Brilliantly unsettling and addictive…
The volatile supernatural world of powerful wizards, destructive gods, magic, and cosmic terror proves an impressive setting for a story that’s high on suspense and intrigue in Raven’s supernatural thriller. Sam Morgan from the government’s National Security Office is investigating the brutal murder of a family of campers in the Six Hills. In nearby Quorn, trainee fire officer Kane Gates is struggling to come to terms with his parents’ death while dealing with his younger brother’s temper tantrums. When a sinister sorcerer enters the brothers’ lives, it’s up to Kane to face the villain and save earth from a looming apocalypse. There is an unsettling darkness at the heart of the novel, but subplots of Kane and Dylan’s struggles and their sibling bond along with issues of trauma and enduring family ties illuminate the story further. Raven portrays Dylan and Kane with understanding and empathy, making the reader root for the flawed but realistic duo as they prevail their personal traumas through sheer will and resilience. His gritty candor and unflinching gaze at brothers’ shortcomings make the narrative ring with authenticity. The pacing is measured, and the atmospheric settings do justice to the story’s mysterious, dark undertone. The tension builds to a shocking and yet heartening finale, leaving the reader with a feeling of gladness for the protagonists. The assured, eloquent prose, the powerfully affecting narrative, and tight plotting make it hard for the reader to put the book away. Dark and expertly crafted, the novel will stay in readers’ minds long after they turn the last page.
By Dean Raven
Pub date May 5, 2021
Price $19.99 (USD) Paperback, $1.03 Kindle edition