King Of The Nine Hells


Fiction - Horror
537 Pages
Reviewed on 09/04/2014
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Author Biography

Retired. Former technical marketing director. Worked in the International Management and Economics Group for Stanford Research Institute. Degrees in chemistry, biology, marketing and a minor in English.

The rich lore of the U.K. presented me with an array of settings and history that lent themselves very, very well indeed to the construction of my story. A dark, sophisticated and captivating tale. You will find yourself swept up in the work on the very first page. King of the Nine Hells is a book you will not soon forget. As you go, imagine this work as a motion picture. Could happen!

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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

A beautifully written fantasy with an international setting, King of the Nine Hells by Dean Klein is a riveting story that will find a comfortable home with readers who enjoy well-crafted stories of dark magic and fascinating characters. It begins in the Dark Ages, with a grave-digger who works on the moors late at night to assemble a grotesque book. His work done, he uses the cursed book to establish himself as head of one of the strongest families known in Scotland. Fifteen hundred years later, a merchant steals this book, without knowing what it really contains, and the book eventually finds itself in the hands of an Oxford University professor who has a deep knowledge of occult practices. It takes little time for Dr. Peter Ashford to realize that the book is deadly. Making a firm resolution to destroy it, he discovers, to his utter stupefaction, that the book is missing. Follow him in a dangerous adventure in search of a possessed book that has the power to destroy the whole of humankind, a book that is linked to Hell.

The story is deftly written and as well as the sophisticated characters, readers encounter a powerful character in the ancient book itself, a book from Hell with wonderful powers. It can hear those who speak in a room, knows who speaks, and has the power to grant the wishes of anyone. Ancient castles, elements of the Dark Ages, quirky characters, and unspeakable horrors are what readers will find in these pages. It is dark and gripping, yet you won’t be able to let go. King of the Nine Hells cast a spell on me and I found myself reading from page to page. Peter Ashford is a great character and the reader wants to know what happens to him from the moment the book gets into his hands. I kept on wondering if he will retrieve it, if he can stay alive long enough to destroy it, and what would he need to destroy the book. King of the Nine Hells by Dean Klein is a great achievement, pulsating and utterly engrossing.

Kayti Nika Raet

In the King of the Nine Hells by Dean Klein, there is a book of black magic and dark sorcery, a book so evil that to even disparage it is to invite harm and ruin. It is called the Imprecatio Sortiarii and it is alive. After being safely hidden away for centuries, it is released into the world when a London book merchant, in a fit of avarice, steals the ancient tome and eventually sells it to David Carver, a man living in Connecticut. Heeding the book's nefarious whispers, David soon gets his every whim and desire granted; all he has to do is release the book's true master and let him wreak havoc on the world. Now it is up to Peter Ashford, a theologian at Oxford University, to find the book and stop its evil before all hell breaks loose.

King of the Nine Hells by Dean Klein is a fast paced, action packed, exciting book that reads like a movie. It grabs you from the beginning and refuses to let up the suspense as the pages go by. Klein's description of the Imprecatio Sortiarii makes it something you definitely don't want in your house. Once you're finished reading King of the Nine Hells, you might want to sleep with the lights on after encountering its thoroughly creepy ending. An enjoyable read with hints of a sequel, King of the Nine Hells by Dean Klein is perfect for any reader looking for a night of thrills and chills.

K.J. Simmill

There are some books that should never be read. Some power and promises that are better left undelivered, lost in the flow of time. Such could be said about the Imprecation Sortairii. Forged in the Dark Ages, its power is both ancient and terrifying. When an antique bookshop owner happened on it he could hardly believe his luck. It didn't matter that the tome was not for sale, and its acquisition, which should have eased some of his burdens, did nothing but add to them. It was sold and returned, deemed evil, haunted and cursed, but that is just part of its lore. Anyone possessing it can have their dreams come true, for a price. Its last return came with a request, one which was not heeded, and now it threatens to unleash unknown terror on the world and all whose path it crosses.

Dean Klein's King of the Nine Hells is a thriller/horror tale spanning an era from the Dark Ages to the present day, building up the events as they unfold. The author has multiple main characters, from the scribe of the grimoire to those whose hands it touches. With such a vast and timeless tale, the author has ensured a clear indication of time and place at the start of each chapter, making it easy to follow and understand, especially since each chapter adopts only one character's narrative. There are some great scene settings and developments. Threats, fear, and tension build from the first page to the last, with an ever-escalating danger that keeps you intrigued and both eager and terrified to find out what will happen next.

Kim Anisi

A book seller keen on making some good money does not know what he sets in motion in King Of The Nine Hells by Dean Klein. During an auction, an antique book seller quite illegally acquires a book he believes will make him a lot of money – money that he desperately wants. Unfortunately, the rather ugly and creepy book that is bound in wolf’s skin is not just any ordinary old book on the occult. It is something far more sinister than just a book. It promises its owner unbelievable powers, but at a price that would be far too high for most people. Unfortunately, the book also has the habit of making bad things happen to people who utter something less than positive about the book while in its presence. The chain of unfortunate events eventually takes the book to someone with a soul dark enough to make use of it. Only a worried Oxford University theologian and a mysterious Scottish gentleman have a chance to set things right before the book fulfills its ultimate goal – which would mean hell on Earth. Literally.

I almost didn’t pick up King Of The Nine Hells by Dean Klein as the description mentioned it was loosely inspired by Harry Potter. But the plot sounded appealing to me as I like stories about mysterious books. Fortunately, this book was a lot more appealing to me than Harry Potter and I did make it to the end without ever feeling bored. It was interesting to see the story was told from different perspectives, i.e. you don’t just get to follow the heroes, but you also see how the new owner of the book slowly turns into someone evil who stops for nothing and no one. The pace of the book was just right and I liked how Scotland played such an important role (it’s where I currently live), but the Scottish accents were a bit hard to read. The end of the novel was a bit of a surprise, and very well done. I wonder whether the end will mean there might be a sequel?

Ben Cooper

What a story! Unbelievably good. You cannot tear through this book. It feels as though each page holds you tight. Highly, highly recommended.