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Thursday, May 24, 2018

REVIEW: Witch Hunter by J.Z. Foster @jzfosterauthor

Witch Hunter
by J.Z. Foster

Many thanks to the author for this copy!
What a fantastically comedic horror book to read... and I hear he's working on book two now 😃

Publish Date:  January 9, 2018
Kindle Edition
294 Pages
Series: Volume 1
Genres: Horror, Dark Comedy

A Dark Comedy with twists and turns!

The world is lying to you. Is that news? It must be very upsetting. 

Richard Fitcher found it upsetting. 

He’s a witch hunter who doesn’t believe in witches, and tonight he’s taking a reporter and her cameraman on a witch hunt. He’s all ready to jazz it up with spooky noises and a gimmicky magic ritual that locates witches. People like that kind of crap, right? But there’s a problem. 

It worked this time. 

So now Richard is forced to call up old knowledge and power he didn’t believe to be real, challenging things that crawled out of the pit, if he has any hope of surviving the night. But this loser might actually find some value—the pit does have a tendency to shave off your uneven edges—if it doesn’t kill you. 

Either way, it’s a lovely night for a witching. 

My Review:

A Witch Hunter who thought he was more role playing than real and who jumped at the chance to get some camera time with a reporter and her cameraman.  Turns out, things are much more real than he had imagined and now he must use what little skills he has to keep them all alive.

Richard is a funny character - he's part bumbling idiot, part wholesome hero and part the average guy who is trying to do something large with his life.  There were some face palm moments in the things he said or did but overall I found him to be a very lovable guy.  I always think that after watching Supernatural over and over again that if put in a situation where I had to fight any monsters, I would know EXACTLY what I had to do.  This is how I felt Richard was.  He practiced with things he didn't think was real and now had to implement his skills into a real life situation.

There's definitely a LOT of comedic relief in this book - as a matter of fact, I would consider this more comedy than anything.  Negotiating with a Wight with snacks! Ha!  The only character I found myself getting a tad bit irritated with was Minge - though I heard him in my head as a Bobby Singer type, I was exhausted hearing him say "son" and "boy" with almost every sentence. 

Foster can definitely write a story fluidly and this book is highly entertaining.  The cover gives it a more ominous feel than what the story provides and it wasn't until after I finished reading and realized even the first line in the synopsis calls it a "dark comedy", that I realized this is what the book is SUPPOSED to be. 

I definitely would've liked a little less levity and a little more horror with a fangy bite!  But that's just how I prefer my horror.  I'm VERY excited to read The Wicked Ones and Mind Wreck by Foster as these seem to be more on the darker, macabre side that will cater further to my black heart.

If you're looking for a dark comedy that'll have you laughing more than scared, this is definitely the route you should take!


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