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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.

©2017 Curtis M. Lawson (P)2017 Curtis M. Lawson

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  • 06-25-18

Dark Historical Fantasy with some great twists

I kindly received a copy of the audiobook from the author with the option to leave a review. So here goes:

Alright, check this out for a hook - an ex-Confederate soldier rescues an African-American kid from a hillbilly cannibal while endeavouring to rescue his half-native American son from the gods of Utgard. Yes, that Utgard. Good start?

Call this historical fantasy. It's nicely rooted in what we generally consider the Old West, but spans most of the fledgling USA. The plot revolves around the father and son, with them alternating chapters for the most part. The father (the Old Man) is likable enough, an interesting character who could have been a dull stereotype, but you root for him throughout as he fights all manner of witches and ghouls as he searches for his son.

The son, Emmett, is the sympathetic one. Told in a time lapse, Emmett is left with his mother when his father joins the Civil War. The mother falls ill, and Emmett takes it upon himself to save her. However, at just 16 and treated with disdain almost everywhere he goes due to his heritage, Emmett is left with some bad choices, which set the whole story on it's downward spiral.

Extremely well written, and narrated, the story oozes darkness from start to end, and is likely not to everyone's taste. However, if you like your fantasy dark and gritty, I would suggest you check this one out.

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The Devoured

I went back and forth with this one. I enjoyed it, but it still took a while for me to get into it. It wasn't that it was poorly written or anything, it was that there was so much going on that details got lost in there for me. I really liked the ending. I think it was perfect for the book. I also really enjoyed that nobody was left untouched in this story. It was messy and dirty and dark. The writing was well done and the narration was really good.

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Excellent story

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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Grimdark that pulls you in and doesn't let go.

The pace was great, the plot was grim and at-the-edge-of-your-seat good. Emmett was thrust into a world changing journey after meeting his grandfather. Emmett's father can't be stopped by anything, he will find his son and not even the gods will stand in his way. I loved the split PoV between the two characters and also Hank. The symbolism, use of rhetorical descriptors, and the smoothness of the narrator's voice made this novel one of the most enjoyable listens that I've had during lockdown.

Overall, Grimdark/10. Get it, it's worth the credit.

Although I received this audiobook as a free promotion, it in no way affected my review. This novel is seriously good, try it out.

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Robert E. Howard meets Louie LaMore

Fun, wild ride, mixing elements of western along with supernatural and cosmic horror. Witches, gods, cult members, and hardcore lawmen. The author’s writing style is engaging and pulls you along. The narrator also makes it feel like a real Wild West tale.

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Cleverly written story

This was a Mashup of different genres that surprised me but it really worked well. Highly enjoyed listening to this.

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Fantastically dark all around...

The Devoured by Curtis M. Lawson and narrated by Jason Sprenger is a unique dark fantasy that kept my interest and left me wanting more. I highly recommend if dark fantasy is your thing.

What’s it about? The summary tells it well and if that peaks your interest, you should def be listening. Emmett’s mother is sick and he searches for a cure which leads him to his shaman grandfather in the Paiute tribe. Emmett’s world changes forever after this meeting. Meanwhile the old man (Emmett’s father) is searching for his son to rescue him from the Gods of Utgard. The old man gets a tag along named Hank. You get trolls, magic, witches, the undead, cannibals, and other creatures. The story alternates between Emmett and his father (the old man) and occasionally Hank. The story flowed nicely and the narration is smooth.

The narrator, Jason Sprenger, was a perfect fit for this book. He brought a real feel to the Old West world. Voice is smooth and easy-to-listen to.

Overall I highly recommend for dark fantasy aficionados. I’d love to see this turned into a movie (provided it’s done right).

“Across the tracks from where they stood the church’s giant wooden cross loomed like a symbol of Roman terror, rather than an icon of human hope.”
“Naked, hurt, and dehydrated, he reached up above the door and grabbed the effigy of Christ off the wall. He looked at it with anger, wondering how many other myths and ideologies the Devourers hid behind. Then, almost as an afterthought, he tossed the crucifix into the fire, letting the idol burn along with its servant.”
“Hank let another slug fly, and spilled the blood of a third witch, like a splash of whiskey for a dead friend.”

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: This is a dark fantasy, it’s not sunshine and rainbows or puppies and kittens. Some of the elements are: sex (not long or in much detail), death, weapons (guns, knives). Language used: r**skin x3, savage x1, f x4, s x17, n x3.

*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

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Loved It Hated It

I got this story via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. I started listening to this story at 3 a.m. and it grabbed me by the throat and did not let go. The old man was searching for his son and nothing was going to get in his way, not witches, war, cold, heat or other foolishness of man. The narrator was perfect for the story and made it come alive. This is a story about the west that is not a made for TV movie but raw and gritty. I loved it, yet hated it. If you listen to the story you may figure out why at the end. Happy listening.

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Chaos in ther old west

The Devoured follows a young man who has been corrupted by forces beyond this world. To save his mother he must make a blood sacrifice to get the god of death to spare her. The only thing you can buy a life for is another life and thus his corruption begins. As this is happening the son's father is returning from the civil war (losing side) and must find a way to save his only son as he fights gods and cannibals to make it home.

I like the way the author weaves the mystical into out reality to make one crazy universe. I am going to continue on with him to try to glean more of the rules of his book-verse.

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Action fantasy fans are going to dig this one

Here's my dilemma. I read another one of Mr. Lawson's other works recently and really liked it. This one I knew by reading the description was going to be too "fantasy" for me. Then I was given the opportunity to get a review audiobook from the author. I can't pass up a good freebie, so I jumped on it.

Since I already admitted being a hater of all things fantasy, this was way better than I expected. Fast moving and entertaining and narrated very well. I liked it. I look forward to more of this authors work for sure. He hasn't changed my mind about fantasy reads...but he makes a good case for me to stop disregarding them entirely...