12 Dec 2010

WITHER'S LEGACY.

WITHER'S LEGACY by JOHN PASSERELLA.

She came to life on Halloween. She cast a wicked spell upon the residents of Windale, Massachusetts. And then she was destroyed .... but Elizabeth Wither, the leader of an ill-fated coven of witches, still haunts the one human powerful enough to dispel her ancient curse: the supernaturally gifted Wendy Ward.
Hers was the name on the dying Wither's lips - the time will come. And now that Windale's 'little witch girl' is all grown up she, along with her friends Kayla, Abby, and Hannah, must face a demon like none the world's ever known - an unseen evil that bides its time. A yellow-eyed, seven foot beast whose blind allegiance to Wither fuels it's hunger - captive to the urge to find its special prey ....
...  from the outer back cover.

FIRST SENTENCE (prologue): Hidden beneath a rotting deadfall, more than half submerged in the soft ground and uncomfortable warmth, it shuddered into semiconsciousness, the psychic echoes of a tortured scream ripping through its dreamless oblivion of living death.

MEMORABLE MOMENT: Because evil, despite all the seductive propaganda, does not age like a fine wine.

The third book in the series but that didn't make this a difficult book to read, it simply had me wanting to read books 1 and 2.

A bit gory to start with, ok, very gory by my standards I thought I might find this a bit too bloody but soon found myself really enjoying the adventures of our three heroines AND, typical me, feeling sorry for the 'baddie', the wendigo which, in case you are wondering, is described as .....

The abominable snowman crossed with a werewolf. A rabid grizzly on steroids.

With four females as the main characters, none of whom are quite what they seem, I was delighted that Passarella wrote them so well. Strong and yet at the same time vulnerable, they were totally believable and I found myself really caring for them - especially Abbey and Hannah who, unusually for such books, were children and particularly well written with the author, very cleverly I thought, exploring just how youngsters of that age might cope given these types of 'powers'.

Not unreasonable that an author should invest lots of time in their characters, in getting the reader to understand just why they are the way they are but much less common is the author devoting so much time to a mythical, and lets be honest, a really quite terrifying, beast and yet Passarella does exactly this in getting us to see the, I think, tragic story of the wendigo.

Not a horror as such and certainly quite unlike any of the other supernatural stories I have read, I'd recommend Wither's Legacy, an ex library stock read, to fans of both these genres.

13 comments:

Arti said...

Looks ok to me... I so love reading your reviews... They are great!!
Have a lovely day:)

Su said...

Sounds like a good one. I'm enjoying your reviews, too!

Suzanne Jones said...

I like the sound of this - thank you for the review.

XX
PS you've won a dvd over on my blog.

Kelly said...

I really liked the "memorable moment"!

StarTraci said...

Oh, how I want to read this book now. But I think that I will start with Book One. I am so glad that you shared this. It looks terrific!

:-)
Traci

P.S. Thanks for all the support these last few weeks. :-)

R. Ramesh said...

enjoying your reviews like others..cheers n best wishes friend

Mary said...

It does sound good. I'm glad you liked it!

naida said...

sounds good, and what a great first line.
There was a wendigo in a book I recently read also, Pet Sematary.
http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/

Melissa Gill said...

that sounds good. I alway like your recomendations. I might try to find book one.

chitra said...

Loved today's calender. Have a bright week.

Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

I loved the memorable moment.
Great saying, indeed!

Thanks for the recommendation. The book does sound interesting.

Big hugs!
B xx

Misha1989 said...

Thanks for the review! Gory details do put me off a bit , but if its interesting enough , it doesn't really matter I guess...

GMR said...

Creepy cover there...are those teeth? O_O That description too...~shudders~. Sounds good though! Who'd have thought it was 3rd in a series! I must know more....*jots note to seek out series*