by Graeme Reynolds
I was riveted from the start, what a way to open a book! GR certainly grabs the were-wolf by the tail.
Originally I was grabbed by the cover, but the story is original and fast paced.
Big chunks of the book are set in the 1980s so the referencing (which is almost OCD in accurateness) really brought my childhood back with a bang; minus the bone crunching, bone munching werewolves of course.
This has villains/bullies you hate, heroes you love… and the odd weird American! love it!
The settings are fantastically broody in some cases, but basically boil down to brutality with so much realism, it’s kind of gross, and these are not cuddly werewolves.
Lots of back story and left open for more expansion of this interesting world. I would recommend this book to anyone that loves horror or the werewolf genre!
by Graeme Reynolds
Finally the sequel! No slow preamble to bore his faithful readers but just enough at the beginning to remind you of the previous horror.
GR thrusts you face first into some very brutal fight scenes, don’t read this if you are a slight bit squeamish, his ability to describe the scene is immense and leaves you in no doubt as to what bit is dripping off of where.
The fur certainly flew in several directions along with blood, some guts and various other previously attached body parts. In fact it felt so bloody I needed a shower after! No body parts are left unmunched on by these well rounded werewolves. I think the evisceration scene will stay with me for a while.
These werewolves are unique in their “make up” which I am eager to find out more about, I hope this gets further explained and examined in HM 3 which I am begging for! The background story and the “missing” pieces of history which are eluded too just make me crave this more.
With no clear definition of which group is good or evil I was routing for both sides, which is fabulous. The ending is fantastic and real edge of seat stuff.
If you enjoy this you should head on over to his blog page and enjoy all the shorts that he has written, I think Mr Whiskers is my favourite!
My only complaint would be the slowness with which Mr Reynolds writes, as I waited so long for the sequel, that said the perfection and attention to detail is amazing, so I will let him off a little bit.