3 out of 4 stars
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It’s not very often that I absolutely devour a book and feel the immediate need to continue the series. Raven’s Peak by Lincoln Cole defies the odds. Written with a sense of fantastic urgency, Raven’s Peak is prime reading material for fans of Supernatural. Comprised of a culturally diverse cast of characters and non-stop action, this book has made its way onto my list of favorites.
The story centers on Abigail and Haatim, and they aren’t your average pairing. Abigail is a Hunter and much like Dean Winchester, she’s stubborn, extremely work oriented, and bent on saving her adoptive father. Haatim, on the other hand, is a blogger with a degree in theology. Unexpectedly, their paths cross and, through a cruel twist of fate, Haatim finds himself drawn into a world that, outside of the texts he’s spent his life studying, he didn’t believe existed. Their journey brings them to the small town of Raven’s Peak, where things aren’t what they seem and together, the two find themselves working against time to save those that live in the secluded town. As the story progresses, readers meet a variety of demons, some whose names are more familiar than others.
Plot is a key factor in how I rate books. More importantly, a book that crawls too slowly rarely makes it past my DNF pile. Fortunately, that type of stagnation doesn’t plague Raven’s Peak. Additionally, its characters are dynamic enough to further the story along, rather than dilute the book with forced dialogue and unnatural actions. There are few moments where things tread too closely to cliché, and that’s a relief.
I don’t have much of a gripe with this book, though I do feel the editing toward the end was rushed. Early on, errors were sparse with a few typos and awkward sentences. However, after things climaxed, I encountered numerous editing issues ranging from misspelled words to noun-pronoun disagreement. Because of this, I feel the novel could use another run under the eyes of an editor.
Overall, I found myself extremely pleased with this book. I’m a huge fan of Supernatural and The Dresden Files, so being able to read a book that’s similar to the both of those in its own ways was a fun romp. Because of the numerous errors, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. It is, however, a book I’d recommend to others who share my interests.
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