Saturday, May 27, 2017

Evil Speaks by Woffington - ADVISABLE

Woffington, S. Evil Speaks, 365 pages.  Red Summit Publishers, 2015.  $15 (available through Amazon).  Language: PG (3 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG (some innuendo); Violence: PG-13 (monster killing, battles)

Seven teenagers are on a head-long rush towards destiny.  Benny’s mother has just disappeared.  The others have been raised as wards of an exclusive private school – one that Benny vaguely remembers from his childhood.  Now that Benny’s mother has been taken, events are going to roll quickly.  After a disastrous confrontation with Benny’s grandfather (H. Adez – get it?), the teens find themselves voluntarily descending to Hell itself.  Them must conquer all of the Circles in order to retrieve the key that will allow them to fight the ultimate evil – their own grandparents, who also happen to be Lords of the Dead.  If they don’t succeed, the world as we know it will end.

Woffington’s saga is projected to take seven books to finish.  Because it is self-published, I can only hold out hope that this will come to pass.  The first book as definitely good enough to warrant a sequel.  The characters are compelling and the action is tight and all-encompassing.  Three of the characters have challenges (blind, deaf, paraplegic) and she manages to weave them skillfully in to the story.

MS – ADVISABLE.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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