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Heart of Scars (Autobiography of a Wererewolf Hunter Book 2) (Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter) (Volume 2) Paperback – October 14, 2015
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Heart of Scars covers a time period of about one year, whereas Autobiography spanned decades. Because of this the reader will detect, by necessity, a different rhythm from the first.
The second book also has a more somber tone than its predecessor as it explores the spiritual realm and its influence on the main character. This is a decidedly more violent novel as is unavoidable in the development of a character whose sense of hatred is as intense as Sylvester James.
Readers who enjoyed Autobiography should not anticipate a re-tread in this second book, and should be ready for a more solemn, brutal phase in the evolution of a werewolf hunter.
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But for me, who read the books back to back, the differences betwee the two novels was jarring. For one, Autobiography had the real feel of an autobiography. It seemed the main character, Sylvester Logan James, was recalling his early life from a vantage point where he had attained some perspective. Such is not the case with Heart of Scars. In this novel the action again follows James, but it feels more like a filmed-as-it-happened documentary. It lacks the perspective that passing time and introspection provided for the first book. In fact the only introspection James is allowed in Heart of Scars seems to amount to little more than feeling he's a bad person who has done bad things and is destined for eternal damnation.
What it lacks in introspection, the book makes up for in violence and dreams/visions/hallucinations. The violence is pervasive and described in minute detail. In fact, there are fight scenes that seem to run on for page after page while Easton decribes in detail the sound of flash being ripped, blood gushing from wounds and bones not just snapping, but being shattered.Read more ›
What we have here is the "Empire Strikes Back" of Easton's SLJ trilogy, one might say. Much darker and much more violent. Our hero is, page by page, becoming less of a hero and more of a putrid shell of a man as hate (and something else that I won't spoil here) consumes him. As SLJ takes his journey through this horror, and nearly loses everyone else he ever cared for, the book leads us up to a shocking twist at the end that sets up the 3rd book in a magnificent way.
When I got to the end of this book.... I was literally angry that I had to WAIT for the next book. I'm so excited to get my hands on the third book and find out what happens next.
This is a great book, especially if you loved the first one. Just be warned, it is violent and much darker - as I said before. BUT, that's part of this journey. Don't let it deter you.
I loved the first book, but this one really pushed me through the wringer and that's what I loved best about it.
If this man wrote a grocery list, I would sit down to read it eagerly.
First, this book takes a very dark turn into the mind of someone who has been broken and lost everything. I was often disgusted by the choices that James makes. I found myself rereading passages just to make sure that I had actually understood what had just happened. Sure enough, I had understood the craziness!
While it wasn't always pleasant to read, it was interesting. At times, I think that the violence was too much and seemed out of character for James. However, I suppose I should have been more surprised that he hadn't come to this before the opening of the second book!
What I appreciated about this book was the it did keep me on my toes. It's fasted paced and doesn't sit around making you wait for the next interesting thing.
I would like to see more of the Cheyenne Wolf Hunter in the next book, but who am I to judge what a character will make a writer do to a book.
The fights do, however, more than adequately convey the raw savagery I came back to the series for, even if some of them just feel stapled on to break up the slower parts. I became somewhat concerned, though, as the protagonist got meaner and meaner and his ways and means got less and less honorable and more stomach-turning--I was amazed that no one tried to put him back in prison or have him psychologically evaluated. It's hard to relate to a character like that past a certain point. Dexter Morgan slaughters his way through Miami's population hand-over-fist, but he never seems to reach the level of depravity that Heart-of-Scars does. It's explained partway through the novel and is eventually addressed, but I was never able to shake that lingering sense of moral and visceral alienation from the protagonist I'd followed so far.
If that was intentional, then bravo, Mr. Easton. You pulled it off beautifully.
Otherwise, as with the first book, Mr.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very well written. A very little long winded but the book makes you want to believe , do you root for the man or the spirit wolf....... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Really enjoyed this book! Easton's characters are so believable and complex you'll never forget them. This book is filled with action, story line and thoughtful prose. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bookseller
I cannot overstate how fun this trilogy is to read. This book is great. The plot is epic.Published 13 months ago by B. A. Modelle
Ties many loose ends from the first book, but was much darker. Captivated me from the start. Can't wait for the third book!Published 17 months ago by Jason Gilchrist
Heart of Scars was a great continuation of the Werewolf Hunter storyline. Brian Easton needs to step up and start doing some marketing to get this made into a graphic novel or... Read morePublished on May 9, 2014 by D-hunter