- Written By: J.G. Faherty
- Release Date: January 18, 2013
- Author: J.G. Faherty
- Publisher: Journalstone
THE BURNING TIME is the story of John Root, a backwoods magician following a family tradition of investigating the supernatural and ridding the world of Evil influences. In the small town of Hastings Mills, John confronts the Trickster, an ancient demon that has already killed John’s mother and is now preparing to open the gates to another dimension and let loose the Elder Gods. In the midst of this classic struggle of good versus evil, John falls in love with a woman against his better judgment, raising the stakes even higher. As the Trickster grows stronger, and the town moves closer to destruction, John finds himself faced with a terrible choice: destroy his nemesis and risk the life of his new love, or save the girl and possibly condemn all of Hastings Mills to Hell.
With THE BURNING TIME, Mr. Faherty, in my opinion has written his best tale to date. It is a rip-roaring supernatural horror tale that beautifully combines all that I love in a good story; great characters, great monsters and evil beings, and enough action, frights and bloodshed to keep you turning the pages at a furious pace.
First off and this can’t be stressed enough, what I found to be one of the strong points of this book is his vivid life-like characterizations. He has created some very memorable and realistic characters that I really enjoyed getting to know. The main characters, John, Danni, Mitch and Cyrus Christian are all wonderfully rendered and allowed me to really get lost in the tale.
As much as I loved the “good” characters in this book, I have to admit that my favorite character is Cyrus Christian, “The Trickster”, the one responsible for all the blood, death and carnage in his quest to bring about the end of mankind and again release The Elder Gods. He is just an awesome evil being that Mr. Faherty has created and in my opinion steals the show.
Another high point for me was Mr. Faherty’s use of Lovecraftian terrors; The Elder Gods. Being a lifelong fan of Lovecraft’s work I was pleasantly surprised at how well they were woven into the storyline and how much this story reminded me that I really need to go back and reacquaint myself with Mr. Lovecraft’s work.
THE BURNING TIME for me is a perfect example of why I love the horror genre and why I started reading in the first place.
This is a grand adventure, a good old fashioned good versus evil supernatural tale that moves along at break neck speed. There is plenty of action, frights, monsters, and a small town literally tearing itself apart. You will find yourself staying up late into the night as you get lost in the town of Hastings Mills and all the frightening things that are happening there.
If you, like me, remember what it was like when you first discovered the joys of reading; the awe and excitement of getting lost in a world that is not our own, you must read THE BURNING TIME. It is a hell of a fun read that you will not be able to put down once you start, written by one of the best up and coming writers in the business and I highly recommend it.
THE BURNING TIME by J.G. Faherty