The Ritual

The Ritual

Adam Nevill / Jan 24, 2020

The Ritual Four old university friends reunite for a hiking trip in the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle No longer young men they have little left in common and tensions rise as they struggle to con

  • Title: The Ritual
  • Author: Adam Nevill
  • ISBN: 9780230754928
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Paperback
  • Four old university friends reunite for a hiking trip in the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle No longer young men, they have little left in common and tensions rise as they struggle to connect Frustrated and tired they take a shortcut that turns their hike into a nightmare that could cost them their lives.Lost, hungry and surrounded by forest untouched for miFour old university friends reunite for a hiking trip in the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle No longer young men, they have little left in common and tensions rise as they struggle to connect Frustrated and tired they take a shortcut that turns their hike into a nightmare that could cost them their lives.Lost, hungry and surrounded by forest untouched for millennia, they stumble across an isolated old house Inside, they find the macabre remains of old rites and pagan sacrifices ancient artefacts and unidentifiable bones A place of dark ritual and home to a bestial presence that is still present in the ancient forest, and now they re the prey.As the four friends struggle toward salvation they discover that death doesn t come easy among these ancient trees

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      • Adam Nevill

        Adam L.G Nevill was born in Birmingham, England, in 1969 and grew up in England and New Zealand He is the author of the horror novels Banquet for the Damned , Apartment 16 , The Ritual , Last Days , House of Small Shadows , No One Gets Out Alive , Lost Girl , and Under a Watchful Eye His first short story collection, Some Will Not Sleep Selected Horrors , was published on Halloween, 2016, and won the British Fantasy Award for Best Collection His second collection of short fiction, Hasty for the Dark Selected Horrors is published on Halloween 2017 His novels, The Ritual , Last Days and No One Gets Out Alive were the winners of The August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel The Ritual and Last Days were also awarded Best in Category Horror, by R.U.S.A Several of his novels are currently in development for film and television, and in 2016 Imaginarium adapted The Ritual into a major motion picture with an October 13, 2017, release date in the UK and Europe.Adam also offers three free books to readers of horror Cries from the Crypt downloadable from his website , Before You Sleep and Before You Wake available from major online retailers.


    1. [Spoilers.] Every now and then you come across a book that causes you to examine your life: the good you've done in the world, the ill. What sin did I commit to have deserved a book as god awful as The Ritual?Here it is in brief: The Ritual is a derivative, shallow, insidiously sexist novel from an author whose ideas far exceed his technical skill.In the foreword, Nevill credits a number of other authors for inspiring him, among them Cormac McCarthy. Within the first chapter of The Ritual, it wa [...]

    2. Wow. This one came soooo very close to getting five stars from me. I am a horror buff and I LOVE to be scared ally, truly freaked out. Not grossed out (I'll take a bit of that in good fun) but creeped out. My ideal physiological response to horror is when I get the heebie-jeebies (pardon my use of technical terms here) -- you know, the tingling spine, sweaty palms, paranoia, pounding pulse. I'm addicted to dread, and if you can make me want to sleep with the light on I will love you forever and [...]

    3. Adam Nevill never fails to thrill me as a fan and a reader. I am working my way through all of his books and The Ritual perked my interest late at night on a cold February evening here in England. I was sucked in from very early pages and picked this book back up at every opportunity I got eager to know what was coming next in the journey of four friends who have found themselves in a terrifying and horrific situation deep in the dense woods of Scandinavia. Nevill is brilliant at building up ten [...]

    4. This year, I chose Stephen King’s Pet Sematary as my Halloween-season book. I’m not much of a horror junkie, so I generally don’t read more than one scary book in a year. In one respect, Pet Sematary turned out to be a great pick. It is a work of absolute genius. But in other respects, Pet Sematary failed. Or maybe it’s better said that it succeeded too well. Anyway, I’m trying to say that Pet Sematary filled me with the kind of oppressive existential dread that I usually only feel on [...]

    5. Survival Horror! Just in time for October. Wanna dive into some very nicely creepy atmospherics and get reacquainted with your old buddies on a camping trip, just getting away from the old world, finding out what the big deal about Scandinavia is?Welcome home.Of course, these four men are a bunch of ponces. They eventually grow on me after some of the real festering shit comes out, but before then, there's very little positive I can say about it other than the fact that the atmospherics are pret [...]

    6. The first half of this book was genuinely terrifying -- it's as harrowing as "The Descent," and in very similar ways. Luke and his three friends meet to go hiking and camping together, but Phil and Dom's less-than-stellar physical condition forces Hutch, the leader of the group, to propose a shortcut through a section of national forest. This shortcut turns frightening very quickly: not only is the forest much more dense and difficult to navigate than anyone anticipated, but early on they discov [...]

