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Coyote Rage

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Bram Stoker Award-Winning author Owl Goingback makes a triumphant return to horror and fantasy in this gripping new novel.
Coyote is on a murderous hunt, leaving behind a trail of carnage. The shape-shifter is determined to kill the human representatives to the Great Council in Galun’lati, eliminating the rule of mankind in the New World. But Raven has overheard the Tricks
Kindle Edition, 228 pages
Published February 6th 2019 by Independent Legions Publishing
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Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Winner of the 2019 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel for COYOTE RAGE (the author previously won the Stoker for Best First Novel with CROTA), along with an HWA Lifetime Achievement Award for 2019, Owl Goingback has crafted arguably his most enjoyable novel, a unique blend of dark fantasy and horror, sprinkled in with dashes of humor.

Sarah Reynolds and her husband Jack run a funeral home in Central Florida. Life is good until one day, while preparing a recent dead arrival for its funeral...somethi
Steve Wiggins
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coyote Rage is my Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge entry for an award-nominated book. Owl Goingback is a Native American writer and he’s been making a name for himself among horror fans. This novel seems to be part of an on-going series since it leaves us in a place where many issues are unresolved. It is a story told with a mix of serious horror and some humor. It takes the reader to another world. Coyote, of the title, is a shapeshifting member of the council in Galun’lati, the real world. ...more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Coyote Rage by Owl Goingback.

'Coyote Rage' seamlessly mixes Native American legend with modern suspense horror. We meet the spirits of Nature and see the importance of everything from the smallest plant to the largest animal living in balance. But what happens when that balance is diturbed? You'll have to read the book to find out.
Jaimie Engle
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an incredible supernatural suspense with so much Native American lore weaved into the plot, through characters that popped off the page, and through detailed imagery of beautiful and horrific scenes, making the movie come alive in my mind. This is my third book by this author and I fall more in love with his writing style and storytelling every time I read his work. If you like lore, mythology, mystery, a bit of blood, and a story of hope against all odds, you will love Coyote Rage.
Sandy Lewis
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was ok
This reviewer truly wanted to love this story. Didn’t happen; sadly. For a fairly quick read it took too long for the story to pick up; even with a high body count fairly early on in the telling. There are lessons to be learned because it reads like a parable BUT the end was abrupt and jarring. It has a very cliff hanger ending and this writer found it to be unsatisfying.
David Veith
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great, fast paced read. Very surprising deaths! Can not wait for the next one! Writing style just makes it seem to real, but without going into unnecessary details. Well written and fun read!
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Perfect Mix of Native American Folklore and Horror

Coyote Rage is a fun, horror-filled romp that transports the reader from the Native American spirit world to modern day Earth and back again. It’s a quick read that grabs the reader by the throat and doesn’t let go until the final sentence.

Mr. Goingback’s characters are where this book really shines. From an assuming field mouse to Coyote (the trickster god with a hatred for humanity) the denizens of Coyote Rage dance across the page and beckon
Becky Spratford
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Appears in my October 2020 take over of THE READERS' SHELF column in Library Journal:

Back in 1996, Owl Goingback won the Bram Stoker for Best First Novel himself for CROTA, and then this past April, he won again, this time earning the Best Novel statue for the captivating, dark fantasy COYOTE RAGE. The story follows two parallel dimensions: our human world and one of the shapeshifters. A change at the top of the Great Council in Galun'lati gives Coyote an
She' M
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
I wanted to love it, but I didn't and some of that is my fault. I never fell in love or hate with any of the characters. The book ended, and I never new anything about anyone besides names and occupation. I knew that Sarah and her husband enjoy a drink or two. I knew that The Trickster is gonna trick. But that's it.
I didn't hate the villains or truly root for the heroes, and here's where my own fault came in: I've been preconditioned to look to the younger characters to be the hero (hello, agei
Dallas Kitchens
What can I say, but wow. Just finished this, and the story line was a non stop roller coaster ride. I could not read this fast enough. Owl is amazing, he is a natural born story teller. His books Crota, and breed are some of the best books I've ever read. Do yourself a favor if you haven't read Owl, then your missing out. The idea of shapeshifters is something I have never read before, I've heard of it. Now thanks to Owl I will always be on the lookout for coyote talking to Owls. Ps Raven is a k ...more
Cory Cline
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Easily one of my favorite books to read this year. Owl Goingback is a natural story teller who tells a beautifully paced novel with some of the coolest characters I've had the pleasure of meeting in fiction. If any book deserves a Netflix series, this is the one. Raven and Coyote leap off of the page.

