Monday, July 8, 2013


This is what I consider to be a review that says it all. This reader loves this book. The Keeper, by Kim Despins, is a super read! Kim should be very proud of herself, and Angelic Knight Press is very proud of her!


Book Description

May 31, 2013
The town of Anton has kept the secret of Aksonas farm for generations. Townspeople whisper and worry their children will be chosen and cursed to live an unnatural life in a makeshift family of wolves.

When the moon rises, the men in Olivia’s family become wolves and prowl the countryside to protect their farm from predators. When Olivia stumbles upon the body of the church caretaker on their land, she’s forced to face the possibility that one of her family may have gone rogue.

When she turns to the Sheriff for help in solving the murder, her family turns on her, forcing her to face the townspeople and the ghosts of her past alone. To make matters worse, a fire and brimstone preacher has decided to rid Anton of the ancient curse once and for all, no matter the cost.

5.0 out of 5 stars Werewoves? Sign me up. June 7, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
With the glut of zombies and sparkly vampires out there on the horror shelves, it's nice to see a true blue werewolf story pop up. You'd think there'd be more of them but here's the thing, it's hard to write a decent werewolf novel. I mean, it's man then beast and then man. And when they're in beast mode, it's not like they're telling you about their depression or how much they hate eating people. Nah, they're ripping your liver out with their giant fangs, man!

So, it's hard unless you resort to a "been there done that" like The Wolf Man or a comedy like American Werewolf in London or something along the lines of Thomas Tessier's The Nightwalker (where you never really see the beast because it's all internal changes from his POV).

Not so hard for Kim Despins. She delivers a solid, well-told werewolf novel. But it's not your trope filled, silver bullet, full moon werewolf book. Nope, it's a complicated one. Intricate. The implications of a family curse; the impact on a town; superstitions become violent reality; the large community (town) vs the small community (family); family vs family; Christianity vs Paganism; and love. Yeah, there's some love in there.

Point is, Kim doesn't go for the cheep thrill or the gore fest that say, someone like I would pen. No, her novel is full of depth, intelligence, and well-molded characters that will sit with you long after you finish the book. There is pain; an uncomfortable sense of dread rippling through these pages.

This is a damn good book.

Oh, and there's some pretty cool werewolf violence, too. Can't forget that!

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