Terrifying creatures, unseen to all around him, have tormented Elisse since he was a little boy. These “night terrors” and the cruel life as a young Westerner in a refugee camp have left him isolated and alone. The only clue to his past is an old, tattered envelope with a picture of his father who mysteriously abandoned him at a monastery as a baby.
When Elisse flees India and journeys to New Orleans in search of his father and the truth of his troubled existence, he finds not only the answers to his extraordinary life, an ancestral secret with a grave responsibility, but also the one thing he most desires. A family—but of beasts.
Now, Elisse’s awakening gifts attract dark forces rooted in Louisiana magic, and he must do the unthinkable to protect everyone he loves. Will Elisse accept the burdens of his gifts and conquer darkness? Or will that same darkness consume him and destroy the love he so desperately longed for?
Mariana Palova’s award-winning debut novel, Nation of the Beasts: The Lord of the Sabbath, is an unforgettable journey of magic, heartache, and the unbreakable bonds that span this world and the other.
Praise for Nation of the Beasts
"Brims with action and mystery, delivering a rock-solid foundation for a series . . . A grand introduction to a magical world and indelible characters." - Kirkus Reviews
"A tale full of eeriness and horror . . . a haunting foray into the unknown" - Blue Ink Reviews
"Poetic and emotionally focused . . . A bewitching fantasy novel—both bold and exciting."- Foreword Reviews
Gold Winner in Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards.
Steel says that the wards aren’t holding like they used to. More and more vampires are slipping through the cracks, like the one that tried to kill me in the woods! He fears there will come a point where even the nightly patrols of his shifter order won’t be enough to keep the bloodsuckers imprisoned where they belong.
The stakes are high, but I never asked for any of this. If you look up HERO in the dictionary I guarantee you won’t find my picture there. I’m just smart enough to be terrified of my ineptitudes being responsible for the end of the human race. Do I really have it in me to be all Merliny? And what does it mean for the world if I don’t?
I don’t want to do this, but it’s not looking like I’ll have much of a choice.
My heart goes out to anyone who has ever experienced, or been close to a victim of rape. As such, I wanted to give advance warning that there is a rape scene in this story, and that it might understandably be too much for some to handle. I’d advise against reading this if the subject matter is to difficult to stomach.
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The ringmaster said, "What do you want from me old man? Can't you see I'm busy right now and don't have time to be messing around this place. This better not be a waste of my time. What is it you want to show me old man."
"Come here and I'll show you. I promise you won’t be disappointed,” said the excited old man.
The ringmaster followed the old man to his van to see what he was raving about. The old man opened the back door of the van and the old man said "What do you think?"
The ring master replied "looks like some wooden piece of furniture. You mean to tell me you interrupted my busy work schedule for this. I should have you thrown out of my circus right now."
The old man yelled, "Wait! Don't leave yet, you haven't seen what this wooden structure you call a piece of furniture is. Just bear with me for just another minute and I promise you won’t be disappointed."
"Well alright, make it snappy, I haven't got all day," said an angry ringmaster.
"Would you believe it if I told you this will be the best main attraction at your circus by far," said the old man.
"You've got to be kidding.” replied the ringmaster.
"First, get a couple strong men to help me get it out of the van and I will tell you all about it," exclaimed the old man.
"Look, if this is some kind of joke, you're going to be in a lot of trouble old man," said an angry ring master. The ringmaster got two of his strongest men Hector and Ugo to pull the heavy piece of wood structure out of the van." Ugo said, "Where do you want us to put it?" The ringmaster replied, "Bring it inside the tent behind you and we'll let the old man tell us why this piece of wood is going to be our main attraction this Halloween."
The old man said, "Okay, are you ready ringmaster?"
"I think I'm as ready as I'll ever be, you've only wasted about an hour of my time, what's a few more minutes," said a frustrated ringmaster.
The old man removed the cover from the wooden structure and said, "What do you think?"
The ringmaster laughed, "It's just a "guillotine," I was expecting something better than this. I think you need to leave so I can get back to work."
The old man being frustrated with the ringmaster said, "I'm sorry that you feel that I've wasted your time and I see you're upset at me, but let me tell you about why this "guillotine" will be the main attraction and money maker for your "Circus of Horrors." This is no ordinary guillotine. This guillotine is from the mid-evil times and is the only one of its kind in existence, which makes this a rare find and the fact that it’s been used at every famous execution. There's more."
"I'm listening old man," said the ringmaster with his arms folded together.
"With this guillotine you get your own executioner," said the old man.
"Where, I don't see any executioner," laughed the ringmaster.
"Oh, but you will. Could I have a word with you alone?" said the old man.
"Okay, Hector and Ugo, Come back in about twenty minutes?" replied the ringmaster.
"Okay, old man, we're alone let’s hear it," said the ringmaster with anger in his eyes.
The old man handed the ringmaster an envelope. "What's this?" said the ringmaster.
"Open the envelope and read what it says to me?" said the old man.
"Whoever says the incantation aloud as written in this letter word for word will receive an abundance of wealth. In order to receive an abundance of wealth, you must fulfill the Executioners demands. If not the executioner will have your head," said the old man.
The ringmaster said with an excited look on his face, "What do I got to lose, just my head," as he laughed out loud.
The old man said in a serious voice, "Go ahead and read the incantation and your life will be filled with riches beyond your wildest dreams."
Jack got in touch with Father Ryan who`s church is about a mile from where they live. Jack`s voice was really shook up, he could barely get the words out because it was his daughter who he loved so dearly, and felt hopeless to save her from what was possessing her body. As Jack was discussing his daughters problem to Father Ryan over the phone he reassured Jack he has seen this kind of behavior before and would do everything in his power to rid his daughter from the evilness she was possessing inside her body.
Father Ryan said "Let me get my things together that I will need to perform an exorcism and I will be over shortly."
"Thank you so much," replied Jack.
Father Ryan knew time was at hand and there was no time to waste because the possession described by Jack over the phone would be enough to kill Jack's daughter before the night set in. He grabbed his bible, holy water and placed them in his bag, then got in his car and sped down the road to Jack's house ready to rid the girl of her evil demons. He pulled into Jack`s driveway and gathered his things and knocked on Jack`s front door.
Jack opened the door and said "Please hurry! She is speaking a different language and throwing up some green vomit and levitating off the bed."
Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.
It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if handto- hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks.... This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.
But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price…