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Thursday 7 November 2019

Review: The Devouring Gray

Descended from one of the town’s founding families, Violet Saunders isn’t sure what to expect when she relocates to the town of Four Paths.

Uprooted from the city to this half buried small town in the woodlands of New York, nothing is what it seems. 

Newly arrived and still recovering from her sister’s death, Violet finds her neighbours treat her distantly and with an air of fear. 

Living with her Aunt Daria, who has dementia and her mother Juniper in an old run down, overgrown house, Violet feels those opinions could be justified.

With townspeople missing and bodies starting to turn up in the woods the whole town is on edge. 

Secrets start to emerge; alliances will be tested and friendships damaged. Because lurking on the edge of town is the gray which is home to the beast who does his best to lure unsuspecting victims into his clutches including Violet’s mother, Juniper.

As secrets emerge, Violet learns the town is under the control of the Hawthornes. In fact, the Sheriff is Augusta Hawthorne and her two children Justin and May with their inherited powers are what keep the town safe. The town’s safety relies on them and other founding family’s children including Isaac and Harper who use the Deck of Omens to learn about impending danger.

However, while only one branch of the family can inherit powers at a time, these powers can sometimes wreak destruction. To inherit the powers, a ritual must be performed which is a dangerous undertaking. Upon learning of her connection to the town, Violet realises she can raise the dead with one touch.

With the town teetering on the brink of chaos, Augusta will do anything to keep everything together and under control. This includes manipulating her children, stealing memories and sacrificing lives.

Could Augusta be a bigger threat than the beast lurking in the gray? Will Justin redeem himself and save the one he loves? Will Violet regain her self-worth and be the town’s saviour?

Author Christine Lynn Herman has combined fantasy with horror in this page-turner that highlights teenage self-esteem, angst and identity issues.

Title: The Devouring Gray
Author: Christine Lynn Herman
Publisher: Titan Books, $19.99
Publication Date: 1 May 2019
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781789090253
For ages: 14+
Type: Young Adult Fiction