The Tree of Azathoth C. T. Phipps

A Fever Dream of Apocalyptic Proportions

5 out of 5 stars

Diving into The Tree of Azathoth by C.T. Phipps, narrated by Cary Hite, felt like stepping into a whirlwind of cosmic chaos and existential dread—typical Monday, right? From the moment John Henry Booth refuses to surrender to the inevitable consumption of time, I knew this book wouldn’t just be a read; it would be an experience.

As the third installment in the Cthulhu Armageddon series, it not only lives up to its predecessors but also elevates the saga to new heights. (I know I’m not the only one who was eagerly awaiting the next book in this series.)

Phipps has penned what I can only describe as a heartfelt homage to H.P. Lovecraft’s mythos. The energy pulsating through each chapter made it clear this wasn’t just a story written to continue a series, but a passionate tribute to the Lovecraftian world. The complexity of being transported to a dream/nightmare city that is a bizarre amalgamation of eras provided a backdrop so vivid, it was like watching an epic film unfold in my mind.

Navigating this labyrinthine plot without giving away spoilers is a challenge, but suffice it to say, the return of familiar characters—or are they?—added layers of intrigue and nostalgia that kept me hooked. The entire search for his son in this dream world was fascinating.

There’s something uniquely thrilling about not only exploring a dream world but recognizing faces within that dream (and even recognizing it’s a dream/dream world). And let’s talk about that fever dream vibe! The narrative had a surreal quality that made the boundaries between reality and fantasy deliciously blurred, enhancing the immersive experience.

Cary Hite’s narration was the cherry on top. His ability to capture the essence of this apocalyptic fever dream with his voice added an extra layer of depth to the storytelling. His pacing and tone perfectly matched the unfolding drama, making it easy to get lost in Booth’s adventures and misadventures.

Overall, The Tree of Azathoth is a wild ride through a dying universe filled with love, loss, and the quest for a sliver of hope in the chaos. It’s a must-listen for fans of the series and newcomers alike (read the other two first), provided they’re ready to dive headfirst into a beautifully chaotic world. For those who revel in stories that push the boundaries of imagination, this audiobook is a compelling journey through time, memory, and the unknown.

Book Description:

The Tree of Azathoth C. T. Phipps

“The Dreaming City has a million stories.”

The world has finally reached its final hours with Yog-Sothoth devouring time itself. John Henry Booth is not content to die and seeks out an old enemy to provide him an escape from the dying Earth. This results in him being transported to a strange monster-filled city where millions of humans live in a bizarre hodgepodge of eras. John soon finds out he’s been here before, or at least some variant of him has, and he is soon founded by faces long thought dead. And what is his lost son’s connection to the mysterious metropolis?

The Tree of Azathoth is the third novel of the Cthulhu Armageddon series, a post-apocalypse continuation of H.P. Lovecraft’s popular Cthulhu Mythos.

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The Tree of Azathoth by CT Phipps
Narrator: Cary Hite
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
Published by Crossroad Press on February 26th 2024
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
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Also by this author: Cthulhu Armageddon, Agent G: Infiltrator, The Tower of Zhaal, Lucifer's Star
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