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The Crowman (Chronicles of the Fallen Volume 1) by Gareth Clegg #BookReview

Some say the world is shattered, that our way of life is dying. Our sun fills half the sky and the scorched lands struggle to provide enough to sustain us. Still, there has always been hope. But as that fiery red orb descends below the rocky skyline, then comes the shadow: Dark spirits hell-bent on destroying what’s left of humanity, as if we needed any help.

My name is Cheveyo Santiago. I cheated death as a child, but that trauma marked me, and now I sense the evil in others. So here I am, drawn like a moth to the flame. Though I carry a revolver, I’m no gunslinger, there are plenty faster on the draw than me. My real edge is knowledge.

Old family recipes passed down through the ages – the secrets to banish the shadow back to the hells that spawned it. Salt, Brimstone, Silver and Tallow shall be my weapons.

So, hear this, all creatures and spirits of evil. I know you. I see you. Prepare yourself for judgement.

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Title: The Crowman (Chronicles of the Fallen Volume 1) |Series: The Chronicles of the Fallen | Author: Gareth Clegg|  | Publisher: Twisted Fate Publishing | Pub. Date: 1st July 2020 | Pages: 146 | ASIN: B089KQS32V | Genre: Western Horror/ Supernatural| Language: English | Starred Review Yes | Source: Self-purchased

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The Crowman (Chronicles of the Fallen Volume 1) Review

This was a wild ride through western horror! Cheveyo Santiago is a likeable protagonist on a mission to dissolve the world of evil. After a premonition through a dream, he heads to the town of Providence, where the story is set. He meets formidable Ruby, an independent young woman who serves as his side-kick, and together they work to save a town from darkness created by the mysterious entity, The Crownman.

I read this book in one sitting. It’s fast paced with high tension. The story is well structured, and while there are a few plot points that require the suspension of belief, the majority of this book is created within a well crafted world where the West meets fantasy. It’s a fun read, the dialogue is realistic to each character, and I appreciated that Ruby can stand her own in a man’s world.

The style of this story is amazing. I don’t read a lot of western horror, but this book set a high standard in the sub-genre. Look at this opening line:

“The sun squeezed the sweat from my tanned skin as relentless waves of heat burned across the barren rocky wasteland” (1).

The care and detail of this world is carried throughout the entire novel delicately balancing horror, fantasy and western tones. If you’re looking for a book that will allow you to escape from reality for a few hours while entertaining you, this is it. There’s never a dull moment! This is the first of a series, and I look forward to reading more. I can’t wait to see what Cheveyo Santiago gets himself into next!

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