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Shadows Over Somerset Paperback – June 23, 2014
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"In the first few pages alone we are given proof positive of what terror lurks around every corner... and it's this tension that shines through on every page." -- Insidious Reflections
"I recommend Shadows Over Somerset to all horror fans (even those who don't particularly care for vampires, werewolves, or witches)." -- Horror-Web
"With its dark, gothic atmosphere and breakneck action, Shadows Over Somerset's got a little something for fans of every dark persuasion." -- Stephen Mark Rainey, author of The Gaki & Other Hungry Spirits
"Gory, baroque, hairy fun with vamps and beasties." -- William Meikle, author of The Midnight Eye Files
About the Author
Bob Freeman is an author, artist, and paranormal adventurer whose novels include Shadows Over Somerset, Keepers of the Dead, and Descendant. A lifelong student of mythology, folklore, magic, and religion, Freeman has written numerous short stories, articles, and reviews for various online and print publications and is a respected lecturer on the occult and paranormal phenomena. He lives in rural Indiana with his wife and son.
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The story’s complete, with a pleasing Seattle anti-hero thrust into terrifying powers and finding his feet, while the girl he loves seeks to find her place in it all. But it’s also part of a much bigger tale, nicely hinted at, and promised in future volumes, making this the best sort of opening to a series. Would I read more? Definitely. It’s fast, furious, darkly intriguing, and fun.
Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy during a blog tour, and I offer my honest review.
This is Contemporary Gothic horror. The witchcraft written about is spot on (thank you Bob-bo) which always is a thrill for this witchy-poo to read. I loved the mixture of modern and already established horror story devices and arcs. Even though the story is set in modern day Indiana, the Gothic flavor really seeps through, much like the dampness of manor, graves and crypts. It was brand new and yet felt like a classic at the same time. Thrilling, chilling and full of horror. One of my favorite things were the protagonists and the antagonists were just as lovable. I wish there was a bit more development with some of them or at least a place to breath. Perhaps I was glamoured by Inari the wicked bitch of the cemetery. It was a good read and like I said a crazy ride!
It was full of wonderful creatures, like I said and a full cast of characters and modern day monsters as well. This herein lies my problem with the book. There was just to many characters and though many were developed OK many .. well I just got lost! It bounced back and fourth so rapidly and at times there was a marker to show it was from a different persons point of view or a different room, time, era, room… country? I know, but it got confusing. If the markers would have been consistent, I lost who, what, and where I was. And yes, I had a review copy but because of issues with the Mobi file, the publisher gave me the final file they used for all the sites. At any rate, because of this it took me longer to finish the book. I lost interest or got tired trying to figure it out. The writing was not bad or I would not have finished it, in fact it was good. But I believe it needed more obvious breaks so readers did not have to be pulled out of the story to re-read to make sure they knew where they were. I know a lot of folks who enjoy this type of chaotic scene changes but it was a bit to much for me.
This is the second edition of the book. It was originally published in a much shorter novel (206 pages) back in 2006. Though it was not that obvious, I was able to tell a few places where the scenes or descriptions were filled out somewhat. Maybe this was some of the jarring reading aspects. Still I liked the book. Oh and for you cover whores? Look how gorgeous Enggar Adirasa has made them!
(3.5 stars respectfully)
Check out the rest of my review at http://ragecircus.blogspot.com