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In the streets of the sukh, Daniel Vehmund moves among snake charmers and dagger jugglers. Wanted for murder, he travels the world, lured on by a brilliant diamond and a curse, caught in the sway of every full moon...On a Mediterranean seacoast a death ship washes ashore, and the tide takes it out again, cleaned of its bloody cargo...In the frozen West, a woman, trapped inIn the streets of the sukh, Daniel Vehmund moves among snake charmers and dagger jugglers. Wanted for murder, he travels the world, lured on by a brilliant diamond and a curse, caught in the sway of every full moon...On a Mediterranean seacoast a death ship washes ashore, and the tide takes it out again, cleaned of its bloody cargo...In the frozen West, a woman, trapped in a loveless marriage, receives a rare diamond from her husband. It has a flaw in its center that looks almost like a wolf.Unknowingly, she awaits the beast, and will be drawn to him as he is drawn to her. Until a deadly sliver of meteorite in the snow sets them both free...In the snow-covered forest the beast lifts his heavy head. He kills and is unkillable. He is beautiful and horrific. He is the fear and the power, the envy and the magic and the desire. And he has come home to claim his place at last......

Title : Heart-Beast
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ISBN : 9780440214557
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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Heart-Beast Reviews

  • Chris
    2019-05-31 06:00

    Heart Beast is a werewolf version of Wuthering Heightswith a shade of Gormenghast thrown in for good measure. It is not quite as good as it's influences, but it is good. The major flaw is that the female lead at times seems to be more of a symbol than a woman, though perhaps Lee does this to show aspects of the men's characters.

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2019-05-24 09:50

    3.5 starsIt's hard to categorize this one - it starts as complete fantasy, then delves into a horror-fantasy type, then seems like it's edging towards a little romance before quickly running from any love interest again. Whatever hintings it seemed to take in that department fall apart swiftly, as this is not a romantic book in any form. The storys pace is slow at first, unfurling at an unrushed pace. It is not a book which is high in action or suspense, yet much happens within the pages anyway. You could almost imagine a haunted orchestra playing in the background while reading this one, but rest assured it not melodramatic or emo in any way.The writing style stands out as nearly gothic, beautifully poetic, with the writing approach of telling it from a characters point of view, but staying distant from them at the same time. Neither the hero nor the heroine are likeable in the story. Their relationship was mesmerizing, however, and ended strangely with bizarre imagery and almost peacefully. I'm not sure yet what I think of the very end, as I did end up liking Daniel more than Laura. As odd as that sounds considering who the beast of the story is and how the legend surrounds him, Laura was unlikeable from the start to me and I couldn't sympathize with her. She seemed to be left haunted and in the cold but it is no matter since she herself can't really seem to feel. The lamb sticks out in the mind as one of the best examples of the bizarre imagery I mentioned above.I'm a big moon gal and it's played up to all its glory in this one, which of course matches considering it's a werewolf theme. I have to say it's one of the more unique werewolf books I've read and beautifully done. The moon is always focused on with lycanthropy, but with this book it's taken to higher planes. There is much mystery here, enshrouded what the creature is exactly, how it came to be, what the stone is about, and I'm still not sure I grasp their draw to each other and the results of that. If all the mystery had been solved, then much of the glamor of the book would be lost.There's a decent amount of blood - violence is not shied away from, and when it's there it's short and fits to the purpose. The ferocity of the beast is told instead through the matter of fact power and presence. Religion, as almost always with shape-shifting tales, plays its role. Overall a book worth reading if you run across it, especially if you love horror shifter books or Gothic fantasy types.

  • Jean
    2019-05-20 02:52

    Tantih Lee justifies the existence of purple prose. She wallows in Gothic Victorian excess, and turns it into a lush sort of poetry. The book itself feels as if it could be put right beside Frankenstein and Dracula, the tone perfectly in step, the atmosphere rich if slightly more forthright than it was in the nineteenth century. It's a perfect companion to Shelley and Stoker, weaving werewolf lore seamlessly into the time period, bountiful with knowledge and appreciation with Gothic literature.If I were to simplify, I'd call it Wuthering Heights with a werewolf, which is shockingly accurate. Subtext abounds, about marriage and sex, about traditional gender roles in the Victorian world. And the last hundred pages in particular descend into an almost feverish hypnagogic state.And that was why it lost a star, too, because through all of this lushness of prose, through scenes of sex and viscera, the novel itself is kind of cold, and the characters most definitely are, to the point that it's difficult to guess what any one of them is really thinking, or why they do what they do. It's a fantastic novel to appreciate for its artistry, but, despite the passion it's meant to exhibit, an unemotional one. Beautiful and cold, just like the Worth household at the very end.

