Review: The House in Banes Meadow (Volume 2) – Jessie Cox

Banes MeadowIn Cherokee and Creek legend, long ago a Shaman sought immortality. After much Medicine and Ceremony, the Creator granted her wish. But as nothing, except Creator is without flaw, the Shaman could only be killed by a knife or an arrow piercing her open eye and she was cursed to drink human blood for eternity. Legend tells that she was killed by a cunning Creek warrior. But if that is true then how has she returned to plague the area around the town of Bristow, Oklahoma and the Creek Reservation? More importantly who can kill her? Deputy Ray Corngrower and John Littlefeather and a host of others join forces to combat this ancient evil.

3 Thumbs-UpThis is the second book in the Ray Corngrower series and, after reading this I am divided as to whether or not I want to go back and read the first.  This is not because it was a bad book, I actually enjoyed this immensely; it’s because there were a few things in it that I felt let it down and I don’t want to visit the debut book in case there is more of this in its pages.  This may not make sense now, but hopefully by the end of the review it will become clear.

The main protagonist in this book is a Native American and I was really looking forward to reading his back story and getting a deep insight into his motivation and personality; unfortunately this was not to be.  Like most of the characters in this novel, he was sorely under-developed and, what could have been a truly amazing character felt, at times, like he was fading in and out of the book to the point where he was barely there in some places.  I so wanted to be able to like this character and possibly empathize with him, but the lack of ‘fleshing out’ just made this an impossible task.  I truly feel that if more time had been invested into his back story, he would have become an amazing and utterly fascinating main character.  This is where part of me is tempted to read more of this series, as I am intrigued to find out whether the characters are developed more as it progresses; it is also the reason I don’t want to back track and read the first book as if this is the depth of character development in the second book, I worry if there will be any at all in the first.

The book has incredible potential to be so much more, as it is unique in the way it successfully brings together modern-day life and Native American culture.  It is also unique in the fact that it brings together subjects that would make this book appeal to a wide range of readers.  There is mystery, suspense that had me on the edge of my chair in some places, history and myth, so it touches all bases there.  Although the writing is a little sloppy in some places, it is not enough to be distracting but, this is one of those books that could really have used a good editor with a firm hand to clean it up a little.  I may read others further along in the series as they become available, as I’m interested to see if the writing style and characters develop as the Author hits their stride.

I would recommend this book to anyone readers that are interested in Native American culture or have a Native American as a main character, also those who enjoy mystery and suspense novels may find this an enjoyable little read.

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