew as the book progressed, and started making smarter decisions. It took a while for me to connect with Shuri, although I’m not sure why. The secondary characters were interesting too, and they all brought something unique to the table.

The plot was the best part of the book for me. Rich in details and with lots of history woven in, I devoured the book in one sitting. The world-building was excellent and at times, I actually felt like I was in Mesopotamia.

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