Immortals’ Requiem

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
556 Pages
Reviewed on 06/27/2018
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Author Biography

Vincent Bobbe is nearly forty years old. When he was about ten, he tripped on an Edgar Rice Burroughs novel and fell into his own brain. He's not quite managed to climb out yet, because the things that found him in there keep clawing him back in. He's happily married with two young children and lives in Manchester, England. His wife is horrifically allergic to pretty much everything, so he doesn't have any pets. This suits him.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

In Immortals’ Requiem by Vincent Bobbe, there are creatures that only live in our nightmares. The bloodthirsty, vicious creatures that lurk in the recesses of our imaginations. An immortal beast thought vanquished two thousand years previously has returned, emerging from the ground, and its sole aim is to fulfill its destiny. When there is a spate of grisly murders on the streets of modern-day England, it throws people into turmoil. No one is clear who or what is carrying out these heinous attacks. A cruel and sadistic shapeshifter named Cu Roi is determined in his quest. He must be stopped before he destroys civilization. Cam and Grimnir are the only hope, but will they be willing to sacrifice their lives in order to destroy this powerful force?

Vincent Bobbe has managed to create such a rich story filled with myth and legend, shapeshifting, and folklore. All the characters have been meticulously crafted with detail, especially Cam and Grimnir who are original and authentic. The colourful and detailed descriptions to set a scene are some of the best I have ever read. Vincent Bobbe has also captured the art of building suspense and terror in the reader. The story flowed perfectly from start to finish and included every element for a perfect fantasy novel. The last chapter was absolutely flawless and the Epilogue was a great addition to the story. If you enjoy the supernatural, fantasy or myth, then this is a must-read. This is my first, but not my last fantasy novel, thanks to the author.

Ruffina Oserio

Vincent Bobbe’s Immortals’ Requiem is a book that will leave readers shivering with goosebumps, looking over their shoulders, feeling haunted, but the charm is irresistible. A supernatural story featuring compelling characters like Sam, Cú Roí and his minions, Grímnir, the tattooed man, the giants and the Barghest, a tale in which humans are in mortal conflict with supernatural beings on the verge of extinction. Their course of action becomes a nightmare that will haunt humans, starting with the tattooed man.

Vincent Bobbe writes with a unique voice, a powerful tone, and prose whose beauty is timeless, evoking images that reflect the setting of this gruesome tale. Here is one such image: “The tattooed man’s dead body was torn to shreds, his bones cracked and splintered, the marrow sucked into worm mouths, his flesh stripped and scattered. Then the Barghest sloped back into the forest, eager for fresh meat.”

And then watch the way in which the author creates contrast: “Guiltily Sam had thought of his wife of three years. Tabby was a petite woman with long black hair and a wonderfully wide smile. She was shy and kind and generous. . . but Annalise exuded a sultry miasma. Her hot eyes charged the air around her and her smile oozed lazy sexuality. Annalise was a vision that grabbed the libido and simply wouldn’t let go.”

I am not a fan of supernatural stories, but I was gripped from the start by Immortals’ Requiem, especially the dark world which it invites readers to enter, the awful creatures of eternity, and the brave men who fight to preserve humanity. The plot is beautifully woven and the dialogue is enticing. This is a great success in the supernatural genre and horror fans will find it interesting.

Gisela Dixon

Immortals’ Requiem by Vincent Bobbe is a dark fantasy novel that spans several eras and millennia. The tale is about beings that are supposedly “immortal” or at least can live for an indefinite amount of time under certain conditions. The story opens with a grisly scene of mutilation and danger around 500 B.C. Here, we are introduced to these strange beings and their ways. The story then moves to different time periods as we learn about the “Horror” that could destroy the Immortals if unleashed. What happens is a race against time in today’s England where the will to survive collides with dark forces of the occult and “dead who have come alive” among other things.

Immortals’ Requiem by Vincent Bobbe is more than just a fantasy novel. It contains elements of the horror genre which include violence, corpses and mutilation, as well as elements of the supernatural or the occult. Along with that is a fast-paced thriller with plenty of adventures. In that sense, the book is a mix of genres and the writing style seamlessly blends different styles. Although I found some of the scenes to be quite gruesome or violent, the overall story is well crafted and the characters are interesting. I also thought that the various timelines in the book was a nice touch which allows the reader to “travel in time.” This is a book that fans of horror or pure fantasy fiction will surely love.

Ray Simmons

If you like history-spanning tales of magic, power, and feuds, then you should pick up a copy of Immortals’ Requiem by Vincent Bobbe. This particular chapter in the tale begins around 500 B.C. but in truth we are kind of coming in around the middle of the story. I get the feeling this thing actually started back when Man was only a gleam in God’s eye. Two powerful creatures, tied together until death separates them, skip through time wreaking havoc as they go. One seems to be evil incarnate while the other is the dedicated soldier whose mission it is to stop him. There will be a lot of human collateral damage before this epic struggle is resolved.

