Watcher of the Dark (Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle) Hardcover – 19 Nov 2013
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It's not bad, don't get me wrong. It is still well written and interesting, but that's about it. That's fine for a stand alone novel, but for a story that is supposed to be part of a series, it was a big disappointment.
This story picks up 4 months after Jeremiah is forced to run after his trip to a hell and having to stab Denise in the heart. After such an event, the things I most wanted to know about was how Denise was doing, how much did she remember, and does she now think that Jeremiah was trying to kill her? I wanted to know about the fall out from what happened with the FBI. I wanted to know if the New Orleans coven were actively hunting him. I basically wanted a sequel to what happened in the last novel.
Instead, we are left with a story where Denise and Demitri don't show up until the last act (maybe 85% of the way into this book) and we have to put up with Jeremiah in a stand-alone adventure. Though it touched on issues with the Preacher and the ending seemed quite important, we didn't know that through most of the book and after the half way mark I was growing frustrated about the fact that it felt like the author had pretty much abandoned the larger issues in the series.
So overall, when taken on its own merits this book is probably a 3.5-4 star read. However, when taken as part of a series it's lucky to scrape through with a 2. Therefore I have rounded up to 3.
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Damned good book. I love the Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle, and was floored by the first one. The second one was pretty amazing and I wasn't sure how he could really top it, but the third book kicked all kinds of ass.
The main character is Jeremiah Hunt, and as explained in all 3 books, his daughter was kidnapped. He spent years looking with no luck and slowly going insane until he ran across an old preacher with no eyes, who told him he could help him find her. Well, turns out taking the mysterious old non eyed Preacher's advice was not a good thing. He performs a spell that while allowing him to see all the hidden things in the world (ghosts, goblins, wee wickie beasties) it has the unfortunate side effect of burning out his eyes (and bringing him to the notice of the things we don't see).
The first book has him looking for his daughter and getting caught up in a murder spree. The second book has him in New Orleans attempting to figure out what a strange warning was about, and the third book has him in L.A. hiding out from the events of the first 2 books.
It's weird to say that the book is well written because of the world building, when you are talking about a character that is functionally blind 90% of the time, but Nassise really nails it. It's not often someone actually writes about New Orleans and manages to actually make the city feel real as opposed to the way it's presented in the movies. He does it again with L.A., and focuses less on the actual street names and "went here to this place and got food" sort of mentions, and focused more on the motivations of the various characters.
It's a hell of a ride, and you do get to learn a bit more about The Preacher as he's called. He is one creepy son of a bitch. Weirdly, he never really does anything in the books. Most of the creepy baddies in books tend to kill various people, children, dogs, act rapey, deranged or just plain evil. Preacher doesn't do that, he's just creepy all by himself. He helps (most of the time), but holy crap this guy is just unnerving. It's not often a character shows up and I get chills, but this one makes me feel like I'm walking into a dentist office in silent hill.
If you liked the first book, you'll love this one.
I love how the author doesn’t pull any punches and doesn’t give his characters the easy way out. I have truly fallen in love with this series! Seeing the world through Hunt’s eyes (or lack thereof) is a refreshing way of world-building and gives a different perspective on how the world truly works. The magick, mystery, and mayhem will keep you on the edge of your seat. As much as I couldn’t wait to find out what happened I savored each page WATCHER OF THE DARK because I didn’t want the book to end! WATCHER OF THE DARK, beautifully haunting and grim, is the best of the Jeremiah Hunt Chronicles to date and it will burrow into your very soul!
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