Monday, 22 July 2013

Book Review: Warden #1 Wendigo Fever by Kevin Hardman

Goodreads blurb:
Part lawman, part tracker and part magician, the Wardens are monster-hunters - tasked with protecting the people from the various, nightmarish creatures that have invaded the world of men. However, despite being descended from a long line of Wardens, 16-year-old Errol Magnus believes it to be the absolute worst job on the planet: How could a single occupation simultaneously be the most boring, abominably stupid and extraordinarily dangerous profession imaginable?

But when his older brother Tom - the current Warden for their region - goes missing, Errol has no choice but to enter the Badlands, where monsters abide in mind-boggling numbers, to find him. During his search, Errol crosses paths with - and finds himself stalked by - the legendary Wendigo, a monster with preternatural strength and speed, as well as enhanced senses of sight, smell and hearing…and an insatiable hunger for human flesh.

Now Errol must do the impossible and not only escape from the monster (something no one has ever done before), but also avoid the unearthly legacy it leaves on all its victims - a terrifying curse known as Wendigo Fever.

 Here is my review:
*I received a free copy of this book from the author through Goodreads in return for an honest review*

Errol and his older brother Tom are Wardens, who patrol the Badlands keeping local people and their farms safe from the deadly creatures and monsters that live there, risking their lives on a daily basis. When Tom goes missing, it is up to young Errol to find his brother, while being tracked by the deadly Wendigo which devours human flesh.

Errol is the reluctant hero, forced to study monsters and train to be a Warden despite dreams of escaping to the City. Always in Tom's shadow and getting things wrong, he now has to step up and take on a seemingly unbeatable monster on his own, while searching for Tom. Errol is funny and likeable and is very easy to root for. Gale is interesting and not the usual whiny female or uberbitch that appear too regularly in this genre. The story is not over descriptive, focusing just on the important events and the various monsters that are introduced. Don't expect massive depth to the characters as this is not a long book, but enough is done to get you interested in them as you follow the journey. I liked reading about the different plants and monsters, and they were nicely used through the book as Errol battles the Wendigo.

So what was the down side to the book? Well, nothing really. I would personally have liked the book to be a bit longer, maybe a bit more detail about Errol's monster hunting-sharing a campfire story or two with Gale, or a longer tension filled hunt but that is minor nitpicking really. I think there could have been a bit more about what happened directly after the 'debt was paid', (I don't want to add spoilers but when you read it you'll probably know what I mean), but again it is a minor niggle. This book is enjoyable and doesn't take long to devour and I will certainly be interested in reading more about Errol's adventures.

Recommended for YA readers, and adults looking for a fun YA read.

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