Author: J G Faherty
Publication Date: January 2013
Format: E-Book - EPUB
Genre: HorrorSource: ARC from Publicist
An ancient evil has come to Hastings Mills, and only one man can stop it.
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. (Goodreads Synopsis)
This book was a little confusing at first, particularly as new characters were introduced, but once the story got going that difficulty was quickly resolved and the tale moved along at a good pace.
I don't read a lot of horror these days, but I didn't have any issues with this book in that regard. It was typical of the genre and that will either be your sort of thing or not according to personal tastes. I should say that the level of blood and guts in this book is pretty high, so just be aware of that if you are a little squeamish.
Overall, I see this book as a kind of Lovecroft-King blend and it should appeal to readers who enjoy the works of those two writers. In conclusion, The Burning Time is a gory horror read that was interesting for a change from my usual reads and which I enjoyed, but it's probably not one I'd read again and again.
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