Monday, April 21, 2014

Blood Red Roses

Author: Russell James
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-61922-237-3
Genre: Horror
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 
Publication Date: 05-06-2014

There were two kinds of slaves before the Civil War, those who came from Africa and the poor people of other races. Jebediah Abernathy was orphaned by the war and then sold by family too poor to care for him.

Blood Red Roses highlights the emotional devastation of war suffered by the families of the soldiers killed. The plot also illustrates the deplorable treatment of slaves as well as poor white workers. Driven insane by their grief, the owners neglected the daily operations of the plantation. The only portion of the property that was maintained was the rose garden.

At the tender age of fourteen, Jebediah was sold to Beechwood as a stable boy because society dictated that white boys did not work in the fields. Jebediah was warned by the overseer to never venture out of the stables after dark. Shortly after the warning Jebediah, quite by accident saw what happened to the slave boys but he was defenseless to help them. Trapped by the lethal rituals of Beechwood, Jebediah came face to face with evil. 

Russell James has created an intriguing as well as an enjoyable American historical entwined with scary ceremonies emulating dark voodoo.  

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