Friday, May 31, 2019

#Book #Review...Damned by the Ancients By Catherine Cavendish...A #Fivestar #Goodread


Vienna, 1908

Gabriele Ziegler is a young art student who becomes infatuated with charismatic archeologist Dr. Emeryk Quintillus. Only too late does she realize his true designs on her. He is obsessed with resurrecting Cleopatra and has retained the famed artist Gustav Klimt to render Gabriele as the Queen of the Nile, using ashes from Cleopatra’s mummy mixed with the paint. The result is a lifelike portrait emitting an aura of unholy evil . . .

Vienna, 2018

The Mortimer family has moved into Quintillus’s former home, Villa Dรผrnstein. In its basement they find an original Klimt masterpiece—a portrait of Cleopatra art scholars never knew existed. But that’s not all that resides within the villa’s vault. Nine-year-old Heidi Mortimer tells her parents that a strange man lives there. 

Quintillus’s desire to be with Cleopatra transcends death. His spirit will not rest until he has brought her back from the netherworld. Even if he has to sacrifice the soul of a child . . .

The Sexy Nerd ‘Revue’

2018, Present day, a young couple, Ryan and Yvonne move in the Villa Dรผrnstein. One would believe this haunted house was rid of its ghostly inhabitants would be sadly mistaken. When doors are bolted and walls sealed shut, usually it is for good reason. So when Yvonne hears scratching noises coming from the kitchen wall, what on earth could it be? Rats? A larger animal? Something else not of the living, perhaps? She brings her suspicions to her husband, who quickly dismisses her notions as merely a rodent problem and promises to have an exterminator come out and take a look. Hmm, how many times have we been down this road, readers? If you’ve been following this series as I have, we know the scratching noises can only mean one thing? Dr. Quintillus is rearing his ugly century old head again. 

However, in order to truly grasp what is happening at the Villa Dรผrnstein, the reader must go back a hundred years or more to figure out why Quintillus refuses to let this house go! His beloved Cleopatra is always within his sights, as well as his heart, finds a new soul he can use as his vessel to bring her back to this world—Heidi, Ryan and Yvonne’s little girl. But can this be true? It’s one thing for Quintillus to take adults’ souls, but would he even dare try one so small? Well, if you know anything about Quintillus, you know he will stop at nothing, and I do mean, nothing, to bring the love of his life, Cleopatra back in his arms. Ooh, but what Quintillus didn’t count on were other Egyptian Gods to come to the rescue, or were they apart of a bigger scheme as well? 

You’ll have to read to find out. As usual, Cavendish does a great job in bringing Egyptian mythology to life among the pages. This is really a great series! I love how each novel shows you a different perspective of the Villa Dรผrnstein and how other characters met Quintillus along the way bringing forth a colorful tale of horror. What a great read this will be for October or whenever! Well done!

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