by JG Faherty
Release Date: January 18, 2013
274 pages, Paperback
For older readers
Wherever The Stranger goes, evil follows. Wild dogs roam the fields. Townspeople turn on each other in murderous fury. Innocent women throw themselves off bridges. Swimmers disappear, victims of a deadly beast that haunts their waters. And the worst is still yet to come. The Stranger plans to open a gateway to the nether realms and release the Elder Gods to bring forth Chaos on Earth.
Only one man knows the truth, a country mage whose family has fought The Stranger before. But can he defeat his ageless enemy before Hastings Mills is nothing but a smoking ruin and the townspeople become unwilling blood sacrifices to the Old Ones? With only the help of a young woman and her teenage son, he will have to use all of his arcane knowledge to thwart his adversary and prevent the final apocalypse.
In Hastings Mills, The Burning Time has arrived.
My 2 cents
My rating: 4 stars
This book made me think of Stephen King or Dean Koontz. In fact, Stephen King is mentioned once in the story, so I'm thinking the author must be a fan! This is a fairly short, intense, strange, and thrilling read! The book starts right off the bat with strange things happening and people dying, and it drew me right in!
I was a little confused at the beginning, but I was up to speed pretty quickly. I really enjoyed the MC, John Root, and also his eventual love interest, Danni, and her little brother, Mitch. I despiced Billy Ray Capshaw, another character that seemed like a side part until the end. These four were the most fleshed out characters of the novel. The rest were all side characters, most of them victims. The main evil character, Christian (so ironic!) was not nearly as interesting as far as villains go, but he was scary!
Most of the story was either following John, battling evil, or Christian, who was creating the evil! All of the evil things and crazy incidents of the townspeople was told through their eyes, and it was just insane! The things that these normal people did to each other...it really showed the worst of humanity. In the middle of all this evil is Danni and Mitch, and they definitely show the best of humanity!
There is a lot of sex and violence, so I would definitely recommend this one for older readers! If you love a good thriller with a lot of fantasy and mythology, you will like this one!
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