Thursday, February 16, 2017

Devil in the Countryside

Book Review

Devil in the Countryside

Title: Devil In The Countryside
Author: Cory Barclay
Release Date: February 15, 2017
Publisher: Createspace
Genre: Historical Fiction
Page Count: 348
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Devil in the Countryside is a story about the most famous werewolf investigation in history, brimming with intrigue and war, love and betrayal, and long-kept vendettas. 

It's 1588, the height of the Reformation, and a killer is terrorizing the German countryside. There are reports that the legendary Werewolf of Bedburg has returned to a once-peaceful land. Heinrich Franz, a cold and calculating investigator, is tasked with finding whomever -- or whatever -- the killer might be. He'll need all the help he can get, including that of a strange hunter who's recently stumbled into town. Though they're after the same thing, their reasons are worlds apart. 

And through it all, a priest tries to keep the peace among his frightened townsfolk, while a young woman threatens his most basic beliefs

My Thoughts:

I was given an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I really don't read Historical Fiction, but I'm pretty happy that I decided to venture out from my usual genres! This novel was so different from my usual reads and I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Devil in the Countryside is centered on the collision between the Catholics and the Protestants around the time of 1588. The Catholics see that they are slowly losing more and more people to the Protestant faith and they are trying to do anything in their power to make sure that their faith is the one that reigns superior. While all this crazy things are going on between both faiths the Wolf of Bedburg strikes and kills a young girl in this once quiet town. 

This book is told in four perspectives detective Henrinch, hunter Georg, Priest Dieter, and Sybil the daughter of a farmer. All these characters bring something different to the story and I really connected with some and others I have a love/hate relationship with particularly the Detective that man was insufferable, but he also had some moments where he had me saying “damn this man is a genius". This book hooked me from the first page and didn't let me go until the end, I want more! Cory took these events and made them his own, he twisted an amazing story that had me at the edge of my seat and even made me cringing at some points. I have never read anything like it and I can safely say that I want to read more Historical Fiction because of this book. The world building, the character development was all so greatly done and I can't wait to read more from Cory Barclay. I highly recommend this to people who like historical fiction and even if you don't this book will change your mind on this genre. 


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