Witchfinder: Dawn of the Demontide – William Hussey

15 Mar

Started – 7/3/12

Finished – 14/3/12

Format – Paperback


Synopsis – The first in a terrifying trilogy, read on if you dare: Jake could now see the demon fully. Its body was a mass of steely sinew, its arms roped with muscle. Six fingers sprouted from its hands, each ending in lethal talons. The thing did not possess a nose; instead a large hole, bubbling with green mucus, occupied the middle of its face. Mr Pinch’s tongue flickered between his teeth and slurped across his fat lips. He was hungry. When a violent storm rages around the little village of Hobarron’s Hollow, a young boy is sacrificed ‘for the greater good’. His blood is used to seal a mystical doorway and prevent an apocalyptic disaster known only as the Demontide. Twenty-five years later, another boy, Jake Harker, is about to be drawn into the nightmare of the Demontide. Witches and their demon familiars stalk his every move, and his dreams are plagued by visions of a 17th Century figure known only as the Witchfinder. When his father is abducted, Jake must face the terrible secrets kept by those closest to him and a shocking truth that will change his life forever . . .


My Thoughts – I won this book in a competition back in 2010 on the BCF. This was a new book and author to me. This book is about Jake, who is launched into an adventure with demons, magic and strangeness. He looses someone very dear to him and because of that he is moved away to stay with an ‘aunt’ for a while. This is where things start to change for Jake and he needs to solve the puzzle left to him by his father before it is too late for him and all of humankind.


This book is good, its young adult, probably geared towards male readers, but as a girl i enjoyed it a lot too. I did think parts of it were quite gory, but for a younger audience this is probably right up the street for them.


The only real criticism was for me the characters were a little bit confusing and who was who. There seemed to be a lot of characters for the book, but as this is a trilogy maybe some more of the characters will be explored a bit as the series progresses.


I really enjoyed this book, it’s not just for the young adult market, i think adults will enjoy it too. After reading the book i found out that the author is actually quite local to me, so for me this is a little bit of a bonus. I will definitely be getting my hands on the next in the trilogy.


Rating – 4/5



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