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- Print Length: 146 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Crossroad Press; Crossroad Press Digital Edition edition (November 12, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 12, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B156X5E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,182 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Edgar Poe meets Lenore and is immediately captivated by this strange woman. In fact, it could be argued that the inherent strangeness in both of them drew the other in. Poe is devoted to his young wife who is at home dying of consumption, which seems to have followed him around. His mother and beloved wife both died of it and it has been speculated (but is not known for sure) that it also killed his adoptive mother. It certainly explains why he appeared to be a haunted and melancholy man.
Soon the two of them are ensnared in a fairy tale that has come to life. A forest witch, a powerful and extremely evil sorceress and a trapped princess, all come together in a deadly confrontation. Lenore, Edgar, the serving girl Anita, a young boy named Tom, and a truly magical bird named Grimm are pawns in a battle between good and evil. Of course pawns can become victims.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. From the very first page to the very last there was never a moment when I had to force myself to get through something that seemed slow. If anything, I can blame a long night with almost no sleep directly on this story. If it hadn't been so engrossing, I wouldn't have needed the four cups of coffee to wake up and consequently spent the morning jitterbugging.
The only discordant note in the whole story was the timing of a couple of comments and the dates. The Lake Drummond Hotel and tavern was built in 1829 and various sources, including the author's introduction, agree it was opened in 1829 and closed between 1840 and 1850. Poe was born in 1809 and died in 1849 and there is ample evidence he visited the Great Dismal Swamp during his lifetime. The first comment I saw about General Robert E. Lee made me stop for a second, but then I figured maybe the author meant Colonel Lee since he was in the U.S. Army from 1829-1861. Later in the story, however, young Tom lends Poe a backpack that he says belonged to his Uncle Zach, who was killed in the Civil War. Of course the hotel and Poe were both long gone by then. This may come across as a bit pedantic, but these are the types of things that can knock a reader out of the story for a moment or two. And this story is too good for such a needless distraction.
Sometimes things work out perfectly. If you're lucky, the first time you read a book by an author you've never encountered before, it's so good that it makes you immediately want to search for other works of theirs. I've already downloaded another of Mr. Wilson's books and plan to start reading it. Right now.
If you believe in a bit of magic and know of Edgar Allen Poe you begin to wonder how many grains of truth this story has. What a strange journey the magic of a mystical legend can drift a mind through.
If you love the books that take you the farthest and the most unlike home I would recommend this book to the adventuress reader.
I am going to let my 13 year old grandson read this. I know that he will enjoy it as much as I have.
I realize David has placed his own feelings as a writer, father and husband into the mind of Poe and his compatriots in the story. I like seeing behind the curtain a bit, guessing at why the writer made the character do what he has. Only after I was done, did I suppose any of this, as the story carried me along, to the expense of sleep one night and the next day's work, languishing, as I finished the tale.
Read this guy. Do it now. Charles Colley, author-SISTERBABY'S MONKEY, SKULL COUNTY, USA.