Wednesday, 12 September 2012

The Mirrored Blade by Ian Woodhead

This is the story of a pair of knives that possess souls. Andrea goes into her husbands study one day and finds a rusty old blade on his desk. In picking it up she has no idea that she has set a chain of events in motion that will change all their lives. Fast forward five years and her brother Gareth is determined to track down Andrea's killer. All he finds is one of the blades, and once again a chain of events is set off and now him and a misfit group of kids plus Andrea's husband must try and stop a madman from opening a rift between here and the realm of the dead.

This was a great story. It was a classic good versus evil story with a paranormal twist. The characters were solid and the pace was quick and speedy. I liked the switch in points of view at each chapter change, it kept things fresh and gave us a glimpse of what was going on on the other side of the story. This is longer than Ian usually writes and I felt it was better for it. It gave the characters a chance to develop and for the readers to care about them. This is a different offering from Ian, and I totally recommend it. In places it was reminiscent of Stephen King.

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