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Crossing Mother’s Grave, Heretic Series, Book 2 (by Jake Elliot)


Author: Jake Elliot
Cover Artist: Dawné Dominique
Length: Plus-Novel
Genre/s: Dark Fantasy/Fantasy
Violence: 4
Heat: 2

eBook: 9781615727582

Print: 9781615727599


Heretic Series, Book 2

Popalia and her protectors may have escaped the Regulator’s fortress, but not without consequences. Tensions worsen within the priestess’s group. Despite her gangs reproach, stubborn Popalia is determined to recover the holy artifact from the thieves who’d stolen it.

Further along this stretch of road is one of the responsible thieves, and she hides within a merchant’s caravan less than a day ahead. By catching that thief, Popalia believes a bargain could be made for their lives, as well as secure the next link in recovering her church’s priceless relic.

Not far behind, and pursuing the outlaw priestess is Commandant Saviid Benning, who rages, “Damn her church, I want that priestess’s head – the crows can eat her remains.” The head-hunting party is closing in for the kill. Popalia is pinched between the hunters giving chase, and the fortress at Faradell Pass—gated, walled, and housing half a platoon of formidable soldiers.

Popalia’s group, hungry to split up and make the run for their lives, stumble upon the merchant’s caravan—looted and abandoned in the middle of the road. Out-running the blood-bounty behind them, and hoping for a miracle to get around the soldiers waiting atop the summit—preparing a reckless rescue mission wasn’t fitting anyone’s plans.

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3 Responses to Crossing Mother’s Grave, Heretic Series, Book 2 (by Jake Elliot)


    Trapped in the Dark!

    It is not often that a sequel out does the original. Often we get conned into reading a sequel because the first was so good – i.e. The Hunger Games, lets face it the first was way better than the second.

    That is not the case with Crossing Mother’s Grave. This installment actually out does the first (and not that the first was bad), it was not, but it required a large amount of set up to introduce the Characters, the Setting, and so on (typical of a Fantasy novel since the author has to introduce their new world). This one was not encumbered with set up, so instead we get action – and a lot of it.

    Elliot managed to take me back to my D&D days (I know, I’m a geek). I was reminded of those days drawing elaborate cave maps and setting up pitfalls and wicked monsters along the catacombs, only this book is more violent than I could have imagined as a teen.

    Set mostly in the dark, I could feel the claustrophobia setting in. Popalia and her companions escape possible death at Dead Rik’s and resume their hunt for the thief that stole a sacred artifact, only to find that their prey has been captured and taken underground by an Orc hunting party. Fleeing through vast caverns, they spend the entire novel in `Mother’s Grave’ with only torches to light their way and death around every corner.

    Elliot really sets the mood from the very beginning – and we may be at the beginning of a very long epic – having only scratched the surface – especially with what we find out at the end.

    Where the first book seemed to hold back on the violence and sexuality, this one opened it up. From bloody fight scenes to eating human flesh, Crossing Mother’s Grave delivers excitement – and most of all empathetic characters that both inspire and annoy.

    Great novel, Jake, your fans will not be disappointed! ~ Amazon Customer/Reviewer


    It’s a ledge, not a bridge!

    Crossing Mother’s Grave is Jake Elliot’s follow up to The Wrong Way Down. While The Wrong Way Down kept my interest and left me wanting to know more about where the character’s quest would lead them, Crossing Mother’s Grave was packed with even better storytelling and action. I enjoyed it immensely and look forward to reading more from Elliot as he continues to expand his catalog. ~ Denise Kawaii, Amazon Reviewer


    Kicks ass.

    I had the opportunity to meet the author in Vegas in November and he is one of the most down to earth people I have had the opportunity to meet. He said that he has more works in process so look for him. ~ cereal crusher, Amazon Reviewer

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