I like this type of novel, where immortals move through time with their own urgent agendas. Vincent Bobbe sprinkles this epic novel with enigmatic gods, ruthless villains, and driven warriors. We get glimpses of life before Christ, and the expanding Roman Empire before the battle resumes in modern Great Britain. A great plot, interesting characters, and the feel of all human history as a setting make Immortals’ Requiem a great read. If you have a weekend with nothing planned and you just want to lose yourself in a good book, then this is exactly the kind of book to get. You can lose yourself in it. It will actually feel as if you took a very long vacation ... far, far away.

Rabia Tanveer

Immortals’ Requiem by Vincent Bobbe is an urban fantasy involving a race against time. You will be taken into the world of magic where anything and everything is possible. The creatures from your nightmares are real; they just don’t appear to you when you are looking. They are immortal creatures destined to live forever, and they silently rule a part of us that we never want to see. But something has happened, these immortals are dying and quickly. There is a bigger entity that scares even these immortals. This is a powerful creature that has these immortals now looking for a sanctuary and, in their haste, they could destroy humanity for good. If these immortals could die, can this creature perish too? And if it can, who will come forward and become the savior of all?

This is rather an intriguing novel. I loved the notion of the immortals and how they gelled well with the characters and the story. The novel opened with a bang and you are literally sucked right into the story. Opening with a supernatural character ensured that I was hooked. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the mood of the novel. I enjoyed the dialogues and the ramblings of the mythical characters. It showed a different side of the story and a glimpse in their character development (of sorts). Plus, it was very well written. Bobbe did a great job with creating a superb novel that I would share with my friends.

Tracy A. Fischer

In an interesting and exciting new work of urban fiction by author Vincent Bobbe, Immortals' Requiem is a book that many will find difficult to put down once they have begun it. Follow the story of a reality quite different from our own, but just beyond our reach, a reality in which beings who live forever, the Immortals, find they are dying, even though they are supposed to live forever. When they realize that they are running out of time, they breach the wall between their world and ours, desperately seeking a way to save their immortality. When they arrive on the scene in modern day England, however, and the people of our world realize just what they need to do in order to achieve what they are seeking, an epic battle for the very survival of civilization ensues, and no one is sure who will be victorious.

I very much enjoyed Immortals' Requiem. Author Vincent Bobbe has done a great job of creating a unique, scary and exciting tale about what would happen in a clash between humans and the magical beings long thought a matter of myth. The author's world creation abilities are simply second to none and his descriptions of the Immortals and their lands are incredible and interesting. Any reader who loves fiction, fantasy, adventure or thrills should absolutely read Immortals' Requiem. I am so pleased to be able to recommend this book, and look forward to reading more from the very talented author, Vincent Bobbe, in the near future!

Mamta Madhavan

Immortals’ Requiem by Vincent Bobbe is a gripping horror story laced with fantasy, based in Manchester in the UK where immortals, the creatures of magic, are slowly fading into myth and legend. The question of their survival is important and though they are said to be immortal, they are slowly losing ground. Their return can be fatal to society and will lead to civilization ending in bloodshed. The story picks up when they make their return to Manchester and spread their horror through blood and death.

Grimnir, the tattooed man, and other immortals show humans their dark side with gruesome and horrific killings. Whether it is Mark, Sam, Sarah, or others, their strange experiences make readers curious to know more. All the characters in the story have been portrayed strongly and the humans expose their vulnerable side when compared to the immortals, who are ruthless and unapologetic when it comes to killing and doing away with the humans that get in their way. The introduction of the characters is so strong that they will remain etched in the minds of readers.

The story has many layers to it and the author’s descriptive narration makes the scenes vivid to readers. The eeriness in the story with its vampires, supernatural world, zombies, and other horrific creatures makes it intriguing and scary. The story is a blend of fantasy, horror, and the paranormal, and the immortal, fearsome creatures make the plot violent in many places. The fantastical elements, along with suspense, violence, and intrigue, will pull readers in and make the book a compelling read.

K.J. Simmill

Magic was dying and anyone who cared to look could see it. Just as herbs had lost their potency, so too had magic lost its power. Beings born to live with such things still walk the land, a mere shadow of what they were or could have been. But these beings are lost to legends and myths, few know they still walk among us, and fewer believe they even existed. But something is about to happen that will open everyone's eyes. A being, thought to have been slain two thousand years ago, appears bleeding and impaled upon the street, and as the evil that is Cú Roí is reborn, so too is Grímnir, the one who is destined to hunt him. The streets of Manchester have never been so dangerous, and humankind has never been so close to discovering the truth and being forced to take their place in a new order. War is coming and no one is safe.

Written around the events of a tightly knit plot, Vincent Bobbe's Immortals’ Requiem follows a small cast of characters, from the cursed to the corruptible and those in between. The threat to Manchester is such that a meeting of worlds is expected, and we follow the perspectives of several key people as they discover their destiny, their part in what is to come. There is great dialogue, each fitting to the characters' own distinct personalities. The gradual build up of tension and the sometimes horrific scene setting describe this novel as a cross between urban and dark fantasy. There are places of this world and time, and places before, as well as those unseen by mortal eyes. The threat is real and time is running out. Brace yourself because the past really is coming back to haunt us, and it has big plans.