Our story is a battle of good verse evil, where the main character, Ignatius, tries to confront the man that killed his sweetheart Merrin and deals with emerging devil horns, constant flashbacks, and zero character development.
This is a book in five parts, so to make it a little less painful, we’ll just do a few sweeps and get this over with as soon as possible.
Part 1 greets us with Ignatius waking up to find an abnormal growth on his forehead. It’s the one year anniversary of Merrin’s death and everyone in the small town of Gideon hates him. He discovers that when people look at him, they confess their darkest desires, but completely forget they said anything once they look away. He also finds out he can influence people to act on these impulses. Through this gift, he comes to find out that his BF Lee actually committed the crime.
Part 2 is a flashback (the first of many) in which we all learn that most of the main character in Part 1 actually knew each other before because small town cliché. Yay. This part is more for foreshadowing that anything else, but also gives us some background on Ignatius, Lee, and Merrin.
Part 3 brings us back to the present, with Ignatius ready to confront and/or kill Lee for what he did, but not before having a few more flashbacks about other locations. Once he’s set on his course, he runs into Lee’s personal henchman, Eric. There’s a confrontation between them, then between Him and Lee, where Ignatius finds out (shock) his horns have no power over Lee. Our protagonist returns to the spot from Part 2, discovers more cliché powers, and has more flashbacks as Lee tries to kill him with fire.
Part 4 is another flashback (WHEE!) showing off more of how Lee is a psychopath by slowly murdering his mother by overheating her. And during this part, we have ANOTHER flashback to a YOUNGER Lee that shows even MORE of how he’s a psychopath! This isn’t storytelling, this is the writer trying to put in padding to make a fifty chapter book. Cutting back to the present. Or the past present. Or present past. Anyway, we find out more about that fateful night.
I’m going to take a moment here, this may or may not be deleted out of the final review, to address the elephant in the room. Now, those that have read the book know exactly what I’m talking about, but for the rest of you, I’ll just lay it out there: There is an entire chapter dedicated to Lee raping Merrin. I have a problem with rape to begin with. The very word makes my blood boil with a rage that I don’t think I have enough room or words to express. When you set up that the main antagonist has committed such an act, I automatically want that character dead. But when you as a writer have an entire chapter dedicated to the act of rape, that doesn’t make me hate the character, that makes me hate YOU.
I know a lot of people will say that depicting rape in such a way draws attention to how bad it is, but I reply with who the hell thinks rape is a good idea? If you know anyone who thinks of rape in ANY sort of positive light, get the hell away from them. You do not need them in your life.
Now that I’ve got that off my chest, let’s dive into Part 5, the final battle. But not before Ignatius gets some clarity about what Merrin was really doing, which means MORE FLASHBACKS! Finally, back in the present, Ignatius and Lee (and Lee’s lackey Eric) fight it out, and I have no idea which way the author was going with this battle. It’s either a really good 80’s action fight, a really bad horror movie fight, or ten episodes of Dragonball Z. After the battle is concluded, everything catches on fire and Ignatius disappears into the flames.