When Will awakens, he sets out on a journey of self-discovery - one where he will penetrate the ultimate mystery and finally unlock the secret of his destiny.
Soaring, provocative and passionate, Sacrament is a masterwork from the pen of one of today's most acclaimed authors.
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By Chris Reviews on 17-05-17
This is a difficult review for me to write; because Clive Barker is one of my all time favourite writers. Books like Imajicka and Weaveworld blew my mind and opened me up to a whole new view of what writing could be. Books like Coldheart Canyon and Cabal took me on a rollercoaster of emotion and sensation, and brought a true, weighty feeling of humanity even among the darkest of circumstances. Never before had I read a book of his (and I've read almost all of them) and not completely and utterly adored it. Until now that is.
Sacrament is pants. It has some interesting ideas in there, and characters that could well be great if they were more fleshed out. The writing is largely beautiful, and some of the scenes are genuinely touching in the way I've come to expect from his work. The unavoidable problem though, is that this book is dull; really, really dull.
In between the moments where Barker's talent shines through are seemingly endless stretches of nothingness and boredom. The plot starts off really intriguing, and ends up coming across as a bad imitation of his other work. For the first time in my life, I've stopped reading (listening in this case), around 6 hours before the end of the book.
I'm sure I'll go back and give it another go at some point out of my love for Barker, but I honestly cannot face putting myself through it at the moment as I'm honestly saddened by this blip in his outstanding collection of novels. I've read most of them more than once, and some of them are books I return to again and again as time passes, without them ever feeling stale or dull. It doesn't help in this case that the vocalist put in a lousy performance.
If you've never read Barker, please for the love of god don't start with this one. Grab a copy of Weaveworld instead, and prepare to have your mind blown.
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By Randy on 24-07-14
Great Adventure, and what an ending..
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would recommend this to certain friends, but not everybody. There are some very provocative sexual parts including pedophilia (30yr-old-woman and 12yr-old-boy) and the main character is homosexual and lives in San Francisco, which is a large part of the story. If that kind of stuff won't bother you, I recommend you get this book. It's nothing THAT bad.
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By kathryngoins on 18-06-18
As usual, Clive Barker delivers
This book was well written, as Barker’s works usually are. It was very interesting throughout as well as original. And he, thankfully, had a wonderful narrator which is something else I’ve found with his books. The narrator can break a good book if he doesn’t perform it well. MacDonnell did a fine job. I’d definitely recommend Sacrament as a read or one to listen to while going about your tasks. Loving Clive!!!
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