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The Hand Over The Candle (Widdowshins Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I was privileged to be able to read this and the next book prior to publication and can say definitively that it is indeed the start of something BIG.
Whilst it is quite different to the work of authors such as Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchet, I would certainly expect lovers of those books to also enjoy the Widdowshins books.
This first book is a short introduction the the amazing world within a world that is Widdowshins.
The protagonists are well described and live comfortably in the mind as the story progresses.
We are intriguingly introduced to many of the characters of the village and in particular the main central 'character' of the ancient.
Good faces evil and has time for tea before....well you need to read it for yourself.
If you are the sort of reader that enjoys a clever combination of wit and wicca or cults and the occult, told with a tongue placed firmly in a cheek then you should enjoy this and subsequent Widdershins books.
If you are the sort of reader that likes to get in on a hit series right at the start, then I confidently predict that, within a year, you will be able to say; " Oh yes ..., I read the Widdershins books from the start, before it hit the Zeitgeist".
When I visited the website of Widdershins.com , I was pleased to see that there is a very exciting and 'rapid' release schedule for the future books. It means that instead of us having to wait many months or even years for an author to produce the next volume, we will be able to follow the series at a more acceptable pace.
I hope that you enjoy the weird and wonderful world of Widdershins as much as I am.
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But the one that really stuck with me is the witch’s familiar, a “tubby tabby” who can talk. Think a less intelligent but equally sassy and loveable version of Salem from Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
There’s a part where he comes back from a very close encounter with the thing from the church bathroom and draws out his tale like a masterful story-teller, milking all of the attention he can get from the group. You want to hug him and smack him all at the same time.
The pacing and action in this book is addictive. It lingers where you want to explore Widdowshins and whirls through the action and fighting in a masterful way. If this book were a television show it would make it’s full hour on-air feel like 10 minutes. It’s such a fun ride.
My favorite scene is the the first proper attack where the creature makes on the Pastor and his wife. It’s scray to see how brazen and powerful it is, but the way the two fight it off and deal with facing the supernatural thing is hilarious. I don’t want to spoil the why part, so I’ll just say it’s a story I plan to revisit because of it’s mix of horror, humor, and action.
The best part of this book by far was what listening to the story brought to the experience. The narrator, comedian Steve Harris, brings such life to the performance, and for those of us outside of the UK, his accent is so much fun to listen to. Well, it’d still be fun to listen to if you’re from the UK as well, but there’s some extra zest for those of us who aren’t used to it.
I will say, it could be a little challenging to understand if you’re not familiar with listening to accents outside of your native one, but it’s certainly worth doing. I, personally, don’t tend to have a problem with them since I watch a lot of Dr Who…
If you like the creepy quirkiness and horror aspects of Welcome to Nightvale or the fun dynamics of the gang in Scooby-Doo I think you will love this playfully creepy book as much as I do.
I hope you do read it, so we can be chomping at the bit together waiting for the next book in the series to be released.