Comments from Author Kieland Edmonds
The Roseworm is shorter than my debut novel Lovelza, but I find it has a little more depth. It can exhibit a lighthearted tone, even humorous, and yet, in many ways, it becomes one of my most dramatic stories. From one story to the next, I take Mr. and Mrs. Berring from supporting roles to centre stage, from the flooded old Italian streets of Carnival di Venezia in Lovelza to the enchanted, wintry mountain wilderness of rural Romania in The Roseworm. In many ways, it's about an ancient war of spiritual worldviews between the clashing spirits of Israel and Egypt, told in the account of two social exiles in the modern age, a married pair I describe as "magnets of contempt" for adopting such a distasteful line of work. It's the lonely tale of the friendless Everitt and Bries backsliding into old habits, driven one last time into a wilderness of desperation worse than ever so that their stubborn hearts may finally realize their true purpose in life. It's a novel about having to face the greatest trial before appreciating the truth. And it stands as more than a thrilling plot, but also as an unravelling of very real and very scary mysteries that have been hidden in classical mythology and religious prophecy, terrifying realities that are becoming all too relevant in today's fast changing world. As a vehicle for truth, I hope this work of fiction can define a dark impending force that our generation is heedlessly inviting in. I hope to shed light on the true secret and identity of the story's thematic villain, Saturn. 


Fiction — Mystery —Occult Thriller


Approx. 300 pages, 111,000 words.

Full Synopsis

Braised heron cassoulet. Balsamic shark carpaccio. Exotic or endangered, it was all on the menu, with compliments to the young wedded poachers. At the expense of integrity, Everitt and Bries Berring had managed a career in Italy hunting illegal game for high-paying clients, but the curtains quickly fell on this life. Enemies were never hard to find. After being chased out for their lives, at odds with a former client, the Berrings’ lifelong sense of social exile was abruptly actualized.
Following a yearlong foxhunt with a relentless trio of hounds close at their heels, an interested American tycoon intervenes to approach the couple with a tempting proposal for his personal dining pleasure. Desperate for sanctuary, the Berrings have little choice but to accept this one last client as an end to their unsavoury little profession. The charitable and beneficent Mr. Morgenroth invites them up to the quiet mountain villages of Romania for his annual six-month retreat to comfortably stay the fall and winter in a humble hilltop cabin supplied with a meat freezer, where they see little of their gracious employer as they explore the vast new hunting grounds. The haunting wilderness rustles with prized marks to fell, and in town, disturbing mysteries to puzzle over—pregnant women vanishing across the region. 
Surrounded by rumours of destitute kidnappers from the poverty-stricken hovels, Mr. Morgenroth and his alluring misandrist wife Kyrie share concern for the orphans of their nearby Carpathian Children’s Foundation. Nevertheless, they continue to host a series of lavish dinner parties alongside the close ring of friends hibernating in Romania with them, banqueted in their mountain lodge by the household chef and his apprentice cooks.
But, slave or pharaoh, everyone has someone to feed—the dark circle of life.
As veils of ancient symbology begin to unravel around the Berrings, the two slowly grow wise to the presence of a dark theosophical order and soon find themselves ensnared in an esoteric conspiracy that drives their spiritual quest for truth into the coldest wilderness.

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