Monday, August 4, 2014

Book Review: Servants of the Storm, by Delilah S. Dawson

If you like macabre books about demons with a southern gothic feel, you will want to check out Servants of the Storm.

It's been a year since hurricane Josephine tore through Savannah, killing Dovey's best friend Carly. This caused such emotional turmoil, that Dovey was put on medication to keep her sane. Dovey decides to stop taking the medication, because she is tired of feeling like she's sleepwalking. Oh, and she also is sure that she saw Carly. Alive. So, she needs to figure out what is going on. She enlists the help of her other best friend, Baker.

Servants of the Storm is very dark. It's  very creepy and even gory in spots. It is hard to say much about the plot without giving too much away. It's unbelievable, but I still found it interesting for the right reader. The way Dawson uses the Savannah setting and the effects of the hurricane adds an extra eerie quality.  Carly meets some really demonic creatures and ultimately fights to save not only Carly, but the entire city of Savannah from this darkness. The ending is dramatic and tense, but then kind of fizzles.

Servants of the Storm is easy to follow, even if it's not easy to believe. The set up to the story drags a bit. Ultimately, I enjoyed it, but it didn't really WOW me. I didn't connect with Dovey, even though I felt sorry for her and wanted her to figure things out.  For a reader who is really interested in this type of story, Servants of the Storm is worth recommending.

Published by Simon Pulse, August 5, 2014
eARC obtained from Edelweiss
384 pages

Rating: 3/5

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1 comment:

  1. I find that horror books usually fail at making its readers care for the characters. I like that its atmosphere is effective but knowing that you have lukewarm feelings about this book is kind of disappointing. I'd keep this in mind though, if ever I need a gothic gory book. Thank you for your honest review, Annette. :)


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