Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: Of Gods and Monsters: Komainu
SERIES: Of Gods and Monsters
AUTHOR: Wulf Francu Godgluck
LENGTH: 347 Pages
RELEASE DATE: August 9, 2017
His innocence was the fire that blighted the deepest dark, but even he can’t save the King from a past stained so black, the devil won’t even touch it.
Years creep up on you, like a rotting hand: cold and wet, it will drag you down into your grave.
Life will hand you eternity only to rip it away from you.
Love will slaughter you in the most beautiful way and still manage to nail you in the ass, bareback, when you see him choose the heart of another man.
But Death… He is a patient soul. He waits, and he waits, and he waits.
‘Cause the bastard knows he will always have the last laugh when he knocks at the door.
Memories were all I had, all I had clung to as my heart turned to stone and finally to dust.
Now he is mine and I will hold him, and I will kiss him. We will dance and we will laugh, and we will cry… We will be human together…
I did not know heaven until I knew him.
There is no greater power that can tear and rip your world apart as when their lips finally kiss yours again.
But being human comes at a fatal price.
Sometimes you have to let go of the hand you hold onto so tightly that it brought pain, because that is the only way you can save them from Death.
Why did she take them away, hand them back, then force me to choose?
Is love really that cruel, that she would enjoy tormenting you as you watch the two men you love with your whole heart, kill each other…?
And then, my worst fear, my deepest darkest nightmare became a living breathing thing.
Death had come to take from us what we could never replace.
Where do I even freaking start on this one? I went through a lot of emotions while reading this book. I loved it in places, but I utterly HATED it in others. I should have known when I saw that “Apology” page at the beginning of the book that simply read:
Dear Readers, please forgive me.
I’m just going to have to say it. I’ve debated how to review this book since it left me in a total funk the other day. I even ranted on our Love Bytes Reviewers closed group about it. I really didn’t like this book. There is some totally fucked up shit in this one. (And you know it must be true because I try never to curse in my reviews.) As much as I liked Hades, I disliked this one. Now, I’m not just going to say that and not explain, and trust me I’m not going to rate it based on the emotions it ripped from my body. I hate you right now Wulf, but I’ll get over it.
From the very first chapter where the members of Hades’ MC are being brutally executed in ways that include being sawed up ALIVE at the joints with a bone saw, and a member who is being boiled alive like a lobster, I was horrified. It takes a lot to horrify me, but you sir definitely managed it.
I loved the dynamics in the book between Hades and Kemono and their growing dependence on each other. The story went in the direction I had hoped, I was flying through the pages, and then I got to THAT part. I had to back up and re-read a couple pages. It couldn’t possibly have said what I thought it did. No one, not even Wulf Francu Godgluck, would do that to me. Would he?
Very strong emotions on this one. I’m going to rate it 4.0 stars. That rating on Love Bytes means I really liked it (I didn’t at all) and I recommend it. (I’m not sure I do.) So why am I rating it that high? I think the author did a great job with a very, very, very, very dark story. I don’t like where it went, but it certainly isn’t something I’ll forget any time soon. So, I’m rating it on the totally messed up and sick (not in a good way) story and the ability to instill such strong feelings in me.
I’m going to recommend it, but only to those of you who really enjoy a totally messed up, no happy ending, no romance type story. It is very dark and twisted. Oh, and you should read the other two books, Menoetius and Hades, first.
I’ll end with a quote from Dante:
Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.