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The Black Fang Betrayal - A Collaborative Novel

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The Black Fang Betrayal
The Black Fang Betrayal, Image courtesy of J Thorn

The Black Fang Betrayal is a collaborative novel written by the following authors: TW Brown, Michaelbrent Collings, Mainak Dhar, J.C. Eggleton, Glynn James, Stephen Knight, David J. Moody, T.W. Piperbrook, J.R. Rain, J Thorn.

This unique approach was born on the 31st October 2013 by J Thorn, one of Amazon's top Horror authors. The book was officially published on the 1st September 2014.

His concept saw the birth of this dark fantasy which resulted in numerous authors joining a secret Facebook site where they nutted out the characters, plot and chilling warlock world. At the time of their collaboration, the authors had never met in person but they collaborated from various countries around the world. I still don't know who wrote which chapters. It's a mystery that I am sure they will reveal soon enough.

The Black Fang Betrayal is a gripping, dark, edgy and thrilling story of a coven of warlocks who are betrayed by one of their own.Levi Philips is the leader of the coven and when he is ready to die, he can choose to pass his powers on to a successor. However, he doesn't have any intention of doing so. Levi's apprentice, Matthew devises a plan to have the coven warlocks seek out the Florin of Abramelin. When all of the pieces are brought back together the holder will wield incredible powers. Matthew sends a letter and a tarot card to each coven warlock and that is when the darkness, bloodshed and mayhem begin.

The story follows one coven warlock after the other as they hunt their opponent and do battle to obtain the florin. I won't give the rest of the story away, but I will say that the various authors did a great job of pulling different styles together to create a cohesive work of fiction that was believable, sometimes scary, sometimes freaky but totally entertaining.
The ending hints that there could be a sequel.

I will be very keen to read more stories of the Black Fang Coven if the authors decide to collaborate again.

Personally, I enjoyed reading the chapter entitled 'The Emperor, The Story of Brad Kile', especially because this part of the book is located in Australia. I loved what Brad Kile did to Bob Coullette. Honestly, you have to read it to know what I am talking about. I can't say too much or it will give the good stuff away. My second favourite chapter was 'The High Priestess, The Story of Jean Vinet' because the powers that he used turned out to be a fate worse than death for him. It was quite cruel but delicious to read.

My third favourite chapter was 'The Devil, The Story of Jeremy Totters' which was about a warlock posing as an actor. When he meets his opponent, he is literally outwitted. This chapter was very cleverly constructed and I thoroughly enjoyed squirming with disgust as Jeremy Totters interacted with his nemesis, John Wesley.

The Black Fang Betrayal is a must read for any horror, thriller and dark fantasy genre lover!

If you want to know more about J Thorn, you can find him on Facebook or at his website. J Thorn and TW Brown also host the Horror Writers Podcast where they talk about writing and the horror genre.

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