    7. The Ritual was a stunning book to get lost in. The beginning with the four University friends trying to hike out through some ruthless Scandinavian forests ravages more than their clothes, they all have personal issues that over time have formed thorns between them and what better time to hash it out then out in the wild where tempers flare. So it's a double lost in the bushes story, physically and mentally, it's a grueling non hold barrel of a good time, for the reader who is safe on the couch [...]

    8. This is my Book Of the Month- June 2016, with GR group- Horror Aficionados3.5 stars“There comes a stage at which a man would rather die cleanly by a bullet than by the unknown terror of the phantom in the forest.”― Tahir ShahThe story is about four friends who go on a trip post 15 yrs of their college life- it's like a reunion. They decide to go on a hiking trip in Scandinavia, take a wrong shortcut and enter their nightmare. They are now being hunted by a unknown predator one by one.The [...]

    9. 'And then the nearest part of the shadow, that defined itself by the thinnest light of the torch that brushed that place, moved. Raised itself no more than a few inches, in the way a stalking cat will engage in the next step towards its prey.'I'm almost ashamed to say that The Ritual is my first read from British supernatural horror author Adam Nevill and I was for the most part quite impressed with the characterization, tension and pace of the story.Four old University buddies decide to relive [...]

    10. An old-fashioned tale told in an old-fashioned voice, there is no denying the talent behind this book. An intriguing setup finds four college friends reunited for a trek through a dense forest in Norway. All goes well until their leader decides to take a shortcut through "virgin" territory, and soon they find themselves stalked by something monstrous and ancient. All the ingredients are here for an excellent horror novel, but while more than competently told, instances of long-windedness, repeti [...]

    11. First of all, I must say this is one of the most terrifying books I have ever read, the front cover write up describes it as being "horrifyingly scary" and it is not wrong!This is my second Adam Nevill book, the first being Apartment 16 which was good, but The Ritual is by far streets ahead.The story begins with four University friends reuniting in London and taking a hiking holiday to the remote artic forests of Northern Sweden, The friends Hutch, Luke, Dom and Phil all seem to have their own p [...]

    12. 3.5 starsTo start with, Part 1 of this novel was spectacular in regards to the atmospheric tension build-up, and the the way that we are able to get to know the characters through their trials in the forest, and with each other. I found this section to be a real page-turner, and was engaged with each development that the four friends, reconnecting on holiday with each other, ran into. Still, there were scenes that struck me as somewhat repetitive, and I felt that 50-100 pages could probably have [...]

    13. Imagine, if you can, that the Blair Witch project had actually been scary, and not just irritating teens with runny snotty noses randomly appearing in the dark, running, falling over, running again anyway, I digress. Nevill utilises the dark and primal iconography of pre-Christian religion to draw the reader absolutely into the bleak yet compelling landscapes of Swedish forests, where unnatural things lurk and stalk human prey. The atmospherics were superb, and I particularly enjoyed the Nordic [...]

    14. **02/16 - Bumping this up a star. 3+ years later I still can't go into the woods without thinking about it and still look over my shoulder every time I hear the rustle of leaves.**The first half of this book was excellent. The second half barely resembled the first. I was under the impression that I was reading the best horror novel of the year until it suddenly became something erratically different, resulting in the most disappointing horror novel of the year. I've never experienced anything l [...]

    15. 'The Ritual' reminded me of my experience of watching Stanley Kubrick's movie 'Full Metal Jacket' for the first time. I remember enjoying the movie immensely, until [movie spoiler alert] Pyle kills his tormentor and blows his own brains out in the toilet. After that the movie becomes something different entirely. Not bad, but a bit disappointing. Although entirely different in genre and medium from each other, 'The Ritual' follows the same trajectory as Full Jacket Jacket did, as far as the dras [...]

    16. I don't read much horror but I was excited for this book because I won it from one of the monthly giveaways for the Speculative Fiction Challenge. I read The Ritual in one sitting. The first half of the book was, for me, everything a horror story should be. It was suspenseful, chilling and scary. The unseen monster in the woods was made real enough that I wouldn't want to go hiking for a while. If you had asked me at that point I'd have said that I'd be sleeping with my light on that night.Once [...]

    17. Gripping and thought-provoking horror novel from Nevill about a group of friends hiking in a Scandinavian forest who encounter a strung-up animal and strange artifacts that may be related to a unseen spirit that seems to be following the group. The book is told in two parts, and many of the reviews I read felt that the second part was a completely different book than the first and pretty much ruined the story. I just don't see it. The second part, to me, was simply a continuation of the first, w [...]

