Clara Mandrake’s Monster

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We all remember the terrors of our childhood. The monsters in our wardrobe waited, all teeth and hair, bloody claws and aching jaws. We knew it would only take one move to set them upon us… And yet somehow, those monsters simply faded away in time. In Clara Mandrake’s Monster, however, the beast in the wardrobe is all too real, and the darkness of childhood fear is all-encompassing, all-consuming, and always waiting to rain down suffering of an inescapable kind.

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We all remember the terrors of our childhood. The monsters in our wardrobe waited, all teeth and hair, bloody claws and aching jaws. We knew it would only take one move to set them upon us… And yet somehow, those monsters simply faded away in time. In Clara Mandrake’s Monster, however, the beast in the wardrobe is all too real, and the darkness of childhood fear is all-encompassing, all-consuming, and always waiting to rain down suffering of an inescapable kind.

Three characters. Three narratives. Three perils. Clara Mandrake’s Monster brings together a world of gods and monsters, and exposes a trio of fascinating truths about humanity, about childhood, and about the fears that drive mankind to perform feats of courage and commit atrocities.

Clara Mandrake is a girl tormented by the horrors which await in her wardrobe. She lies in bed and hears the heavy breathing of a clawed monster, waiting to rend her flesh and leave her broken. Fearful for her sanity, and unable to share her terror with those around her, she’s utterly alone in the darkness and grows more desperate by the minute.

Fahmaia Hashad has received a vision, a calling, a call to arms. The words of Allat — the one true goddess — have arrived, and Fahmaia knows the goddess’s instructions must be followed. Fanatical, driven, and unable to be swayed, Fahmaia sees a world drowning in sin, one she’ll cleanse in bloodshed and the suffering of infidels. Only her people can save this realm, and they’ll save it at any cost.

Silas Renshaw had been looking for a calling of his own, when it arrived quite unexpectedly. He doesn’t quite know what an apprentice monster hunter must do to earn his stripes, but he’s going to press on and do it regardless. With his sword strapped to his belt, his will steeled and set on new horizons, and the first taste of glory on his tongue, he’s ready to set out on a career which may well spell his doom.

As these three deeply divided stories bend and weave within each other, we learn of blood, of fear, of demons, gods, and the monsters that exist within the heart of mankind. Visionary author Ibrahim S. Amin plays upon our deepest fears, our yearning for hope and redemption, and our need to endure the dark… and has woven a complex, labyrinthine narrative that will never be forgotten.