Tuesday, September 22, 2015
The Weight of Chains - by Lesley Conner
I first met Lesley Conner a few years ago at the Horrorfind Convention in Gettysburg, PA. We soon became Facebook friends and developed a working relationship through her job as managing editor of Apex Publications and Apex Magazine. For the most part, her Facebook page is filled with mom stuff and posts about her role as a Girl Scout leader. Having read her first published novel, I find myself asking, "Where the hell did that come from?"
The Weight of Chains takes place in France, in 1436. As a result it did take me some time to become accustomed to the time period and the way the story was being told.
Much of the action takes place in the castle of Gilles de Rais and the nearby village of Machecoul. It's not long before were learn of Gilles' depraved nature and his disgusting peculiarities. This results in an extremely dark and twisted tale with several "Oh, no!" moments.
The Weight of Chains is an exceptionally well-imagined story with an ending that was so worth waiting for. Lesley Conner should be very happy with the outcome of her debut novel.
Kudos to Matt Davis for the beautiful and eye-catching cover art.
The Weight of Chains is available now in both e-book and paperback formats from Sinister Grin press. If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, you can read this one at no additional charge. Also, if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can read the book for FREE as your monthly selection from the Kindle Owners Lending Library.