not speaking to his brother Matt for seven years, Barry must return
to his childhood home after he gets the news that Matt is missing.
When he arrives he finds the house trashed and the word LEBO written
in blood on the bedroom wall. Even though Barry and his brother
dont get along (Matt actually tried to kill him once) he
is determined to find out who is responsible for his disappearance.
teams up with Jennifer, a childhood acquaintance who is much more
than she seems, and starts poking around the town for answers.
It isnt long before they find something much more sinister
is going on than just your basic vandalism. Matt had taken in
a strange boarder named Ren who was into some very dark arts that
he practiced inside the family home. Barry and Jennifer must find
the answers they need, and fast, in order to confront a growing
evil that is threatening to take over the town.
dont buy hardbacks very often. I read extremely fast (sometimes
three books a day without neglecting anything) so when Im
buying books Im going for paperbacks. Obviously you get
more books for your money this way. When I do take the plunge
and pay for a new hardback Ill often hold out on reading
it to heighten the anticipation (and for some reason this makes
me feel like Im getting more of my moneys worth.)
I truly planned on savoring The Lebo Coven, only reading
bits at a time to draw it out. So much for intentions; I couldnt
put it down. I managed to make it last a day.
characters are well developed. No one in this book is perfect;
everyone has their flaws and issues. Heck sometimes I didnt
even like the characters I was supposed to be rooting for. This
made the book more realistic to me. We dont always like
our family and friends and their asshole behavior but we wouldnt
want them dead either. If I wished for anything in this book it
would have been more back story for Matts anger and the
brothers growing up in general. I wanted the history to go deeper.
than my desires for more info the book was perfect length. Author
Stephen Mark Rainey has crafted a tight, fast-paced horror novel
that never becomes slow or boring. There are times when Jennifer,
who practices magick, has to cast spells on them or the home.
Mark describes these incidents, and also explanations in magick
happenings, well enough to keep your interest without going overboard
with pages and pages of arcane knowledge.
deaths are very descriptive and enough to give you nightmares.
Not only will the killings horrify you, theyll make you
angry as well. I wanted to see justice done in very violent ways.
There are a lot of emotions involved here.
thought I had things figured out early and one thing I did but
the ending took me completely by surprise. Mark avoids the cliché
and obvious ending in order to shock you more. Its not a
cheat but a well thought out conclusion that makes perfect sense
once you think about it. I highly recommend The Lebo Coven. If
you like occult stories with creepy happenings and enough humanity
thrown in to keep things grounded then you will definitely like