Book Review: DRAUGR by Arthur Slade
“Are you afraid of the dead?”
Sarah Asmundson will discover the answer to that question. She is prepared for her grandfather’s scary stories, but is anything but prepared when events from the story about a draugr–a man who comes back from the dead–begin to happen around her. A tale to frighten and entertain the young and the young at heart.
“Draugr is guaranteed to scare from the first sentence: “Grandpa was going to murder us,” and the suspense doesn’t end until the last page.” — From Independent Publisher
“This story is wonderfully written, like ghost stories told around the campfire, but with a depth of details and great characters. The readers find themselves wrapped in a talk at once both exciting and addictive. You will not be able to put the book down.” — From Book Reviews and More
“Draugr is a higher class example of the horror genre that has so grabbed the present generation of young readers. And the bits of Norse mythology that are included are fascinating!” — CM Magazine
I knew I’d get a great read from the author of the bestselling series The Hunchback Assignments but, oh, how I loved this book! Taut, descriptive writing that sucks you into a storytelling atmosphere as potent as yarns whispered around the dying embers of campfires in days of old. This is a worthy descendent of Beowulf, sure to thrill brave middle graders, young adults, and… me!
I picked it up late at night and couldn’t put it down until I’d finished it. I loved the Icelandic family history, the proactive children, and the generational layers. As dark as life gets, this is a family that fights indomitably, as a team, to solve their problems. A seriously addictive, creepy, satisfying read. Take this one on your next camping trip if you want to keep everyone from grandpa to 12-year olds enthralled.