I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Witch of the Wood by Michael Aronovitz
Published by Hippocampus Press on 2014
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Dark Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Occult & Supernatural, Supernatural
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Rudy Barnes, an adjunct professor no longer young, thinks he is attending a routine faculty meeting when he is struck by the beautiful April Orr, an administrator who is giving a presentation at the meeting. He is even more amazed when, after the meeting, he finds himself going with April to her house and having an intense sexual encounter with her.
This is the beginning of a bizarre supernatural adventure in which April, a “witch of the wood,” explains to Rudy the true origin of the female of the species. Rudy must now team up with Wolfie, the child he bore from April, and his ex-wife, Pat, to battle cosmic forces who are seeking to destroy the witches and bring about a universal cataclysm.
In this gripping novel, Michael Aronovitz displays the crisp and riveting prose, the careful delineation of character, and the powerful horrific effects that have enlivened his previous novels and tales. In addition, he provides a thought-provoking mythic background to an epic struggle of good and evil.
As with the other books I’ve read by Michael Aronovitz, what stands out the most for me is his fantastic literary writing style. His descriptions are done so well as to paint a very vivid portrait in your mind–as if you were actually, physically, seeing the environment around his characters.
In this dark fantasy, Aronovitz blends modern day man and his “indifference” or “intolerance” of things not understood, with an almost fairy tale story, that gives a new outlook on the powers of good verses evil.
Professor Rudy Barnes is nothing you would expect a “hero” to be like, and yet with the power of this author’s amazing prose, his characters is brought into the lime-light, and we are shown intimately how his mental outlook evolves as he accepts and embraces the supernatural history of the “witches of the wood”. In the author’s own words: “Professor Rudy Barnes was like an assassin, if only for the fact that he could easily be lost in a crowd. ….he’d come to the conclusion that adults were all really fourteen-year-olds inside, amazing themselves every day that with the proper language and mannerisms, they could pass through the world as absolute counterfeits.”
Barnes is sent on a mission to help free and correct the injustices set upon these females from the past, and his life will never be the same again.
Nor will the world, itself.
The riveting, lyrical quality of Aronovitz’s writing immediately captured my attention, and ensured that I suspended all disbelief while reading this excellently woven tale of fantasy. I’m hoping to hear more of this “world” of his in the future.