Friday, September 13, 2013

Book Review: Summer's End

Summer's End
Summer's End by Lisa Morton
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received a copy of the book via LibraryThing in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

The story revolves around Lisa Morton who is the author of a book called the Halloween Encyclopedia; which means she is an authority regarding anything Halloween. Lisa gets an email from Dr. Wilson Armitage, a university professor, that informs her that he and his colleague Conor รณ Cuinn, an Irish archeologist, would like to meet her to discuss something important. Lisa learns that Conor had excavated a manuscript allegedly written by a Druid.

Lisa is skeptical though she does agree to read some of the manuscript's translated text. However, as she was to meet the professor, she learns that Conor has decided to experiment in order to learn if the spells and other instructions in the text are real. He had been able to summon something which scares Lisa. Conor insists that it proves that he and Lisa are Druids.

Because of what Conor has done, Lisa has to use another spell in the manuscript to drive the creatures back where they came from. Together they have to stop whatever it is that they have begun but Lisa decides that the sacrifice is too high a price to pay.

Summer's End is a novella that is all about Druids and their magic, as well as, Samhain which is the Celtic precursor to Halloween. As much as I normally enjoy reading paranormal books, this one is not really that great. The story is somewhat weak and, because it is short, appears to lack that certain "je ne sais quoi" that could make it more enjoyable.

However, it is not exactly bad as I have read books that are much, much worse -- hence, I gave this two stars. The book is an okay read if you are looking to pass the time but do not expect anything especially good.



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