The King of Nightmare

Fiction - Supernatural
510 Pages
Reviewed on 05/22/2021
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Author Biography

A. Rogers lives halfway between this world and the multitudes, and keeps the company of monsters, aliens, spirits, the Fae, and similar ilk. She is most at home at twilight in winter buried in soft blankets, sitting next to a fire with a stack of good books to read and with her family and friends close by. She'd like you to know that everyone and everything matters, and we're all connected. She'd also like a (gluten free) cookie and a nap.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

The King of Nightmare by A. Rogers is a horror/science fiction novel that will make you sit on the edge of your seat until the end. The Taylor Point House holds a lot of secrets, and the people living in it have their secrets to hide from the world. They were managing, and they would have handled it all, but that changed when Jason Hart came to Taylor Point and shook everything up. Jason was looking for somewhere he could forget his past and find a place where he could belong. Meeting Helen, the daughter of the owner, proved to be the start of a battle he didn’t know existed. Helen can see and hear things that the rest of the residents of Taylor Point House cannot. A battle was brewing on the edges, and they were not powerful enough to stop the evil from destroying life as they knew it. Who would come to save them all from their worst nightmares?

Stephen King would be proud of The King of Nightmare by A. Rogers, and I am sure he would love it! The pace was a little slow in certain places, but it is a great story. It had the right amount of suspense, brilliant characters, incredibly rich details, and superb worldbuilding to tie everything together. Each character had enough page space to share their story and form a connection with readers. Out of all the characters, Helen, Jason, and Andrew stood out to me the most. Although Miss TeeDee was great as well. I loved the narrative; I enjoyed the action, and I loved the ending. I was ready for scares and spooks, but The King of Nightmare gave me a lot more than that!

Divine Zape

The King of Nightmare by A. Rogers is a spellbinding novel in the supernatural genre that introduces quirky characters and nightmarish creatures, all connected by a shared place and the longing for answers. Miss Teedee has a dark secret and she is determined to do penance for it. She feeds people at the Taylor Point House, but then some people, like Helen, are behaving in a strange manner and it begins to disturb her. Jason Hart is a man who has been on the run and who eventually settles at the inn, hoping to find something meaningful to do. There is Madeline, a beguilingly beautiful woman haunted by nightmares. Then there is the supernatural Mal’uud ‘au Keen who is on a mission to stop horrors that are destroying their world. He is the last of his kind, the Walkers of the Veil. In this novel, one world is threatened by another, and Taylor Point House becomes a place where horror or healing could happen. Can the veil be restored and things go back to normal or will the nightmares spill over and consume the world of the characters.

The novel is well-written and features characters that readers can relate to. Beyond Taylor Point House, there is a well-imagined and wonderfully written world of the walkers and what threatens that world. The prose is excellent and the dialogues captivating, skillfully written, and containing every element that makes for exciting drama. The quirkiness in characters mixes with their complex humanity and flawed natures to make them endearing companions to readers. The King of Nightmare is a first-rate supernatural novel with impeccable world building, exploring the possibility of parallel worlds in a way that grips readers and makes them pay attention. It gets darker as the reader follows the characters, each of them with an inner world that is broken, each of them longing for answers, caught up in a place filled with mystery. A. Rogers has woven a compelling new world and filled it with fascinating characters; it is a suspenseful kind of story that puts readers on the edge of their seats.

Pikasho Deka

The King of Nightmare is a dark fantasy novel written by A. Rogers. The world of Via'rra lies at the center of everything as it connects the other worlds through Veils upon which the Walkers roam. However, Hope's isolation on Earth creates an unbalance in Via'rra and unleashes the Horrors that threaten to annihilate everything. On Earth, a woman named Madeline suffers through her despair stoically as darkness threatens to overwhelm her. Meanwhile, Jason's arrival at the Taylor Point House brings newfound anticipation to Helen, daughter of the inn owner, Darryl, who can see past the cracks between the worlds. While The Storyteller sends The King of Nightmare to bring Hope back home, the seven inhabitants of Taylor Point House must come together to restore the balance in the worlds.

Dark, surreal, and at times filled with elements borrowed from horror, The King of Nightmare is a fantastical odyssey that you don't want to stop. Author A. Rogers' intricately crafted tale evokes shock and awe in equal measure and captivates the reader with some surprisingly tender human moments. The characters seem flawed yet human, and you can't help but form a bond with them. Jason, Andrew, and Helen were my favorites characters in the book. The narrative is very much a slow burn and, at times, the fantastical elements can feel a bit overwhelming, but you get further and further engrossed with each turn of the page. I would recommend The King of Nightmare to fantasy fans who love worlds with a rich lore.