When you receive a book that is a gift or a prize you never know if you are going to enjoy it or not. Book prizes are often surprising. It is kind of like putting your hand into a bag that you can’t see into. You never know what you are going to pull out.
I won “Never Knew Another” on a little Twitter contest J.M. McDermott posted. When it arrived, I marveled at the wonderful artwork on the cover by Julien Alday. The very subtle use of colors gives you an indication that this is not just another hunters and demon story.
And it isn’t. It begins with the hunters, two skinwalkers who follow an old religion, bound to destroy what they call demons and heal the damage done by these creatures. But it isn’t as straight forward as that. In order to understand, the hunters must delve into the thoughts and memories of the creatures they hunt. The line between the hunter and hunted thins until you know more about the demons than the hunters themselves.
The book leaves you with questions about who and what the demons are and what had happened in the past, but I am sure in other books, those questions will be answered.
This was a great read, wonderfully written and waiting for the next one will be torture. Never Knew Another is available through Night Shade Books (click the book cover.)