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Reaper’s Walk: Hellstone (Reaper's Walk #1)

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After 10 generations, the Reaper is coming to collect his due...

The dark witch, Umaa, was raised for one purpose: to punish the white men for taking her people as slaves. Her revenge was terrible. Harper’s Town burned along with every living thing within its boundaries. The price was to be her soul, but she cheated death and even cheated the Devil. Impressed, Satan postpon...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published October 11th 2012 by Greyhart Press
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M.L. Roos
There were a lot of things I loved about The Reaper's Walk: the plot development, the story, the characters and the theme. Don Frankilin created a world which incorporates just about every conceivable form of monster there is and turns them on two young women, Lita and Lydia.

Lita's grandmother calls her one day and says she needs to see her. When she arrives, her grandmother tells her the story of Umaa, a practitioner of dark magic. Interwoven in her tale are stories of Satan, curses, shapeshift...more
To begin with Reaper's Walk: Hellstone (which I henceforth might refer to as: RWH) is the start of an ambitious 5-book project by Vermont-based author, Don Franklin. This may be his first novel, but it's clear that he's no stranger to the world of contemporary fantasy fiction, as he draws on a melange of sources from European, African and American mythology to construct a dense weave of a tale that revolves around Lita Harper, her cousin Lydia, and their two witchy grandmothers (Dora and Eva) as...more
(This review may contain spoilers).

(I received this book as part of the '' offer by Grey Hart Press).

I was a bit hesitant about requesting this book, but finally decided that the idea sounded intriguing enough and I was in the mood for a horror book.

The idea was one that particularly caught my attention. Witches haven't quite got to the constantly irritating stage with me that vampires and werewolves have and even though there were both in this book, I was fairly eager to r...more
Bequeathed an unsuspecting legacy, Lita Harper has spent most of her life listening to tales surrounding the dark witch, Umaa. Stories about her ancestor have intrigued her from an early age. She knows that magic exists. She's had proof of it every day. Though, she's no longer sure as to whether the stories surrounding Umaa are really true.

An unexpected attack soon has her questioning that very fact. Delving into the secrets of her family's past, Lita soon realizes that there is definitely truth...more
Melissa Bryan
From the first sentence of this book, I was hooked…and the more I read the better it got.

How Mr. Franklin could come up with such a new and fresh story is just amazing. I love the way the book starts with the curse and then it explodes. What a great mind Mr. Franklin has…to not only imagine such a exciting adventure but to also put it into a book that makes you feel like you are in the middle of all that is going on. This book scared me but I couldn't put it down wanting to know what was going t...more
Georgina Morales
The premise for Reaper's Walk is tantalizing enough to grab your attention immediately, but it is it's development that will hold your breath hostage until the last page is turned. There is a bit of everything for true lovers of the genre, from witches to werewolves in a supernatural cauldron that encompasses demons, vampires, the Grim Ripper and even werecats. The pace is unrelenting and the author is at his best when detailing obscure passages of times long past. Reaper's Walk is the perfect s...more
Keke Chanel
All I can say is "Job well done"! This story is so intriguing from start to finish. It captures you with the name alone. Every creature from werewolves to panthers come into play, while Lydia and Lita begin their journey. I simply cannot wait until the next book in the series. Don Franklin proves to be a great storyteller with vivid imagery, well-researched and developed characters, and great word play. I look to have him around for many years to come. I would recommend this book to anyone who i...more
Jaime Jeffrey
Hmmmm. I don't know exactly what to say about this book. I definitely think it was too short. The last chapter, is where the book really started gettin good. It was a great premise, but the execution of it seemed wrong. I gave it 3 stars, b/c the premise was great. I don't want to judge it too harshly b/c it was the 1st book by this author. Since I'm a writer, I hope someone will give me the same courtesy. I think the authors execution will get better & I hope he's workin on the next part of...more
Don Franklin brings heart back to horror. Reaper's Walk is a great orginal idea. As you read this novel you feel the love and excitement for the genre that he loves, I rank Don as one of the best up and coming horror writers. Not since Joe Mckinney, has a first novel had so much love for horror, and been brought to life behind the words on the page. If you read one new writer this year I highly recommend Don Franklin.
It took me a few pages to get into this book but once I did I was hooked. The story is fast paced and combines elements of a horror story and a thriller.
This book sucks you into the story. I flew through it because it kept my attention and there was no lack of action/drama going on during the story.
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