Book Review: DRAUGR by Arthur Slade

By Posted in - On Reading on May 21st, 2011 4 Comments

Draugr

Ebook By Arthur Slade
Published: Feb. 02, 2011
Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
Words: 42897

Description

“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

Lia’s reaction:

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.

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(4) awesome folk have had something to say...

  • Dee White - Reply

    May 22, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Sounds like an engrossing book, Lia,

    I love reading stories that combine history, creepiness and great storytelling.

  • Robert Sloan - Reply

    May 24, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Thank you for reviewing this. It sounds really good. I love Norse and Icelandic myth but hadn't run into the draugr yet, so this is a special treat. Sounds like it's not the usual ghost or vampire story!

  • Elizabeth Varadan - Reply

    June 3, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Great review, Lia. I'm not usually into horror stories, but the historical aspect sounds intriguing, as well as the fact that generational stuff comes in.

  • LiaKeyes - Reply

    June 5, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Hope you'll take a look, guys. I don't make a habit of reviewing books; only ones I've loved. 🙂

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