Hello readers, I hope your weekend was as good as mine! For this week’s blog post we will be reviewing The Fearing, Book one: Fire and Rain by John.F.D.Taff which was very Kindly sent to me by Grey Matter press for a fair and honest review. Before we get down to it, let’s read that handy blurb to see exactly what it’s about:
Humanity faces a series of catastrophes spawned by a worldwide event that unleashes all of mankind’s greatest fears.
In the American high desert, vacationers returning from a road trip are thrust into a heart-stopping flight from death as they try to avoid a cataclysmic end. In rural Missouri, the lives of a group of high school students are destroyed after their small town is devastated and they’re forced to confront the end of everything they’ve ever known.
And on the eastern seaboard, there’s someone else. An enigmatic man who thrives on despair and embraces all fear. A man with his own dark and sinister goals. Someone who wants to ensure humanity goes out with the biggest bang possible.
At only 98 pages, this is a quick and absorbing read. As a result, the reader is immediately thrown into the deep end. The action sequences are still nicely spaced to allow an ever growing momentum towards and answer that the reader never receives in this first book in the series. What I was seriously impressed with, was Taff’s ability to make a character fully formed and three dimensional in only a few pages and interactions. He has an uncanny ability of revealing his character’s true natures and in this case, their darkest fears, without it feeling rushed or forced. I found myself instantly drawn to and simultaneously creeped out by Adam and his dark, supernatural abilities. I was routing for the teenage survivors Sarah and Kyle’s budding romance and I love the motley crew of elderly survivors aboard the tourist bus, particularly their badass driver Rich. Despite these characters being of all ages, genders and backgrounds and despite being scattered around the USA, their fates and fears are inextricably linked by the strange, earth shattering phenomena sweeping the country and I for one am DESPERATE to find out exactly what is going on and who of all of these characters, will survive (Please Rich, Sarah and Kyle).
As you can probably already tell, I loved this book. It is a truly original and exciting read which leaves you wanting more. My only complaint would be the fact that the book has been split up into four separate small parts. I liked the story so much, I want to read it in its entirety and I am a little irritated I have to wait. Still, that’s a pretty good negative to have thrown at a book and it demonstrates just how well the plot and characters got their hooks in me as a reader and I have a feeling the other parts will be worth the wait. I’m giving it 4.5 stars out of 5 ND I am only marking it down slightly because they are making me wait. Book Two: Water and Wind will be released August 20th and is available for pre-order now.
Thanks to Grey Matter Press and John himself for sending me this copy, I genuinely enjoyed every bit of it. What about you readers, have you read this or any of Taff’s other works? What did you think? Leave me a comment below and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to keep up to date with all my latest articles, books reviews and pieces of original writing.