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D. H. Nevins earned a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Education from Brock University. As a teacher, she had spent years encouraging students to write before she decided to follow her own advice. Two years later, she published “Wormwood.” She lives in a rural part of Ontario full of forests and lakes, and incorporates her personal experiences and beautiful scenery into her works.

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5.0 su 5 stelle A "knock your socks off" debut novel! 12 aprile 2012
Di Kathleen - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I have a confession. Before reading Wormwood, I was not a huge fan of either post-apocalypse and/or angel storylines. But I heard so many wonderful things about this book that I had to put aside my previous likes and dislikes and give this one a go. And boy am I glad that I did! I cannot say enough about Wormwood. D.H. Nevins did a beautiful job setting up this story to feel like you are right there with Kali as the apocalypse is happening. She is a really strong, independent chick who was put in the middle of a horrible disaster. When she meets Tiamat, all Hell breaks loose. You really feel the fact that he is not completely human, in that he has been compelled to end the world as we know it. He is relentless in reaching this goal, even knowing how much it will devastate Kali. His motivations are not clear throughout, which I though just added to the mystery of the story. This is a sad book, but chock full of wonderful imagery, complex characters and a thrilling love story, to boot. What's not to like? I cannot wait to read the next book in this series (which D.H. Nevins tells me will be a trilogy).
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4.0 su 5 stelle An epic apocalyptic fantasy 12 maggio 2013
Di Jonathon Dyer - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Before I begin this review, and in the spirit of full disclosure, I would mention that while I have never met the author face to face (we live on opposite sides of the planet), I have nonetheless had occasion to exchange emails with Ms Nevins, via Goodreads, and have found her to be a charming and thoughtful correspondent. This review is based on the Kindle edition of her novel, Wormwood. I bought that copy through Amazon.com (for an unreasonably low 99c) and read it on my Kindle. Ms Nevins has not in any way tried to influence the content of this review (in spite of repeated unsubtle hints that I am open to bribery).

I've tried not to give too much away, but if you don’t even like to read the blurb on the back cover before launching into a book, I recommend you go read Wormwood, then come back and see it you agree with me.

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The burgeoning popularity of the apocalyptic fantasy is a fairly recent phenomenon. The end of the world might come in the form of a disease, a meteor, a disease brought to earth by a meteor, a global nuclear exchange, economic collapse, social collapse, economic and social collapse brought on by the majority of the population being turned into zombies (possibly the introduction of a meteor-borne disease), alien invasion, super-volcano, ancient Mayan prophesy, sentient technology, or vampires.

Wormwood takes a different path. A young hiking-guide leading a group of corporate-types on a team-building weekend, breaks away from the group for a hour’s respite, and stumbles upon a rather sullen, brooding, terribly good-looking you man at her favourite sunset-facing lookout, seemingly bearing the weight of the world on his shoulders. After a brief conversation, the young man thanks her for helping him come to terms with something that that he has no control or authority over but that he must do regardless.

Fast track to ten years later; Kali – our heroine – is hiking through the same national park when the world begins to erupt around her. As she makes for the higher ground of the lookout everything around her undulates, courses and plummets, the landscape convulsing. And as she reaches the summit, a familiar figure presides over the destruction; Tiamat, the young man with she met a decade before. The one contemplating the unpleasant task he must undertake.

While Ms Nevins story is at once an epic apocalyptic fantasy – one of biblical proportions – it is, at its heart, a small story about one woman trying to survive in a world literally turned upside down, while she tries to make sense of everything that has happened around her. Kali is intelligent and resourceful, but the task of merely staying alive would be insurmountable without the assistance of Tiamat. As Kali learns about what has happened to her world, she is torn between her being drawn to Tiamat and being repelled by the part he played – and continues to play – in the ongoing devastation.

There’s an almost Robinson Crusoe quality to Wormwood. The dramatis personae is relatively small, and much of the time Kali is alone, but in spite of her own self-doubts, it is in solitude that she repeatedly finds the strength of will and depth of character to push forward. The few others she meets are as often as not a danger to her, either directly or unintentionally. When other (usually much more powerful or capable) characters do help Kali, it’s because she allows them to.

Wormwood is also a romantic tale, a story of girl meets boy, boy turns out to be a supernatural being possessing extraordinary powers; difficulties ensue. I don’t mean to make light of this part of the story – on the contrary, in a story that requires a suspension of disbelief from the reader, the evolution of the relationship between Kali and Tiamat is perhaps the most natural and credible aspect of the story. Wormwood isn't a romance with apocalyptic window-dressing, nor is it an end of the world tale with a love-interest to break the monotony. Every aspect of the story works because it belongs there; the whole is greater than the sum of its narrative parts.

Ms Nevins has a wonderfully attuned sense of the authentic, both in dialogue and action. Standing back from Wormwood, it's a tall tale, drawing equally from religion, mythos and modern anxieties of imminent disaster. The view from inside, however reveals a seamless world imbued with prevailing sense of the real.
3.0 su 5 stelle Different but good! 25 febbraio 2013
Di CBR - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I’m truly happy I read this book because it’s completely out of my comfort zone. Normally I don’t like books that are post-apocalyptic because let’s face it, it’s all about doom and gloom. Real life provides enough of that which doesn’t make me want to read about it as well. But I was enticed through Laura Thomas and her blog ([...])…I couldn’t resist.

