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3.0 out of 5 stars Historical Fun, 9 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Medi-Evil 2 (A collection of historical terror and fantasy) (Kindle Edition)
Another three horror novellas set throughout history. More than half of the book is taken up with the first of these, a tale of a Norman family staring down the consequences of their aggressive pacification of Britain. Detailed and compelling, this story actually suffers for the inclusion of a supernatural 'horror' - as a tale of a family at war, it's electrifying, and the grim tone is horrific enough to suit the genre without any need for the presence of an ancient killing machine. The second tale, Amphibians, is a runaround in which creatures from the deep stalk a mad sailor who has absconded with something they consider theirs. It's good fun, but lightweight. Only the final tale, effectively a Roman retelling of an Exorcist style haunting, fully lives up to the promise of the tales in the previous volume, and in doing so gave me chills. Finch does this horror historical subgenre better than anybody else I've read, and the collection is both fun and readable, but it's not his very best.
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