Thursday, April 10, 2014

Review for The Seventh Sons of Sycamore by Domino Finn

This is my review for the Seventh Sons of Sycamore.  All opinions expressed are my own and were in no way influenced by anyone else.

I haven't read a supernatural book for awhile, so I decided to pick up this book purely because it involved werewolves.  It seems everyone has been writing about vampires lately, so it was kind of nice to see the werewolves getting some ink!

The story is set in the small town of Sanctuary, Arizona.  The local police station is also the medical clinic and most of the municipal building as well.  Maxim Dwyer is a detective in a surprisingly large police force for such a small town.  The local motorcycle club, The Seventh Sons, has been on his radar for a long time and even rumors that the club is a haven for werewolves doesn't stop him from trying to mete out justice where he believes that it needs it.

Maxim is dealing with the disappearance of his wife two years previous when a stranger walks into his town and becomes embroiled in a murder at the local bar that just happens to be frequented by the Seventh Sons.  Suddenly Maxim has the chance to circumvent the protection that city officials have been giving the motorcycle club to investigate the murder and along the way he begins to see just how deep the secrets surrounding the club and his city go.

The story is a decent one, but it was a bit difficult to follow at times.  The mystery and thrill becomes less about the motorcycle club and the werewolves themselves and becomes more about the actions of a lone wolf from the CDC and rabies.  I was very interested in this part of the book and to have an almost logical explanation of where werewolves come from.

Unfortunately the characters don't hold up quite as well.  They're shallow and one dimensional.  It was hard to have any sympathy for any of the protagonists or to even get a very clear picture of who they are.  They are their motivations.  I was a little sad to see so little of the werewolves themselves.  A lot of time was spent talking about them and building up to a boiling point where they would show their fur, but it was a very long time coming and for me, the action simply didn't live up to the build up.

It was still a good story and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a different perspective on werewolves or those who are interested in a pretty decent crime thriller.  All in all, I think I would give this book three stars.  It was pretty middle of the road for me.

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