Sunday, November 21, 2010

Review: The Demon Queen and the Locksmith by Spencer Baum

This engaging (and free!) YA novel was a treat! The story is about three teens in a mystery-plagued New Mexico town who stumble upon a supernatural-ish adventure involving a strange mountain, a missing radio announcer and mystery forces of evil, and something else entirely.

The first two thirds of the novel were excellent. It was a pleasure watching Jackie, Joseph and Kevin come to terms with the powers they were tapping into, and begin their little teen gumshoe routine. Toward the end, the story got a little too bogged down in the technical stuff, however. I started wanting to skip ahead a little.

That said, I did feel this was one of the better Smashwords books I've read---reasonably polished, entertaining and very original. Sort of across between early Dean Koontz and later Neil Gaiman. Very worth a read, if you like the horror genre. 3.5/5.

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