Book Review — Herja, Devastation, by Cage Dunn and Frank Prem

Herja, Devastation by [Prem, Frank, Dunn, Cage]
“The woman, well, she’s the devil to some, vengeance incarnate, the one who uses scars on the soul to hold you still while your heart comes out for examination.”
Herja, Devastation, by Prem, Frank and CS Dunn

Adjectives that come to mind when I think of “Herja, Devastation” are smoldering, passionate, cold, dedicated, focused. Imagine, if you will, Count Dracula being a person people come to when they want someone obliterated and imagine R.M.Renfield as the ultimate assassin who carries out the contracts, in the fashion ordered by the Count. The entirety of Herja, Devastation swirls around this scenario, as told by “Renfield.” The story is exactly that, no more, no less.

There is a brilliant, mystical, and at times frightening power that is generated in the unique formatting of the book, which is written by author, Cage Dunn, and poet, Frank Prem. I’ve read works by each of them separately and enjoy both very much. When they sing their duet, alternating between prose and poetry, a magical chemistry is effected. As I read, it felt like I was inside the head of the expert and faithful assassin.

What this feels like to me is reading a graphic novel, but without the graphics. It stands alone, but I can see it set to graphics illustrated by David Mack, where it might take off big and be the beginning of a series.

5+ out of 5 stars

4 Comments Add yours

  1. cagedunn says:

    Wow! I got tingles up my back and over my scalp. I’m so glad you enjoyed his journal.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Oh, I did! I was enthralled by it.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. cagedunn says:

    Reblogged this on Cage Dunn: Writer, Author, Teller-of-tall-tales and commented:
    There are times the storytellers are the conduit for the person who wants their story told – this is one of those stories. I hope you enjoy it as much as Li did. As I did.
    Thank you, Li, for joining us on this ride.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      You are more than welcome, Cage, it was a treat.

      Liked by 1 person

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