Standalone or series?
Poetry / Rhyming Saga
Official Blurb About The Book (From the Amazon Page)
The tradition of Hallowe'en has eroded away over the years until it is celebrated only by the good folk of White Horse Hill.
Nightfall at Hallowe'en. The elders of the clan have appointed Robert, aged just seventeen, as their "Lord of Misrule". He will light up the night sky of the dark winter months. He will lead the good people of White Horse Hill in chasing away the ghosts and demons, the witches and apparitions, that would frighten good folk and keep them indoors on winter nights. The fires are lit and the celebrations begin.
But something unexpected happens.
The stage is set for a cataclysmic showdown between the all the forces of evil, determined to smash Hallowe'en and all its fun and laughter, and the forces of good, represented by Robert and his folks. On the outcome depends the whole future of Hallowe'en. Even whether Hallowe'en will continue to exist.
This is a short story suitable for everyone, consisting of 500 lines of rhyming prose. There are a few illustrations throughout.
How did I get this book?
Author requested a review via the website
Why did I choose to read this book: Because I do love Halloween Legends!
And Now To The Review!
If the author hadn't reached out I would never have given this a second glance. The cover just does not work for this sort of book and I would suggest it being replaced as soon as possible if the author hopes to do well with it.
Poetry is definitely not for everyone, but general rhyming prose sagas (if done well) can be fabulous. They remind me of Shakespeare which again, is not for everyone but I personally enjoy it. This saga is well written, the prose is well constructed and the meter is consistent which makes for easy read. The story mixes known and original folklore in a clever way making the story interesting. That being said, the pictures inserted (obviously with the intention of breaking up the very long prose) were distracting and it was clear that they were probably used more for their free content than because they added anything to the story.
If you enjoy poetry then if you can get past the cover and ignore the images it is definitely worth a read, especially if you have the Kindle Unlimited option. (If you don't you can try it free for 30 days at the link above). I would highly recommend the author looks at getting a more professional cover and removing the internal images and replacing them with simple, ornamental breaks instead.
A 3 1/2 stars rounded up to 4 as my Amazon rating with a note that the Prose itself is worth 4 stars.
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