My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Beginning twenty-five years after the sacrifice of a small boy in Hobarron’s Hollow to vanquish evil and hold back the Demontide – there’s now a new sacrifice on the menu. A new boy on the chopping block!
Fifteen year-old Jake Harker is a horror comic fan, thanks to his dad, Adam, who also has a keen interest in things that go bump in the night. Not surprising really, when his mum and dad both work at the Hobarron Institute that is run by the creepy Dr. Gordon Holmwood. Who knows what sort of mischief goes on in there?
When Jake witnesses the murder of Olivia by a ringmaster and then later his mother’s death, evil threatens to take over his life and control him. On top of that someone has kidnapped and drugged his father, and the only one who can save him is Jake. No pressure!
What happened to the murdered girl and the events that lead from it, all amalgamated in a wonderful, satisfying conclusion and I cannot wait for the next two books in the trilogy to come out! Fantastic!
I just couldn’t put this book down, and was pleased to get hold of the ARC version of this since I collect them. I appreciate there may be typos and missing pictures, but for me that is part of the fun! I do miss out on the absolutely fabulous cover that is on the book in the shops though! A small price to pay.
Hussey is definitely one to look out for. If you like Darren Shan and Anthony Horowitz type YA fantasy books for boys then you will love, love, love this!
Contrary to popular myth, William Hussey WAS born on Planet Earth – more precisely in the London borough of Hounslow. The Hussey family has been touring with fairgrounds and circuses for centuries and, in the 1800s, William’s great-grandfather had the honour of meeting the legendary Elephant Man!
Early in his life, William and his family settled in the seaside town of Skegness and William spent many a spine-tingling summer helping his uncle, who owned the town’s scariest ghost train!
From the age of 8, William lived in a house his dad had built next to an old churchyard. For the next few years the family were disturbed by a ghostly presence – a little old lady in black, her face criss-crossed with deep lines, who used to walk the corridors at night! William saw her on only two occasions, but he often heard her footsteps passing his window. He hears them still… in his dreams…
During the summer holidays, William was entrusted to the care of his grandfathers. They would take him on long walks through the countryside and would make up stories to order: tales full of werewolves, vampires and ghouls! His grandfathers also gave him his love of books – especially tales mystery and imagination, like the Sherlock Holmes stories.
After studying English, Psychology and Law at college and university, William became a lawyer, but found the world of judges and barristers far too boring! So he quit! He wrote a couple of books for grown-ups before being inspired by his little nephew Johnny to write one for kids. He had so much fun writing this book – Witchfinder: Dawn of the Demontide – that he has gone on to write many more, including Witchfinder: Gallows at Twilight; Witchfinder: The Last Nightfall; Haunted; The Nightmare Eater; and Turn Her Face To The Wall.
Find William at www.williamhussey.co.uk