This book is well written and incredibly descriptive. I felt as though I was in this world created by D.H. Nevins. It’s a dark and scary place with perhaps, redemption in the distant future? I did have a couple of issues with the book. First, it was hard for me to truly believe there was a strong romantic pull between Kali and Tiamat. When Tiamat is sent to destroy earth (I’m talking about annihilation!) and robs Kali of her father, I couldn’t feel the angst that should have brought me to tears once she came to that realization. Instead there was a little push and pull between them and POOF; she’s in-love with him. Really?? The other issue I had was, a few of the chapters were slow-moving but once it did pick-up, I couldn’t put the book down.

There were moments I was frightened and horrified but I became entangled in Kali’s world wanting to know what would happen next. A few interesting characters that were absolutely scary were Richard and Merodach. I could only assume Richard to be the devil but I’m not entirely certain and Merodach is just a power-hungry half-breed with a mean streak. When I think Angels, I think some are good and bad but in this book, it didn’t leave me with too much hope that they’re even good at all. Maybe because they’re half human? While Tiamat and Nathaniel seem to possess some of that goodness we believe Angels to have, I still think it’s questionable.

When Tiamat gives himself up willingly and they shave his wings, I cried! I felt as though I was watching the execution and I was devastated. It was gruesome and heartbreaking. GAH!!! Why?? My little heart can only take so much!! But Tiamat returns later on? I’m a little confused on that bit because I’m not able to figure out if Kali is dead or he was given a 2nd chance? Maybe that’s part of the cliff-hanger? But the part that hit me right between the eyes was the revelation about Kali’s relationship with Richard!!

Once I was done with the book I was consumed by feelings of melancholy and was drained emotionally. This book is seriously intense and I’m glad I took the risk! :)

Looking forward to the sequel!
4.0 su 5 stelle An 'End of the World' you may wish didn't end 10 ottobre 2011
Di K. Egbert - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
I usually review metal CDs but this is too good an opportunity to pass up. Both my daughter and I love this first novel by a young professor of writing instruction, who, according to her bio, decided to put her story out there where she'd told all her students to put theirs. To be succinct, the narrator Kali Michaels meets a fellow while he is camping on a high rock in a Canadian national park and she is leading one of those 'back to nature' office field trip groups not far away. They develop something of a rapport, though she does not see him again for ten years. That day is the worst of her young life; out hiking once again, Kali watches the earth go mad around her. Climbing that same rock to escape the falling trees and the buckling ground, she meets again the man with the chiseled good looks and the serious brow; he, Tiamat by name, and 99 other half-angels are those causing the lava flows and the quakes. The End Times are here, and these Nephilim ('There were giants in the earth in those days,'and all that) have been instructed to take humankind off the planet by force. One flaw in the Creator's master plan, however, is that as half-humans, some of these Nephilim regret horrendously what they are doing and have done. A few others like the work a bit too much. Tiamat is one of the former, and to the little extent that he is capable he determines that he will help Kali survive ('She has a purpose,' he tells his fellow half-angels. Few believe him). The two become close but are parted again and again as circumstances rear up (survivors, 'seriously snotty half-angels' as my daughter put it, and of course the odd demon); our author here has read her classical history (she may have actually made it through Ovid's METAMORPHOSES, a trick which took me months!) and can write a narrative that will render you near to physically incapable of stopping the page turning. Yes, I didn't give this 5 stars because I have a few minor qualms. The Kali character often tells us what she is feeling as opposed to exhibiting these feelings straight out. In Ms. Nevins' defense, however, this may well be a planned flaw in the narrator as opposed to an unplanned flaw in the narration. Young people don't all express themselves like John Updike characters. This doesn't affect the hurtling plot at all. There is also a key bit of information which the reader doesn't learn until what may be a bit late ion the novel (sorry, no spoilers here). Again, though, no great matter. The key test to a 'live album' (anybody remember them?) is, do you wish you'd been there? The key test to a book is, do you get to the end of it and wish it were twice as long? Absolutely. Welcome a new horrormaster. Everybody else, get out of the way.
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5.0 su 5 stelle WORMWOOD 9 febbraio 2013
Di Anna Shumpert - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
First of all I must say I was not a fan of post-apocalyptic until I read this book and I loved it from the moment I opened it.Danielle did great with this book its just amazing. I could not put it down.Tiamat is one of the main characters and he seemed to frustrate me just as much as I think he does Kali. This book is action packed and alittle bit of love all mixed together. But in the end it all works as I hoped it would. This is a must read book for any parnormal book lover. I can't wait for the sequel to come out!!! I have gained a very sweet friend from reading this book and that friend is the actual author of this book D.H.Nevins. She is a great person and will go a long way with this book and any other book that she does!!

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