‘The Hollow Gods’ by A.J. Vrana | Book Review

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The Hollow Gods is A.J. Vrana’s debut contemporary fantasy. It highlights three perspectives: Kai, Miya, and Mason, as they weave through the web of Black Hollow. They also fight their inner demons while running from dark secrets.

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‘The Hollow Gods’ Book Information

The Hollow Gods by A.J. Vrana
Series: The Chaos Cycle Duology (Book 1)
Publisher: Parliament House Press
Genre: NA Contemporary Fantasy
Release Date: July 28, 2020

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Synopsis

Black Hollow is a town with a dark secret.

For centuries, residents have foretold the return of the Dreamwalker—an ominous figure from local folklore said to lure young women into the woods and possess them. Yet the boundary between fact and fable is blurred by a troubling statistic: occasionally, women do go missing. And after they return, they almost always end up dead.

When Kai wakes up next to the lifeless body of a recently missing girl, his memory blank, he struggles to clear his already threadbare conscience.

Miya, a floundering university student, experiences signs that she may be the Dreamwalker’s next victim. Can she trust Kai as their paths collide, or does he herald her demise?

And after losing a young patient, crestfallen oncologist, Mason, embarks on a quest to debunk the town’s superstitions, only to find his sanity tested.

A maelstrom of ancient grudges, forgotten traumas, and deadly secrets loom in the foggy forests of Black Hollow. Can three unlikely heroes put aside their fears and unite to confront a centuries-old evil? Will they uncover the truth behind the fable, or will the cycle repeat?

The Hollow Gods: Author Information

AJ Vrana

A. J. Vrana is a Serbian-Canadian academic and writer from Toronto, Canada. She lives with her two rescue cats, Moonstone and Peanut Butter, who nest in her window-side bookshelf and cast judgmental stares at nearby pigeons. Her doctoral research examines the supernatural in modern Japanese and former-Yugoslavian literature and its relationship to violence. When not toiling away at caffeine-fueled, scholarly pursuits, she enjoys jewelry-making, cupcakes, and concocting dark tales to unleash upon the world. Her published works include The Chaos Cycle Duology: The Hollow Gods (2020) and The Echoed Realm (2021)  from The Parliament House Press, and a short supernatural horror story, These Silent Walls (2020), printed in Three Crows Magazine.

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My Review

**I received The Hollow Gods through MTMC Tours, in exchange for an honest review.**

The Hollow Gods is such an amazing debut from A.J. Vrana! I was immediately drawn in to Black Hollow and its characters. Additionally, Kai, Miya and Mason are truly people grappling with dilemmas of their past. I appreciated that this novel is written in multiple viewpoints. It brings out each person’s struggle in their journey. What I most enjoyed that our three travelers weave into each others’ lives. While they come from separate paths, they find ways to work together among the dark environment.

I really loved the world A.J. Vrana gives us! Black Hollow is ominous and thrilling. Our three characters travel through a land ruled by its dark story. It’s a place that intrigued me until the very end!

I recommend The Hollow Gods for those searching for dark, urban fantasy. Black Hollow and its travelers will keep you turning pages!

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