Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Blog Tour Review: The Burning Time

Author: JG Faherty
Genre: Horror
Release Date: January 18, 2013
Purchase Links:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Organized by:  Darkeva's Dark Delights
Book Excerpt: An ancient evil has come to Hastings Mills, and only one man can stop it.

Wherever The Stranger goes, evil follows. Wild dogs roam the fields. Townspeople turn on each other in murderous fury. Innocent women throw themselves off bridges. Swimmers disappear, victims of a deadly beast that haunts their waters. And the worst is still yet to come. The Stranger plans to open a gateway to the nether realms and release the Elder Gods to bring forth Chaos on Earth.

Only one man knows the truth, a country mage whose family has fought The Stranger before. But can he defeat his ageless enemy before Hastings Mills is nothing but a smoking ruin and the townspeople become unwilling blood sacrifices to the Old Ones? With only the help of a young woman and her teenage son, he will have to use all of his arcane knowledge to thwart his adversary and prevent the final apocalypse.

In Hastings Mills, The Burning Time has arrived.

My Rant:

Excitingly twisted.  I was horrified, mortified and completely surprised by The Burning Time. I really did not expect this book to be as good as it was. The Burning Time kept me at the edge of my seat the whole way through.  The plot was amazingly written. The Author took the time to draw out the vivid details of the story, which kept me, the reader constantly wanting to read more knowing that I would be up all night doing so and would have to go to work so tired I could barely keep my eyes open but that’s the price you pay for reading a story that draws you in completely.

You begin to feel attached to the story and the characters and as the book progresses the plot changes and things are spiraling out of control and your eager to want to know what is going on. On the other hand the book hits home because the plot reminds you of how evil and twisted people can be giving that they are influenced by negative spirits or beings.

When I began to read the book I thought I knew how the plot was going to play out. It seems from the beginning that the man you thought should have been the villain was not and the one that was good turned out to be the villain. (Shaking my head). I was so confused.

 It pained me to see how the town’s people were brained wash so quickly. At first it seemed that the villain was out to get money from the church but it turned out to be something more sadistic.  The villain was out to cause discord in order to feed his own cause and the town’s people never stopped to realize that things were not as they should have been.  The Author takes you on this tormented ride that displayed the darkest events such as exploiting the weakness of people by showing that fear can turn us to be so wicked in the order of self-preservation. The author exposed how easy it was for the villain to manipulate the town’s people and before anyone could stop what was happening the towns people fed off of the villain’s words and began to adapt his behavior of influence.  I was fascinated at the fact that even though the town’s people actions were outrages, what was interesting was how they circumvented their own conscious to make the deed look like they were completely innocent.  

The battle between good and evil is present throughout the story and the weight of the battle drains you because you want the good to succeed.  I wanted John to succeed; it wasn’t just because he was on the good side, John had struggles of weakness and the author displayed them and laid them bare to the audience. John (the hero) of the story was an amazing character because throughout the story he is constantly tested on what he believed in and should stand up for. But there were times just like anyone on else when you want to just give up and walk away and let someone else take on the burden of saving the world. But when you thought John was going to give up somehow he began to get the courage to keep pressing on even if it meant the cost of his own life. I completely fell in love with this character just because of his courage.

Danni and Mitchell added to flavor to the story because they had their own issues to deal with.  I like Danni but Mitchel also stole my heart. He was so young and brave and amazingly smart for such a young character.  Mitchell and John kept me wound so tight that my emotions were all over the place. John sadness ripped through me at times but Mitchell wittiness kept me grounded but I also felt fear. Yes through reading this story I felt fear because the things that were happening in this town completely caught me off guard.

My Recommendation: 

I rated this book 5 out of 5 purple rant hearts.  The burning time was one of the best horror and thrilling stories I have read. It was like watching a movie in your mind.  I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good horror story with an explosive plot.

FTC Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the author, editor, publisher, or Promo Host. This is my honest opinion about this book and I did not receive any monetary compensation for writing this review nor was I obligated to write a positive one.

About The Author

Everyone wants to know the personal details. Fine. I'm married. My wife's name is Andrea, and she is a casual horror fan. We have two dogs, a chocolate Lab and a yellow Lab. They keep us busy, and they make sure I don't get a fat ass sitting in front of the computer. I own an online resume/CV/proofreading business, which pays the bills. My favorite holiday is Halloween. I used to collect lizards and snakes until I got married. My previous jobs have included zoo keeper, photographer, salesman, laboratory manager, medical researcher, marketing specialist, and teacher.

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