I don't normally read books in a series out of order but I received a review copy of Keepers of the Dead so I dove right in for an honest review. One thing I picked up on quickly is that this book had a lot that came before it, not only in the previous book in the series, Shadows Over Somerset, but the author Bob Freeman has developed an entire history for the characters and creatures that brings a whole new depth to the novel.
This is not a book for the faint of heart with plenty of gruesome violence including dismemberment, stakes to the heart, and devouring by zombies. Several of the characters endure multiple deaths but, with their paranormal powers, are able to hold out. This may make the consequences less dire but a reader can still feel the tension throughout the book as the stakes are raised.
The characters ranged from werewolves to vampires to witches to just average citizens in the town but Freeman understands them all. It did take a bit to catch up to what was going on and the constant changing of perspective was confusing but as the pieces fit together it makes sense overall. I got to know these characters and as I read further the deep history made them seem real and fully fleshed out.
When paranormal creatures appear in a book, I normally look for the rules of their supernatural powers but the plot takes off with an assault of Cairnwood Manor so I had to pick it up as the action progressed. Not only do the most popular creatures appear in this novel but gargoyles and demons also show up plus secret societies and all of this has a modern day spin. Freeman mixes these scenes of powerful creatures battling one another with human moments that can lead a reader to care for a werewolf or witch instead of just fearing them. From the werewolf Cairnwoods to the witches Lillith and Magdalena to the adventure William Townsend, I found all of these characters rich and believable. Freeman adds plenty of bits of humor to dilute the onrush of action, magic, and violence.
I would recommend this book to readers who crave a well-written piece of paranormal action with a deep backstory and what looks to be a continuing series. I didn't read the first book but I could see myself picking it up in the future to fill in the pieces I missed.
About the author: Bob Freeman is an author, artist, and respected lecturer on the occult and paranormal phenomena. A lifelong student of mythology, folklore, magick, and religion, Mr. Freeman makes his home in rural Indiana with his wife Kim and son Connor.
Book Synopsis for Keepers of the Dead: THE VAMPIRE MACGREGOR LIVES...
"Foolish pup," MacGregor chided the werewolf, "you don't get it. Laddie, if water were evil I'd be but a drop. What lurks below is an ocean."
From the haunted halls of Cairnwood Manor to the bowels of Rosslyn Chapel, Bob Freeman hurls you into the very heart of the eternal conflict between the forces of darkness and the forces of light.
It's fang versus claw, spell versus steel, and love versus death in an epic battle of blood and thunder.
When a sinister cabal converges to unleash the ultimate evil against an unsuspecting world, only the combined strength of the Wolves of Cairnwood Manor and the Circle of Nine Skulls offers up a glimmer of hope as werewolves, vampires, witches, immortal warriors, and an army of the undead collide in a battle of epic bloodshed.
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