I’m doing a rare Retro Review Sunday, digging through the shelves for books from ages past that should be remembered. Today, I’m talking about an urban fantasy from 2008 called Dark Rain by author Tony Richards. I loved the ideas behind this book
ABOUT THE BOOK: Raine’s Landing, Massachusetts, can’t be located on any map. On the surface it appears an ordinary New England small town, but anyone who stumbles in wants to leave immediately . . . and once gone, they forget they were ever there. Real magic pervades this village of shadows, practiced by powerful adepts descended from the original Salem witches. But a curse has made it impossible for any resident to step beyond the town line. Those born here must die here as well. Ross Devries and Cassandra Mallory saw their worlds destroyed by magic run amok, and dedicated their lives to keeping supernatural catastrophe at bay. But now a being more terrible than anything they’ve ever encountered has just crossed over the border—a powerful entity no known magic can defeat; a fierce, ancient god who feeds on terror . . . and blood. A new nightmare is descending upon Raine’s Landing—and for Ross, Cass, and the entire trapped population there can be no escape . . . not even in death.
MY THOUGHTS: I loved this book, which teeters between urban fantasy and horror, with well-drawn, memorable characters and the creepiest kid ever. It draws on the Salem witches and brings them into a fascinating current world. This is one that will keep you up late, and maybe make you want to sleep with the lights on. And if you like it, Richards did publish a sequel.
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