Crowmaster Review (Delay Explained)

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So, yes, I’m late with this review by a few days, but for those of you that don’t know, I don’t have an internet-enabled PC at home (and the laptop I do have has a broken screen, which gives me a headache); as such, I don’t have a lot of free time to write this blog, as much as I would love to. The time I have is already pretty full with job-hunting, and getting my comic back off the ground (more on that later). If it weren’t for this smart phone’s WordPress app, you wouldn’t even be reading this now.

But it is thanks to this app that you’re reading this, so let’s get to it.

THE CROWMASTER is the third book in the chilling and, quite frankly, absolutely brilliant INVISIBLE FIENDS series by Barry Hutchison. And if MR MUMBLES was an homage to the classic slasher movies, and RAGGY MAGGIE was (unintentionally) close to Saw, then CROWMASTER is classic Hitchcockian on all levels. It has mystery, suspense, thrills, chills, and birds.

Oh, lord, the birds…!

We pick up a short time after the events of RAGGY MAGGIE, and Kyle is being shipped-off to his Aunt’s in the countryside. The reasoning behind this, you see, is the further Kyle is from his home, and the events of the last two books, the less likely his imagination will be to get him into trouble.

Yeah… I don’t have to tell you that this particular plan goes south sooner rather than later. A few chapters in, and already someone dies (no one major, so put those Spoiler Hammers down). And the way they die…! Ugh, let’s just say I’m not going anywhere near train toilets, ever again.

After escaping to the country, things seem to calm down as planned, and you’re forgiven to believe that maybe – just maybe – the rest of the book involves picnics and tree-climbing…

And then the CROWMASTER himself turns up, and I will never go near a scarecrow again (so thank you, Barry; that’s TWO things I’m now scared of due to this book). What follows is an intense, terrifying assault on the Aunt’s county house, and yet another nail-biting climax.

If you’re not reading INVISIBLE FIENDS by now, you may very well be dead. Another brilliant addition to the series.

Rating: 4/5

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Testing, Testing…!

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Just checking if this new app works…

If so, expect a review (or two, just to make up for list time) by the end of the weekend. One will DEFINITELY be the chilling CROWMASTER by Barry Hutchinson, the other… Well, who knows?

Not me, that’s for sure.

Until then!

Dave