  • Douglas Nicholas
    2019-06-06 04:55

    This was one of the most effortlessly beautiful books I've read. A somber werewolf tale that has the dimension and gravity of an ancient legend, written in wonderfully poetic language, it's also gripping, frightening, and moment after moment hinting at vaster realities just behind the text. There is a striking visual image or turn of speech on every page. Read it in sips, because you want to savor it.

  • Karl
    2019-05-30 07:56

    This hardcover was published by Headline books UK.The story is a werewolf story perhaps adapted from "Little Red Riding Hood" as imaged by Tanith Lee.

  • Rusty
    2019-06-11 06:39

    A dark fantasy, this is the tale of Daniel who is possessed by a wolf-like shape imprisoned in a diamond given to him by a strange man. Daniel, who killed his father for beating his mother, left home as his mother bade. He roams working whenever he can until he meets the stranger. In possession of the diamond he, in turn, finds himself possessed becoming a creature of the night that comes alive on the three nights of the full moon. As this beast he does not recall that he is human, killing at random those who roam about at night. When he returns home and his mother dies, he loses the portion of his humanity. Yet he is drawn to the enigmatic and self-centered lovely Laura, another man's wife. Her husband, Hyperion, loves Laura with all her heart as well as Daniel. The story spirals to an unexpected end.

  • Tabitha Vohn
    2019-05-25 06:49

    Blah. Sad to say that I didn't even finish this book. I was excited to read it, thinking it was a romance novel set to the premise of a werewolf and his lover. One reviewer compared it to Wuthering Heights, so that set the expectation high. Two hundred pages in, the so-called "lovers" had not even met yet. The characters were unlikeable. They were either self-loathing, miserable, or embraced/enjoyed evil. Any romance in the book was heavily laced with antiquated, feminist loathing, in which the woman feels that sex is a joyless chore and the man is equal parts smitten, misogynistic, and clueless. Perhaps, when I have nothing better to read, I will return and see if the last eighty pages or so redeems itself...but I won't hold my breath.

  • Lauren
    2019-05-21 02:38

    A good, dark, exotic werewolf story. Be warned it's a bit gory.

  • Tommy
    2019-06-14 08:52

    One of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors. This one is perfect: surreal, graceful, & surprising.

  • Debra
    2019-06-08 07:04

    Stephen King endorsed the entire Dell Abyss Horror line. Here is his blurb: "Thank you for introducing me to the remarkable line of novels currently being issued under Dell's Abyss imprint. I have given a great many blurbs over the last twelve years or so, but this one marks two firsts: first unsolicited blurb (I called you) and the first time I have blurbed a whole line of books. In terms of quality, production, and plain old story-telling reliability (that's the bottom line, isn't it), Dell's new line is amazingly satisfying...a rare and wonderful bargain for readers. I hope to be looking into the Abyss for a long time to come."

  • Dina
    2019-06-08 11:08

    Heart-Beast is a werewolf story, a very dark tale, full of vivid - and often horrifying - images. It is not an easy book to read. I even had a feeling that blood was dripping from its pages. Gore is actually the first word that comes to mind to describe this book. But, man, its so good.

  • Gerd
    2019-06-02 10:40

    Beautiful prose, some of the time, but I'll be damned if I knew where she was headed whith that tale... and what's up with all the pointless violence and hatred?

  • Meredith
    2019-06-11 10:39

    A very original werewolf tale.

  • Teigan
    2019-05-23 03:45

    Not her best book ever, but it still outweighs all other paranormal romance out there.

  • Bradley
    2019-05-24 03:00

    Excellent horror story. Not for me, but I know someone who will really really like this book. =)

  • Liz
    2019-06-13 09:49

    Dark, mysterious and sometimes quite scary! Not a book to let young teens read by any means :s

  • Velvetink
    2019-05-28 04:44

    *note to self. (copy from Al).

  • Bethnoir
    2019-05-22 10:53

    I forget how much I love the atmosphere and colours of Tanith Lee, all is passion and beauty, her writing is passionate and delightful. Must remember and read more.