Author: Chris White
Series: The Airel Saga #0.5
Publication Date: September 16, 2011
Harvey Marsburg, son of the late William Marsburg, is reading through his deceased father's long-lost diary. At first, Harv is annoyed at the peculiarities of his father, irritated that he has to uncover old wounds by reading this old book. But he finds to his amazement that his father might not actually have been mad. In fact it appears that William may have been nearly 150 years old when he died in 1977. Now his body lies decomposing in a Yorkshire mausoleum, but his legacy lives on. Harvey reads cryptic notes from the executor: "May your father rest in peace. He deserves it." Something watches him from the darknesses of his house as he reads the diary with growing interest. Plus, there are two other books in that old trunk that the foundation sent. One of them, he could swear it, is calling to him...
First of all, have you read Airel? If you have not, then please do so promptly. If you have, then you will truly appreciate The Marsburg Diary. This novella gives some back ground to the diary of Kreios through the telling of William Marsburg’s diary.
The Marsburg Diary alternates between Harvey’s present day and Williams 1897 diary entries. While reading it, Harvey begins to understand that perhaps his father wasn’t crazy, and perhaps whatever was haunted his father, was now after him. When William traveled to Germany to acquire an ancient book, unexplainable, horrifying things began to take place. William’s life is changed forever, and ultimately, so is Harvey’s.
I love how White wrote this, with the alternating POVs of past and present, and how they came together at the end. I’m definitely looking forward to The Wagner Diary, which will tell even more of the history of Kreios’ diary.