A grim and compelling new vision of The Old West, filtered through Norse and Native American myth. The old man had lost nearly everything- his family, his home, his war. Now, after years of bloody conflict, he must confront a malevolent cosmic entity to save his only son.
Armed with little more than steel and hatred, the old man embarks on a hopeless war against the devouring gods from beyond the stars and their agents on Earth. Leaving a trail of bullets and bodies from Oakland to Omaha, he battles witches, evangelical cannibals, Native shamans, and possessed lawmen.
His final stop: an accursed railroad town where the old man will make a final stand for his son's life against the first amongst the Devourers - the dark titan, Thurs.
I have always been fascinated by ancient mythologies, so this book definitely caught my interest. It takes place during what seems to be the end of the civil war. Emmett and his Native American mother were left at home while his father, a white man, was off fighting in the war. Emmett was 16 and his mother became deathly ill. Medicines and doctors couldn't heal her so Emmett decides to connect with his mother's father who is a shaman. Unfortunately, his grandfather is also dying and is not in his right mind. He offers Emmett a way to save his mother by contacting an ancient spirit. This is where the Native and Norse mythology comes into the story with ancient Gods, witches, giants, and other beings. Overall, it was a great story with a great narration. Jason Sprenger has the perfect voice for this story.
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I would like to state that I know nothing about the historical wild west or even the typical tropes involved in this genre.
As a non-native English speaker it was a bit exhausting in the beginning to listen to the drawled accent of the reader, but after some getting used it it was actually remarkably easy to understand considering how different it still sounds.
The main protagonists of the story are intriguingly shaded on the moral spectrum. (Though a bit overpowered in a „perfect male fantasy“ way.) Everything they do, good or bad, is very relateable to the reader/listener I think. The „big bad“ however was not written in this way at all. The evil entity is just evil because it‘s evil. It comes form a place of evil and all it wants to do is eat babies. No explanation is given as to the motives or personality of the opponent. We are given a clear side of the conflict to root for, even though that side is not squeaky clean and saintly either.
The plot was interesting and unpredictable. Overall I had a good time, even though it did not win me over to the genre of grimdark western permanently.
Where does The Devoured rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
What a great story and absolutely brilliant narration!
What did you like best about this story?
Everything about it was fantastic
Who was the most memorable character of The Devoured and why?
I enjoyed all of them, and the story immensely.
Any additional comments?
This was a great story and the narrator was just PERFECT for this story! Well done, and I would most definitely (and have already) recommended this story to others. Yay!
THE DEVOURED is an insane read. Insane, I say!
A man leaves his wife and child to fight in the civil war. His wife, (and therefore his son, Emmett), are of native American heritage and while the man is gone, his wife becomes ill. Emmett, big for his age of 16, decides to seek out his mother's father, a Shaman, (from whom she's been estranged), to request a cure for her illness. Can she be cured? And if so, WILL she be cured? Lastly, what is the price for that cure? You'll have to read this to find out!
This book seems to have elements of everything. By that, I mean it has a western feel to it, along with some Norse mythology, (Thurs, giants, Utgard, at one point there was a large tree- Yggdrasil?), witches, cannibals, and I don't even know what else. You might think that there is just too much going on, but somehow Curtis Lawson pulls it all together within the framework of a man trying to save his family.
I especially liked the characters of the old man, (I'm not sure if he was ever named?), and his companion, a young black boy named Hank. At first, I liked Emmett, but his turn down a dark road changed that by the time it was all over.
It took a while for everything to gel for me, because there was a lot going on, but when it did, I was impressed by the skills on display. Lawson's knowledge of history and mythology is impressive. I was feeling slightly off balance due to all the different aspects of the tale, but I finally stopped worrying that I was missing something and just let the story sweep me along. And that it did, right up to the brick wall that is the denouement. It was just the type of ending that I love!
I listened to this book on audio, which was narrated by Jason Sprenger. I've never listened to his narrations before, but I thought he was excellent. His voicing of the different characters was very good, but his main voice was the BEST, reminding me of Sam Elliott at times.
Overall, this book was just plain FUN! A mixed up combination of genres, mythology, American history and more, I can't think of another book or author, (well, maybe Tim Curran?), that can blend such things successfully. Curtis Lawson did so, and did it in spades.
*I received a digital copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*
Curtis has a keen eye for details that helps to paint vivid landscapes and strong characters, that are both a joy to encounter. His overall prose draws you in and keeps you interested until the bitter end, leaving you wanting more.
The dark rich tapestry woven from the perspective of the confederate soldiers is extremely unique and oddly satisfying. This is embodied by the label of "Yank" for the devoured unnatural creatures wearing the similar color of blue, either on skin or tattered clothing.
The use of past/present storytelling keeps the reader guessing until the bitter end.
This story really comes to life when narrated, the gravely voice of the narrator lending an authenticity to the words.
If you're a fan of old-school, in your face fiction, then I highly recommend purchasing The Devoured. The writing style is reminiscent of writers such as Robert E. Howard and Robert Bloch, while the subject walks along the cracks of all that is taboo in today's society. Obviously, because of some of the subject matter, this book is not for everyone. But if one were to take certain words in context of the time it takes place, it should be no problem whatsoever. I'll be checking out more work by Curtis M. Lawson!
Just an outstanding job done by the narrator and the author. This book held my interest and I couldn't wait until the next scene. The writer wrote in such excruciating detail, I really felt I was observing each scene. Well done!.
I realize my star review and headline are at odds and I want to clarify. This book is expertly written and performed. Semi spoilers ahead.
I won't recommend a book, though I would never call for censorship of a book, that includes a half-redeemed confederate soldier who uses the N word while under strain and under-aged supernatural sex.
If that kind of thing bothers you, I'd say skip this book. If not and you like dark fantasy fiction or light horror, you will enjoy this one and it's masterfully crafted.
I enjoyed this book especially as it's an audio book. A good story and well developed