This week, our series on Tom Deitz’s David Sullivan books continues with Ghostcountry’s Wrath.
Always before, the threats facing David Sullivan, Calvin McIntosh, and their friends have been otherworldly in nature. That is to say, it has been a being or set of events from another world that causes the threat to home, health, or what have you. In this book, however, we’re introduced to a supernatural threat that originated on Earth, a man called Snakeeyes.
A witch in the tradition of Calvin’s people, Snakeeyes uses magic for evil and his own gain. What’s more, by killing people, he is able steal the years they otherwise might have had and use them himself. And now he’s after Calvin. Not for his life or his years, but for the magic and knowledge Calvin carries with him. Things Snakeeyes wants for himself.
To make matters worse, the spirits of those slain by Spearfinger have taken to haunting Calvin, not out of a desire for revenge, but out of dire need. They cannot move on with a part of themselves missing, the part that Spearfinger dug out of them and ate raw, as she killed them.
So now, Calvin, with help from friends both old and new, must brave the Cherokee Underworld, defeat an evil witch, and do it all without breaking his word to or angering the powerful beings from Galunlati that are keeping a very close eye on him, indeed.
Ghostcountry’s Wrath is a very interesting book. I still don’t see the trilogy of trilogies (mentioned in previous reviews), but I am seeing a very interesting build from the events of the first four books, through a shift in the fifth, and a changing trend tracking through the sixth and on to what little I know of the seventh, eighth, and ninth books (from reading the back covers).
I also very much enjoyed getting to glimpse events from the point of view of some characters who, until this point, had not had chapters written from their perspective. Sandy, for example, is Calvin’s girlfriend, and this is the first time we’ve seen through her eyes as the supernatural comes very strongly into the fore of her life.
The revelation of even more of the powers of Galunlati is also a welcome development. As the book begins, we meet the Four Lords of the Quarters (although Uki, who has been acting as Calvin’s mentor, we have met before). And later, another figure from Calvin and David’s past makes a surprise appearance.
Finally, I have to say that I found the slight twist at the end of the book very satisfying, and almost entirely unexpected.
I do still miss knowing what is happening in the worlds of Faerie, however. I can’t really complain, though, as it looks like the next book, Dreamseeker’s Road, will see the return of the things of Faerie…with a vengeance!
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