Book Review: The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak

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“The world, it seemed, had gone silent. It was something we knew but did not talk about. We were alone.”

Champion fencer and Smithsonian historian Layla Petrovich reluctantly returns home to rural Hamletville after a desperate call from her psychic grandmother. Layla never could have anticipated the horror of what Grandma Petrovich had foreseen. The residents of Hamletville will need Layla’s cool head, fast blade and itchy trigger finger to survive the undead apocalypse that’s upon them. But even that may not be enough. With mankind silenced, it soon becomes apparent that we were never alone. As the beings living on the fringe seek to reclaim power, Layla must find a way to protect the ones she loves or all humanity may be lost.

This exciting new dark fantasy/horror hybrid blends the best of the zombie genre with all the elements a fantasy reader loves!

It’s all fun and games until someone ends up undead!


I turned the last page and was so angry – what? How could she end it like that? Then I turned one more page and saw this was the first in a planned series. Phew. The author dodged a bullet there, because if this was a stand alone, I’m afraid that someone might find a shashka and…

What a strange book. Seriously strange. Zombies, Vampires, and a pagan/paranormal aspect that keeps you guessing. Add that to one kick-butt female protagonist with a sword fetish.


But the book is more than just a wild thrill-ride that keeps you hooked and turning page after page. The author writes so seamlessly that you think you just watched a movie. Her use of imagery puts pictures in your mind that you can hardly get out later. This book will haunt you long after you read the last little bit. As a clean fiction reader, the book would get an “R” rating for sex, violence, and language. But none of it is overdone. Highly recommended for adults who like weird thrillers!

About the Author

Melanie Karsak Author Pic by Orange Moon StudiosMelanie Karsak grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania where there wasn’t much to do but read books and go for hikes. She wrote her first novel, a gripping piece about a 1920s stage actress, when she was 12. Today, Melanie, a steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and caffeine junkie, lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.