Corrupted Mortal Vessel by David Gosnell
It’s been quite some time since I last reviewed a book on the Tale. Eventually someone will read this note hopefully when I have filled in a number of years of reviews and other things that I haven’t been able to do.
But with that said, a review today of a book written by an amazing storyteller, a story which is vast in its reflections, characters and story. A work which, more than anything else, reminded me of a truth, a promise and the friendship always to be thankful for.
Legends, when seen in reality, are seldom as they appear to be. One cannot ignore their truths for within them are reflections of those that are held by the ones encountering them. But whichever truth matters, whatever result comes from the decisions made, you can really only control your own decisions, good, bad or something beyond one’s understanding.
- Title: Corrupted Mortal Vessel
- Author: David Gosnell
- Published By: Amazon Digital Services
- Length: 235 Pages
- Format: eBook
- ASIN: B08YDPHD1X
- Publishing Date: March 31, 2021
- This work in Kindle Format at Amazon.com
The work tells of:
As if demons weren’t bad enough, imagine one possessed by something even worse.
Being a corrupted mortal vessel in Lilith’s service, Jack has two jobs. The first is feeding Lilith’s children, the incubi and succubi — the fun job. The second is protecting them, something he doesn’t have to do often.
When a succubus goes missing, Jack is pulled into action, and his happy-go-lucky existence takes a turn for the serious. Thanks to a doomsday cult, the missing succubus is possessed by a nether god — a being neither of heaven or hell. It plans to consume all living things on Earth. Complicating his rescue mission are monster-killing mercenaries who consider Jack and his possessed succubus nothing more than bounties for the taking.
Caught in some poor decision making by others, Jack finds himself at the tender mercies of Lilith and is given a choice. That choice made for a distant promise, he now acts for Lilith and her children. But in being entwined in mind, body and soul, a threat to all appears to which Jack finds himself inescapably caught. No path is simple when powerful beings walk the Earth and the cost will be hard for all to bear.
There’s a lot of depth to be found in the characters here, Jack, being the core of the work is complex, but more so, he has a certain flavour of personality that drives the story onwards. Beyond that, Lilith’s appearance is far from stereotypical, as is all of the succubi and incubi within this work. There are shades of good and evil to be found, but never does a character feel like they are not being true to themselves at any point.
This is clearly also shown in the minor characters as well, which is a hallmark of this author’s writing. The plot evolves, never remaining static or lost. Characters pass in and out of encounters, but each has a meaning to the overall whole of the story and creates a climax to the work that is gripping and very satisfying.
The world building is complex, which allows for some unique moments to unfold amongst the characters. Events connect together well, there’s a point to the threads which when they converge bring about telling moments.
Perhaps the singular thing that I enjoyed the most was the glimpses of the relationships between the succubi and Lilith herself. Yes there is a certain viewpoint they have, but at no point are the characters stereotypical, something that this author has never allowed to creep into their works.
Five out of five pitchforks.
Amazing storytelling from start to finish, characters with personality, soul and depth who are engaging throughout. Plot threads that weave together delightfully into a satisfying read. The work closes on a point which offers an interesting possibility for further tales to be told and I dearly hope that appears.