    18. Started this book on a 5.5 hour plane ride and read about 60% of it. That right there is a sign that this was a good book. 4 star read. A little wordy and philosophical at times, but a great survival story.The Ritual is about four friends going off into the unknown. A backpacking trip in Sweden. Hitch is our map guy and decides to take his mates on a shortcut. A little cliche, but that's okay. We read in the prologue exactly what the four witness in their first day of hiking through the ancient [...]

    19. The best novel - horror or otherwise - that I've read in many years. Nevill’s words teleport you to darker realms. Trouble is, once you’ve travelled to the world he creates, you never fully return Brilliant and unputdownable.

    20. Do you know the feeling when you watch a horror movie where people enter their own house or apartment, seeing the door was open for some reason, them knowing something is wrong - but then they call "hello" into the void and you just want to smash their head against the wall as punishment for their stupidity?This book is exactly like that.If it wasn't for me having seen the trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation, I would probably have never read this book.I hope the movie will be better (it se [...]

    21. Beware. Semi-spoilery comments below. You have been warned.Hmmm. A tale of two parts. The first part was written well (a wee wordy, maybe) but pretty darn good. A tense and suspenseful journey in the forest with 4 old chums on holiday who are being stalked by an unknown entity and getting picked off one by one. Then, just when I was wondering how this could possibly continue for the remaining half of the book, the story takes a hard left turn and the next thing I know we run across some Black Me [...]

    22. For the past few months, I've been bingeing on the This is Horror Podcast. This is a great show out of the UK, and host Michael Wilson's enthusiasm for horror literature and movies, combined with his dry wit, makes it a great listen for my drives to and from work.He's mentioned several authors that he's keen on, and the fact that Stephen King is an obvious favorite makes me take his recommendations to heart.One of these recommended authors is Adam Nevill (apparently the UK's answer to Mr. King), [...]

    23. He had come here living and warm but now must become of it. There was no other place for him in this world. Not any more. Close to the upright stones, whose meanings and messages were mostly lost, and in the very soil of this lightless place, something was pursuing a purpose older than any living memory. He sensed it, had tried to run from it, but was now overcome by it. The very idea of it caught his breath in his throat and slowed the blood cold in his veins.Four former university friends are [...]

    24. Ultimately, a very creepy book. The first half was filled with very scary moments, straight out of nightmares! The ending was not what I was expecting, but was very good in its execution. If you enjoy horror, this is one well worth getting to.

    25. 5 stars     "On your knees you weep. Sobs wrack your chest and your eyes are cried dry. Parched      heaving comes out of your raw throat and sounds strange to your own ears. You cry      because this is the end. Your life closes this way, in this dark and stinking place that      makes no sense.  There is no justice in this and no way to escape"The Ritual is an amazing piece of survival horror. This book is like a cross between the movie The Blair Witch Project, and the novels; [...]

    26. “I’ve been waiting for a book like you. To come into my life.”The Ritual hit me in all of the right places. It had everything that I was looking for in a book right now. It was horror mixed with Nordic Noir. It was gruesome and gory. It felt like it was written just for me.The base of the scenario was familiar, a group of friends get lost in the wilderness and must fight for their lives. When doing this the author must make their story unique; they have to make it stand out from the crowd. [...]

    27. I’ve been meaning to read Adam Nevill for a while, and in the spirit of Halloween, I picked up one of his many highly regarded novels–The Ritual.Four friends from University strike off into the Scandinavian hinterland to rekindle their friendship while enjoying the majesty of the great outdoors. But at least two of the crew aren’t the athletic specimens they once were, and after an accident gives one a bum knee, they decide to take a shortcut through an uncharted forest. Things get bad whe [...]

    28. This is a taut, well-paced adventure horror novel that draws inspiration from the classic weird fiction of Algernon Blackwood and Arthur Machen. Four old friends harboring personal tensions with one another get lost on a hiking trip in a forest full of creepy ancient altars and whatnot. Horrors ensue. The novel is especially successful throughout part I, but not so much through part II, which, for me, and for at least one other person I know, nearly went off the rails. Without saying too much, t [...]

    29. I'm giving this book a very generous 3 stars. Very generous. It had some pros and some cons and I will proceed to list all belowPros•Atmospheric. I too felt cold and tired and hungry and had no desire to go hiking.•Premise was very interesting. I like reading 'being hunted in the woods by something' stories.I think that's all the pros I can recall 😐Cons•It was just too damn long. It went on and on and on and you get the picture.•There were a lot of cliches. The story wasn't anything I [...]

    30. Damn!! What a haunting, evil, black-hearted romp in the woods this was! I couldn't stop turning the pages! What started off as a "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" (on acid), turned into a Swedish Black Metal Blood Frenzy, south of Heaven! Four poor chaps take a holiday in this Swedish forestd they begin a nightmare that one can never come out of! Besides some of the supernatural aspects, this shit could really happen! 4 blackened stars

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