Is this book the first in a series? I hope so and eagerly await more shape shifting magic from Owl Goingback. Read this book.
Brad Hodges
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Coyote Rage, a great title with a great cover, won the 2020 Bram Stoker Award for Best Horror Novel. It's not a classic, and I think it inspired more smiles from me than shivers, but it's a lot of fun if it isn't taken too seriously. The author is Owl Goingback, also a great name.
Although it is definitely not for children, as the violence is graphic and ever-present, Coyote Rage is written in a YA style, making it easy to read in an afternoon. The events that occur are told so matter-of-factly t
Wyrd Witch
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, horror
3.5 stars.

When I heard a horror novel about the trickster Coyote ended up winning a Stoker, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Besides my own studies in literature, my job as a teaching assistant, and my work on this blog, I also study folklore in my free time.

Trickster figures happen to be one of my favorite archetypes to study. They’re liminal figures, and they very often surprise you with what they’ll do. One minute, a trickster will steal you blind or even mutilate you. Another minute, they
Dean Italiano
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book won the Stoker Award for best fiction, and I can see why.

A story that takes place in both our "New" world and the Spirit World, allows for a lot of imagery that we don't normally get to see in horror. Owl delivers scenes that are unique, and make a strong visual impact.

There were a couple of little things that didn't jive with me, mostly the rolling head. I understand that the magical world has no boundaries, but that didn't fit with the rest of the characters or otherworldly beings
Goingback says in his interview with SciFi Pulse ( that his hope for his readers is that “they have as much fun with the story as I did. After all, the main purpose of writing a novel is to entertain, to allow the reader to put aside their problems, leave the mundane world, and go off on a little adventure. I want them to smile, laugh, fall in love with the characters, and look nervously over their shoulders during the scary parts…”

I did smile and laugh,
Darth Miky
Dec 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: winterlist
Il raccontare il folklore dei nativi americani è senza dubbio la carta vincente di questo romanzo, insieme al ritmo incalzante e allo stile leggero. Il tono YA contrasta in modo piacevole con i momenti più crudi, si alternano capitoli divertenti ad altri pieni di sangue.
Il finale non esiste, nel senso che, senza un secondo capitolo, la storia risulta troncata sul più bello, a pochi metri dall'ultimo rettilineo prima del traguardo. Possibile che davvero non sia previsto un secondo libro?
Andy Madajski
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really got into this book. The writing style itself was a bit pedestrian, but the plot was so well-paced and exciting that it carried me through. I enjoyed the use of Native American folk tale characters set in the modern world. Unfortunately, this is the first book in a series, I think, so the ending was a bit of a cliffhanger. I never care for that. Even in a series, each book should be able to stand on its own.
Sep 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this small book. The writing was good. The book was along the lines of a Harry Potter book. Two worlds existed, the human world and the animal world. Some could live in both worlds, certain people could talk to animals, some could become man or an animal.
The story was the standard story of good verses evil. The lines between good and evil are not blurred. Most of the story took place around central Florida. Many landmarks were mentioned. An added bonus for reading the book.
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
If not for the mass murder scene (and a couple other killings) this could have been a YA novel. Disney level scary, not sure how this won the Stoker award.

Goingback’s referring to his Native American influenced mythical creatures as “Wolf”, “Raven”, etc just kept me thinking of the “Frog and Toad” children’s books

And it abruptly ends without really concluding things.
Brian Clopper
Jun 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I've really liked all the other books by Goingback, but this one just didn't feel as strong. For one, it felt like the story didn't end, like it should go on for another 70 pages or so and show the final showdown. Character deaths felt trite and undeserved. ...more
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this unusual read by Owl Goingback - this one is a horror but it is also fantasy. Shape shifters, different worlds and adventure pack these pages, definitely a fun read that I recommend to those who are a fan of Owl's or other types of horror. ...more
Jonathan Kemmerer-Scovner
Aug 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
There were a few gory bits but I did not find it especially suspenseful or scary.
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Interesting and fast-paced. I hope there is a sequel.
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Some of the POVs in the story definitely function better than others. The husband/wife dynamic didn't work for me, but I LOVED everything with the old shaman and the animals. ...more
Florence M
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful storytelling

I loved the characters and enjoyed the way the story flowed. I'm definitely going to read more from this author.
Jan 21, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 I will be looking for more books by Goingback. Suspenseful, no frills, fast paced horror. HOWEVER, I could have used an ending. I feel like 25% of the novel is missing.
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Any Coyote story is an instant love for me. Especially one that's this bloody. ...more
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My first introduction to Owl Goingback’s writings was his collection Tribal Screams, which I loved. This book also contained a taster to Coyote Rage and I was pretty certain I would read the novel when it came out. Here I am, some months later and the book lies finished at my side. Goingback weave’s his story between the modern world and Native American mythology, creating a unique blend of fantasy and horror.
As the last human member of the Great Council of Galun’lati lives out his remaining day
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