Mestlven: A Tale from Perilisc

Mestlven: A Tale from Perilisc by Jesse Teller
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Mestlven: A Tale from Perilisc

Jesse Teller

Release Date: April 15, 2017




Revenge, Insanity, and the Bloody Diamonds

Meredith Mestlven was abused and betrayed by her nobleman husband. After a desperate fit of retaliation, she fled for her life and lost her sanity.

Now nearly 20 years later, she returns to her home at Sorrow Watch to destroy her enemies and reclaim her jewels.

How far will she go to satisfy her revenge? Dark, cunning and beautiful, Mestlven will win your heart or devour your mind.

Amount of sex 0.5 / 5
How explicit 1 / 5
Story 0.5 / 5
Overall: 0 / 5

As a traveler to Mestlven, this was not a pleasurable trip for me. Mestlven: A Tale from Perilisc may have been my least favorite book ever. It is graphic and gory. It is perhaps designed for those who like the SAW movies (which even the trailers turn me off). I like horror, but I prefer my horror to be funny and campy such as True Blood, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Supernatural. This book has no humor that I found.

The writing was difficult to comb through at times, particularly in the beginning. The story is rich with many characters whose motives are unclear at times. However, because their motivation is unclear as they are frequently viewed through the lens of the main character Sob/Meredith, it is difficult to keep interest in them. It all makes sense, in the end, as you shift between Sob’s descent into madness, Emily’s efforts to serve Sob, and Mort’s mission as a priestess for death. While the end does bring the story together that finally makes sense, wading through the blood (or rubies as Sob calls them) is far from worth it.

As far as a Behind Closed Doors book, besides being very dark and twisted, the minor amount of sex is just gross. One scene, Mort is doing her duty as a priestess for The Pale (aka death) and has sex with a man with bursting boils. Yuck.

I am not really sure the audience for this book, but I am sure it must be out there. It just wasn’t me.



Jesse Teller fell in love with fantasy when he was five years old and played his first game of Dungeons & Dragons. The game gave him the ability to create stories and characters from a young age. He started consuming fantasy in every form and, by nine, was obsessed with the genre. As a young adult, he knew he wanted to make his life about fantasy. From exploring the relationship between man and woman, to studying the qualities of a leader or a tyrant, Jesse Teller uses his stories and settings to study real-world themes and issues.

He lives with his supportive wife, Rebekah, and his two inspiring children, Rayph and Tobin.

SPFBO 2017 entrant
Literary Titan Gold Book Award Winner, April 2017
Drunken Druid Editor’s Choice, March 2017
Drunken Druid 2016 Book of the Year Short List
Hungry Monster Gold Book Award Winner, September 2016

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Rating Report
Amount of sex
0.5 / 5
How explicit
1 / 5
0.5 / 5
Overall: 0.5 / 5