Deceiving but extremely accurate is a way to describe the fantastic illustrations of Winterset Hollow that open each new part of the novel. A cabalistic narration that gradually opens a fictitious world that we all will wish to be just a dream.
Jonathan Edward Durham’s written craft superbly rivals those of experienced fantasy and horror writers. Durham’s delivery of the story makes the reader presume the direction of the events, and the author mischievously designs a beautiful tale of meeting your favorite fictitious book characters. However, as one of the characters says: you should not meet your childhood heroes as the novel takes a nasty turn for payback. As the reader starts to feel comfortable in a highly described dinner at an Old Manor House, the tale morphs into an exquisite living and traumatic nightmare.
Durham’s describing skills go beyond the house and the delicious foods and extend to the gruesome actions of the characters. Action-packed in a race for dear life, the reader faces the difficult decision of differentiating between villains and heroes. In a game of victims and victimizers and of divine justice and closure, Eamon, the main character, and his friends play a part in a war that does not belong to them. However, in a turn of events, mercy is at hand’s reach of blood and sacrifice.
Must mention that some readers could find the highly descriptive work challenging for those who prefer a more simplistic writing style. Not suited for children, Winterset Hollow will definitely become your new favorite Halloweenie read for the years to come.
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