The Mark of the Shadow Grove by Ross Smeltzer ~ Book Review

Book Description: 

Daughters of the gathering dusk and students of blackest spellcraft, the women of the Schermerhorn clan are enigmas made flesh. Seers for time immemorial, they are keepers of primeval knowledge.

They are wise in the ways of the Old Religion. And they are destroyers of men.

Do the women of the Schermerhorn clan drive the men they encounter to their destruction? Or are their actions governed by specters on the periphery of human consciousness?

The Schermerhorn women will soon learn what dwells in the oldest books and what lurks in the flickering shadows beyond the candlelight.

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Check out our Interview & excerpt with Ross Smeltzer. 

About the Author: 

Raised in Chatham, New York, a small town in the Berkshires that looks like the setting for a Washington Irving story, Ross grew up surrounded by overgrown woodlands and tumbled-down, derelict farmhouses. He grew up with an awareness that the past was omnipresent, a slyly pervasive power and a subtle influence on the present.

Ross now lives in Dallas, Texas with his patient and endlessly supportive wife, a hopelessly brainless terrier, and an alarmingly unhinged cat. Ross works as a social studies teacher but writes fiction whenever he gets a chance. Sadly, he seems capable only of crafting stories of the weirdest kind. His imagination—apparently corrupted in adolescence by Hawthorne, Bierce, Machen, Lovecraft, and assorted other misanthropes, weirdos, and purveyors of high strangeness—can only manufacture demented little yarns.

Ross's fiction has appeared repeatedly in Bewildering Stories magazine, Quantum Fairy Tales, and Enchanted Conversation, an online fairy tale magazine.

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I enjoyed this book. At first I was really thrown off when I saw it was in three parts but not in chapters. I like chapters :) but this was still a really good read. It follows 3 different storylines, really it was time frames with different characters that are all some how attached to the first mysterious women name Katrina. The "witch" of the village who lives in the woods.

This is a very dark, occult type of story, creepy in spots. There is a book that everyone is after in each story and once it is read they disappear or go "insane", just reading Ross's book made me feel twisted and weird. It was like walking with the main characters. The book reads like a journal following the characters through that time frame and weird happens. It is sort of hard to explain without giving too much away. You really should read it but be prepared to go "insane" yourself.

I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. 

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received the above book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.*~


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