4 out of 4 stars
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Beyath is an evil, 16th-century witch who, when other witches were being captured and burned at the stake, used her powers to escape to another dimension. However, to continue living, she has to return to her original dimension every twenty-five years and feed on one of her descendants. It is now time for her next feeding.
Craig and Jenny live happily in a tiny house in a small town in Utah with their two young children. In the middle of the night, a large, ancient mirror is mysteriously delivered to their home. Although Craig experiences a sense of foreboding, they decide to keep it. Before long, weird things start happening. Their dog seems to be terrified of the mirror and won’t go near it. They begin to notice unusual noises coming from the attic. Ahote, an elderly Native American with a limited ability to time travel, shows up and warns a skeptical Craig of impending danger to his family. Craig initially assumes he is demented. Although Craig has a history as an elite sniper for the U.S. Marines, traveling twenty-five years into the past with Ahote to save his family is going to be one of the most perilous operations he has ever undertaken.
Chris Coppel has superbly crafted a captivating paranormal thriller in Legacy. With just 173-pages, it doesn’t take long to become immersed in this chilling tale. The theme of time travel has been employed in other stories, but the author has a slightly different take from the norm. Mr. Coppel’s prose is descriptive and easy to understand, and the dialogues are realistic. The novel alternates between the current day, Craig’s background, and the mission they are embarking on that is twenty-five years in the past. All of the questions to this story are answered by the end of the book, but a new problem in the epilogue seems to indicate there will be a sequel.
The novel is narrated from the third-person point of view, mostly from Craig’s perspective. This offers us a comprehensive picture of what is transpiring. As Craig’s background is developed, his past is consistently written in italics, so it is easy to recognize when the story has gone back to an earlier time in his life. He still struggles with PTSD from being a Marine, and he also has had to overcome a traumatic childhood. Currently, his job entails working as a sheriff’s deputy in a town that rarely experiences crime. He is a very likable and believable protagonist. There are only a few other main characters in the story; Craig’s wife, Jenny, and Ahote were the chief ones. This makes it easy to keep track of everyone. I wanted more background on Ahote; perhaps that is coming in the sequel.
There were a few minor punctuation and grammatical errors in the book. They did not affect my enjoyment at all. Subsequently, I did not feel it necessary to detract from the score because of them. Therefore, as I found nothing else to dislike about this suspenseful story, Legacy achieves a rating of four out of four stars. I enthusiastically recommend this novel to readers who enjoy thrillers and paranormal books. Sensitive readers should be aware some occasional profanities and violence are encountered in the story, and it is definitely very creepy.
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