Thursday, December 1, 2011

Review of the Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey

Simon & Schuster
Books for Young Readers
The Curse of the Wendigo
by Rick Yancey
4 Scribbles
The reader will learn more about Dr. Warthrop through the eyes of Will Henry than they ever expected in book two of the Monstrumologist series. Why is Dr. Warthrop short-tempered? Why does he have trouble showing affection, and why does he only love the gruesome world of monsters? The answers become clear as Dr. Warthrop and Will Henry travel into the frigid Canadian wilderness to find a lost fellow monstrumologist who is also Dr. Warthrop’s best friend. There, they make a gruesome discovery—humans are being impaled and skinned—possibly while still alive. The murderous culprit seems to be the notorious Wendigo, a vampiric creature who hungers eternally and who seeks to destroy not only Warthrop’s friend, but possibly Will Henry himself. Snippets of Warthrop’s past, his love-life, his failed friendships, and his dark tendencies all become more evident in this tale. As in book one, Yancey creates a prose true to the language of the period and a setting that whisks the reader back in time. Advanced readers and lovers of the cold, gothic world of book one will revel in the gore of book two, and leave the conclusion ready for book three, The Isle of Blood, already available in bookstores.

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