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Malus Domestica (Volume 1) Paperback – July 21, 2015
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"If you can't remember the last time you were so caught up in a story that you read till 4AM without noticing, this is The One."
- Stephanie Lehenbauer, Rock & Hill Studio
"Malus Domestica is a near-flawless foray into a frightening world of dark thaumaturgy, mystery, and evil that will haunt you for quite some time."
- Matthew Cox, author of Caller 107, Division Zero
About the Author
S. A. Hunt is a U.S. veteran, speculative fiction author, and Winner of Reddit.com/r/Fantasy's "Independent Novel of the Year" Award. He lives in Petoskey, Michigan, with the love of his life Jessi and their noble dog-son Jake the greyhound.
Find him at his website: sahuntbooks.com
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Horror isn't a genre I normally read, but this book showed a lot of promise, so I picked it up. Within the first few pages, I knew I was in the hands of a master story teller. The book is tightly written, and some of the small details are just perfect. Not too much, not too little, just right. To be fair, so far I haven't felt like I needed to lock all the doors when I read this (there's an eensyteensy bit of gore), but I am verging on wanting to bite my nails and tell the characters what to do. "Don't answer the phone, it's a trap!" And I have had the skin on my neck prickle. It's rare a book that can make that happen for me.
Full disclosure: I haven't finished yet, but the book is so good I felt like I needed to come give a review at this point. Maybe the book will change and I'll end up hating it, but right now I'm finding this to be a decently paced and interesting read, and one I just don't want to put down. We'll see if I can keep resisting the temptation to read the ending before it gets here.
Reading is often an adventure, and it's always a pleasure when you know you're in good hands with the local tour guide. I give this one two thumbs up, chewed nails and all.
At this point, I must apologize. If the description I've provided is found lacking in any way, it's simply because I cannot do the story justice nearly as much as the man who penned this tale. Malus Domestica is written with such an elegance, I feel more like I'm hanging out with real life people, rather than reading a book. It's literary cinema for lack of a better term. Mr. Hunt is a master scribe, able to weave his realities into life through his words. It's taken me about a year to finish reading this book because, quite honestly, I am spellbound. I don't want to leave the worlds the author creates, which can be rather spooky since his titles, this one in particular, slant towards the darker side of fiction.
But that's what any good author does. They grab you by the (eye)balls and refuse to let go of your brain. I highly recommend Malus Domestica, especially if you're looking for horror. Malus Domestica and Mr. Hunt will not disappoint.
There's a pretty big cast of characters in this one but things move along in such a way that everyone gets a nice little intro and everyone gets their part of the story told. Robin is, of course, our central character, witch-hunter extraordinaire and all around rad lady. Beyond that, the characters range out, connected to Robin in some way. Everyone has a personality. Everyone has a feel. Everyone has agency.
So what about the story, eh? Great story. Fun story. Lore-filled story. Gross story. I will admit that sometimes, things can get a little info-dumpy in spots but it serves the story well and I enjoyed learning about the witches and the magic. Everyone has a stand-out moment and it's good and you root for them when it happens.
Any comparison Sam gets towards Stephen King is well earned. You can see King's influence clearly but it's not pastiche. Sam has his own feel and own personality in the words. So if you're on the fence about reading this, get it a shot. It's fun, intense, gory and gooey. Just watch out for the trypophobia scene if that sort of thing trips you up. That was the only scene I skimmed.
Yes, I liked Robin Martine and her young woman, kick-ass ways. Yes, she had the requisite flaws, trials and tribulations. All boxes checked. But she was truly a gem in that SA Hunt avoided writing her like a cliché.
I also loved many of the secondary characters. I openly wept when one was lost along the way, but I understood. This is a horror novel, and not everyone makes it out alive (or whole) in a horror novel.
It was a horror novel; it was a revenge fantasy novel; it was a supernatural novel; it was a psychological study of many types of people; it was many things, all in one.
The only criticism I would make is that I felt some of the younger characters talked like mini-adults, sometimes with a mini-adult understanding of the world, but when the book focused on the adult characters, hang the heck on!
I found myself caught between wanting to slow down to savor the characters, the setting and the story, and wanting to hit the gas hard to get through and find out how it all ends. This dance sustained me through the many pages and left me seriously jonesing for more. The day SA Hunt releases the sequel, I will have it in the mail, and I’ll move it to the front of the reading queue.
I can’t wait for my next encounter with Ms. Robin Martine, and I highly recommend you make a date to get to know her as well.
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