Book Review · Fantasy/Paranormal/SciFi · Free Copy in Exchange for an Honest Review

Mestlven by Jesse Teller

A Tale from Perilisc

Genre: Dark Fantasy
Number of Pages: 330
Publication Date: April 15, 2017
Rating: 3-star-review out of 5
Themes: Insanity, Loss, Death, Revenge

*This book was kindly given for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

downloadMeredith Mestlven, otherwise known as Sob, has been abused, mistreated, and unloved throughout her childhood. As an adult, her mission is to return to her hometown of Sorrow Watch and to seek revenge on those who have scarred her for life.



This is a read that I have mixed feelings for.

Let’s start with the positives because there are definitely some. The author does a great job in portraying Meredith’s anguish and insanity throughout the piece. When she makes rash, harsh decisions, sometimes she is unable to handle it, and other times, she takes joy in them. Thus, creating a fairly complex character.

Another aspect the author did well with was capturing the dark fantasy aspect. This is not for the faint of heart. There are times, I cringed, gasped, and even closed my eyes. These scenes were ones where murder and/or torture happened. Then, there was a wizard, Saykobar, who used his magic to aid in the help of killing, which added nicely to the fantasy aspect.

The beginning was very captivating as the reader begins to understand the true horrors of Meredith’s life. However, toward the middle-end of the book was where my feelings became more jumbled.

On top of the fact that the killing became a bit redundant, some parts of the storyline confused me. I actually had to re-read the Amazon blurb to remember the goal of the story. The story is enveloped with murder after murder that perhaps this is the cause of the focus being lost takes hold. Being the main focus is Meredith’s revenge, I question another storyline – Mort’s story. This character is very religious in her dark religion, but her character didn’t really add much to the story, in general. Also, I became confused toward the end while the reader is in Meredith’s head. I understand that this character is insane, but if I’m confused, as the reader, then this brings my enjoyable down. In addition, there were also a number of secondary characters that were not very memorable, and added to the confusion.

As the story continued to wind down, I was left with so many questions about the characters. I have a prediction of what happened, but I can’t be sure. I’m not sure if this was on purpose to lead readers to the next story, but it left me unsettled.

Overall, the book was somewhat entertaining, but the plot needs more tweaking in order to make it a more focused story.

Maybe. To those who enjoy a gritty dark fantasy.

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