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Friday, August 17

Book Review: The Devil's Scribe

Author:  Alma Katsu
Title: The Devil's Scribe
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: ebook
First Published: March 13th, 2012
Where I Got It: Amazon

"After decades of running from her past, Lanore McIlvrae returns to America for the first time in 20 years to confront the source of her fear. The year is 1846 and Lanore—Lanny—has just landed in Baltimore after a long transatlantic crossing. That very night, she meets an “unattractive man with a high forehead and sunken eyes, and a tiny, pinched mouth like a parrot’s beak” who claims to write stories so dark and unsettling that he could be the Devil’s Scribe. His name? Edgar Allan Poe. Has Lanny finally met her match in this macabre man…or is it the other way around?"

I must give warning.......this is a short story, so things are bound to happen quickly and be rather, well, short. For this review I'll just divide this is two. ^.^:

What I Liked
Well, I really like Alma Katsu's writing for some reason. She has me rather hooked! I loved how she blended Edgar Allen Poe into Lanny's story. It made me smile and chuckle, even though this story was slightly on the darker side.

Which, whilst speaking of it, was another reason this book caught my interest. It has a small dark element like the full novel by Alma Katsu 'The Taker'. I'm so glad that Alma Katsu decided to share this extra story of Lanny's and it was fun. Well, the word "fun" may be a slightly wrong word to describe this book, but I so did enjoy this.

What I Disliked
Well...I'll try to be vague, because I don't want to spoil anything...

I wish that Lanny had gotten to know Edgar a little bit more, because as dark as he is I really adore him. That's pretty much all I disliked about this short story.

This was a fun read and I loved it even more because Edgar Allen Poe made a guest appearance to the story of Lanny from 'The Taker'. This was pretty clever and I give a round of applause to Alma Katsu! Even though I really did enjoy this, I had to keep reminding myself that this is a short story and short stories tend to be rather short. If you like 'The Taker' you'll enjoy this. Out of five stars I grant this 5 stars and I can't wait until I read the second book in the Taker series. 



Blodeuedd said...

I have to try something by her one day :)

Carole Rae said...

You should. She's a pretty good writer.