Nov 28, 2013: The Wake is one of those stories that throws you into the deep end, in this case the sometimes hectic life of Maggie Connelly, grad student. We meet her as she’s on the way to listen to a band a number of her friends are in, and it quickly becomes evident that they’ve had to make additional plans for their upcoming tour due to the fact that many of the band members change into other forms during the full moon. Shortly after this, Maggie begins changes of her own that reveal that she’s not exactly the everyday human being that it initially seemed.
This is a fascinatingly immersive look at everyday life for various supernatural types in a modern world, and the author has a strong talent for making all of them relatable and involving the reader in the character’s lives so that you keep coming back for more. It actually felt as if I was there in the room with the characters, watching them and listening to them bicker and talk, which is quite an accomplishment for a written piece. The Wake is a story that I began reading and then didn’t surface until hours later, late for bed but still wanting to continue.
One of the things that the author could improve is character introductions. I had a little trouble at times keeping track of all of the characters and their relations to one another, especially at first, and then later on in the story at points when additional groups of characters are introduced. Maybe it would help the information about them to stick in mind if the author let them introduce themselves a bit more – that is, let them talk to us a bit more about who they are and how they’re connected to the other characters, rather than explaining it to us quickly. Also, please update the Table of Contents to show all currently available chapters/parts!
At any rate, I really liked this look into the modern world from a supernatural viewpoint, and I would recommend that fans of supernatural fiction check it out.
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