Friday, November 30, 2018
Book Review: 'The Wolfsbane Chronicles: Silver' by B.X. Hunter
‘They’re fighting a vampiric enemy not an unforgiven.’
Author BX Hunter makes an auspicious literary debut with THE WOLFSBANE CHRONICLES: SILVER. He appears to be a born storyweaver who embraces the arts with the pleasures of home life, sports such as martial arts, cooking, and following his Superheroes!
In an especially well researched and written Prologue Hunter explores the nether world: ‘In the beginning, when the world was new and untouched by man, demon or any other known life forms there only existed, The Creator. The higher being of the world had the ability to create anything he saw fit to grow in his world, which by normal standards he would be considered to be a giant, robust powerhouse of a man. He was taller than a mountain and wore a white cloth shirt with tattered ox skin pants from working all day. He also had stubbles on his face from the lack of shaving it in the morning. The Creator had existed by himself in his whimsical world. Soon he became bored of being by himself and he created animals, humans –male and female- and demons for the drama of death and destruction. Soon, The Creator sought out a new type of lifestyle and joined the clouds in an attempt to watch over his creations, letting them roam around to create lust, anguish, tragedy and atrocity throughout time. Soon, over the millennia, The Creator became aware of another higher being that had existed in the world. He was known as The Decimator. In time, The Creator and The Decimator became known as God and Lucifer, otherwise known as the Devil. Throughout the ages, man had become strong, created much, had fought wars over territories and even let the lore’s of God and Lucifer fade into history. The Demons became part of civilization, hidden amongst men to live new lives. Some of the demons had decided that being mischievous and cruel was a lot more fun and had decided to conspire with the Decimator. These were known as the Scorned. Other demons, whom were good, came to be known as the Predecessors. The remainders were neither good nor evil, but were able to choose what to do. They were known as the Forgiven…,’
Given the lofty beginning, Hunter plunges us into 2009 – ‘Centuries had passed since the rebirth of the war. Now 2009, down in the suburbs of Las Vegas, Nevada off Missouri Avenue and Boulder Highway, a hooded man enters into a deserted alleyway. The abandoned convenient stores barely lit, easily hid the man from anybody on the outside noticing him. The hooded cloak, which hid his face and the sleeves were longer than usual to conceal what his hands held. “Hello, is anybody there?” He called out into the darkness of the alleyway. He waited not seeing, nor hearing anything before sighing and leaning against the alley wall keeping his guard up. Suddenly he heard a loud crackling as a wall of energy-cracked open, allowing another cloaked figure to step through the gateway. Startled the man leaning against the wall threw a couple of throwing knives at the unknown figure, which in turn had knocked them away with his sword.’
The story that follows is complex and is well defined in Hunter’s synopsis: ‘Centuries ago, a war had started out to either save or enslave humanity. The war had once neared a truce, but had again been filled with bloodshed. Two brothers at the center of the war, both on different sides. The older brother a Vampire and the younger a Lycan. Centuries later the war is still going on, but in secret. Braxon and James both deal with everyday problems any 11-year-old boy deals with. Understanding girls, school, bullies and their parkour and martial arts training. One thing they find out is that something has been awoken inside both of them. Their worlds flipped upside down and turned inside out, they get thrust into an ancient world of mythology that they themselves had thought wasn’t real. Can they survive this journey?’
And this is a debut novel! The test will be the wait for the next installment: BX Hunter is one fine writer.
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