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The Island

By Johnny B. Truant & Sean Platt
The Island by Johnny B. Truant & Sean Platt digital book - Fable

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From the multiple best-selling author team that brought you Pattern Black and Burnout comes a brand new transcendent mindfuck of a fantasy novel.

 

Two powerful and fierce immortal gods are trapped on an island, endlessly pursuing a Sisyphean task that must be completed each day and is renewed each night. 

 

Enemies forced to work together, they sabotage each other, play tricks on each other, and murder each other, only to be resurrected the following day. Yet, despite the daily friction and violence, ultimately, they live in an uneasy balance. 

 

Until the day the stranger arrives. Then the balance tips, the pit collapses, and all hell breaks loose.

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“Please see the trigger warning at the end - but be forwarned that the the trigger warning may be a spoiler in some sense, but does not reveal the story really. I'm not even sure what genre this book really fits into - I received an advanced copy because I tend to like fantasy. But I would dare to say this is more than fantasy, but where does it fit exactly? I can't say for sure. An island, two immortal gods who are also mortal enemies. The same endless tasks of slaying demons and retrieving "unwanteds" and destroying them. A circular existence that has stretched on for all of time. Or has it? No man is an island unto himself - unless, that is, he becomes one. And thus begins one of the most intricately woven tales I have read in a while. A tale of two gods overlaid with the story of a ill-fated Princess and her prince, overlaid again with another reality altogether. Yet the three tales are intricately woven together, inseparable, clinging to each other, dependent on the other ones. But which is the true reality. Trauma, past mistakes, demons that haunt and can never really be dispatched. Running away, hiding, coping in ways that make sense. But in reality the only thing to be done is to face it all, to tear down the walls, dismiss the alternate realities and stories that make things more bearable. The only way forward is to march straight through the past, to shoulder the responsibility, to see for once the way things really are. Our mistakes, our decisions are rarely contained within our own realities. In fact everything we do in life effects another person, influences another's perceptions, truths, self-talk, decisions. We are never, have never been, self-contained islands unto our selves. We are never truly alone. And so the story of the stranger, and his lies, and his ability to bend perceptions, manipulate feelings and create bondage resonates with the human truth. For haven't we all fell victim? Haven't we all believed and invested ourselves in some way in the lies of the stranger because his lies flatter our ego, fill our needs, meet our unstated fears, fill that dark void, silence (even for a moment) our inner demons. But what happens when the stranger leaves and in his wake we are left with the damage? We are left with demons worse than before? How do we cope? This book......it's so much more than the surface level. It is so much deeper than it seems. It takes a minute to wade through it, but then it resonates, it reverberates against the inner conscience. We easily want to say we have never met the stranger. We want to stand in judgment and say we are better. We want to defend our choices and lay the blame outside. It is the nature of the human to do so. But.....the reality is we are not an island, and all realities based within ourselves, all defenses we build to shield ourselves, all stories we tell ourselves and others to make the truth less painful, the demons less real will crumble in on themselves. Because we all crave forgiveness, a clean slate, a way to start over and move forward. The trick is reaching that point before the world and people we love are lost or destroyed while we were busy playing at life on an island of our own making, being gods of our own world. Thanks for the review copy. I ordered a print copy to put beside The MIdnight Library. Trigger warning: This book deals with mental health issues, suicide and adultery. This may contain subject matter that is sensitive and hard for some to handle. This is the only thing about the official cover description of this book that somewhat bothered me. I think that there should be a warning. The general reader will pick up this book and think they are getting a book about a war between two gods trapped on an enchanted island prison only to find out it is very much NOT that at all and the subject matter is actually deals with is weighty, heavy, hard to swallow - but reality for far to many. I just reviewed The Island by Sean Platt & Johnny B. Truant. #TheIsland #NetGalley https://www.netgalley.com/book/278511/review/204965”

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