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Crone by Jeannie Wycherley
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Crone is a dark occult fantasy, a story about an evil, ancient, dark witch that terrorizes a small town. Rising from her slumber over and over through decades and generations to hunt and feed off the breath and souls of humans.

Little more than a mummified corpse, she unfolded her outer layer in a shower of dust and dry mould. Her skin, what remained of it, creaked like ancient leather and her flesh stretched taut over foul stringy innards.

Wycherley creates a haunting and eerie atmosphere right from the beginning pages. Luring the reader into her dark, twisted world with a fast-paced and shocking introduction that sets up the story as an emerging dark fantasy with an antagonist that is both horrifying and enticing. Her attention to the horror aspect of dark fantasy is well realized in the first few chapters and the antagonist’s character is developed in such away that there is no mistaking the genre and the audience that the author is writing for.

This evil that has taken so many lives in the small town of Abbots Cromleigh over the years is back once more, determined to wreak havoc, seek vengeance, and open the portal between worlds that will once again unite her with her sisters. Wycherley’s list of unique and interesting characters, range from immortal guardians; witches who have dedicated their lives to protect the large oak tree that acts as a sentinel blocking the portal from the dark witch, to a woman who is emotionally broken by the death of her son. Each is multi-dimensional, engaging, and an effective part of driving the story forward.

Vengeance both good and evil is a main theme running through this story, whether it’s the rage driving the ancient witch or the guilt, sorrow, and hatred that spurs the mother who has lost her son. Each brings to light the uniqueness of the human experience and how individuals react differently to tragedy and loss. One of my favorite things about Wycherley’s antagonist is her backstory. The author chose not to make her evil for evil’s sake but a product of her environment, her situation, and her life.

Crone had an ending that was both unique, creative, and had a surprising twist, a bonus to an already well-developed story that keeps the reader on edge, fascinated, and hooked. Wycherley has a talent for storytelling and a penchant for the macabre which is displayed beautifully within the pages of Crone. If you enjoy dark fantasy like I do, then this book will not disappoint. An exceptional read from a Indie author.
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Reading Progress

June 12, 2017 – Shelved (Paperback Edition)
June 12, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read (Paperback Edition)
January 3, 2018 – Started Reading
January 3, 2018 – Shelved
January 6, 2018 –
page 48
17.02% "Evil witches are not just in fairytales!"
January 8, 2018 –
page 114
40.43%
January 9, 2018 –
page 132
46.81%
January 17, 2018 – Finished Reading

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