An Explosive Tale of Love and Survival...
Rhyme Carter has a problem—she’s married to the Antichrist.
But her heart belongs to another man.
A man she deserted to the clutches of the Devil himself.
Emery Merrick wakes in a hospital to find the woman he loves betrayed him. Swept away on a drug-fueled tsunami of madness and mayhem, he plummets further into addiction, misery, and the machinations of immortal madmen.
But Rhyme has plans of her own. Plans to thwart her evil husband and reclaim her life.
From visionary award-winning author, Lloyd Jeffries, A Measure of Rhyme continues the epic saga of a secret society’s quest to dominate the world, fulfill prophecy, and offer the Earth as a sacrifice to a bloodthirsty God. The sequel to A Portion of Malice, it’s the second installment in the spellbinding Ages of Malice series.
As Mankind races toward the apocalypse, can a former librarian overcome staggering odds to save the planet—and the man she loves—from certain destruction?
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Plot/Idea: A Measure of Rhyme transports readers to a version of present-day Israel, where political and personal ambitions are further complicated by the appearance of the Antichrist, along with reincarnations of his friends and foes; heart-pounding and darkly hilarious, readers will not want to put it down, and the fate of the characters rests on the next in the series.
Prose: Fast-paced and action-packed, the novel's prose is beautifully written and peppered with stunning lyrical passages, providing a good balance between action, drama, and a surprisingly heavy dose of humor. The novel is mostly told in third person, but Emery's chapters pivot to first-person.
Originality: The complexities of the plot make A Measure of Rhyme feel truly unique, especially in the thoughtful and nuanced ways Jeffries depicts Christian, Israeli Jewish, and Muslim political/religious conflicts in Israel, while also injecting total irreverence in a darkly funny way.
Character/Execution: A Measure of Rhyme features a huge, complex network of characters, many of whom are manifestations of biblical characters (who, in the world of the novel, are essentially immortal and pop up at different points of history). There are times when the sheer scope of characters feels overwhelming, and some readers may find that familiarity with the biblical figures' background will help them grasp the story's nuances. Emery is a standout, with reliable interiority that allows readers to experience firsthand his addictions, emotions, and the levity that his constant running commentary provides, and Vince and Lenny's intrusions are especially delightful.
Blurb: A sweeping tale of Biblical figures, politicians, and secret agents, A Measure of Rhyme follows Rhyme Carter Emery Merrick, former lovers who team up to combat the Antichrist, who has been meddling in Israeli politics.
Blurb: A sweeping tale of biblical figures, politicians, and secret agents, A Measure of Rhyme follows Rhyme Carter and Emery Merrick, former lovers who team up to combat the Antichrist, who has been meddling in Israeli politics.
Date Submitted: June 07, 2023
"Libraries and readers who relished A Portion of Malice will find A Measure of Rhyme equally powerful in its sythesis of fantasy, history, and religious inspection. It drops a bomb on any notion of predictability."
"Rhyme is one of the strongest female lead characters this reader has ever seen...incredible storytelling...you are just going to love it."
"Rich and satisfying cocktail of literary goodness...a truly enjoyable reading experience...expertly woven...gripping from start to finish."
"Possibly the most jaw-dropping conclusion to any book written this century. Fans of the incredible first book must read this one. Powerful and gripping"
"Couldn't put the book down and finished it in record time...the perfect formula in a nearly perfect series."
Lloyd Jeffries earns Reader Views Bronze Award for A Portion of Malice, Ages of Malice, Book I in Thriller/Suspense & Horror (2022)
Silver Award, Readers' Favorite for A Portion of Malice, Ages of Malice, Book I in Religious Fiction (2023).
Writer's Digest Honorable Mention for A Portion of Malice in Mainstream/Literary Fiction (2023).