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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Spirit Mother: Devotion



Spirit Mother: Devotion by Adra Steia
Publisher: Tease Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Horror
Length: Full
Heat Level: sensual
Rating: 3.5 Books
Review by Sunflower

Derry Leander hasn’t been able to leave the swamp town of Hertley behind, even though he knows it is a dangerous place--populated with barely human cannibals. His ex-lover, Suwannee, is inextricably tied to the swamp, and its dangerous spirit, Swamp Mother. Although Suwannee has been locked up in an asylum for the last five years, she recently escaped, kidnapping an infant in the process. Now Derry must find her, and somehow solve the enigma of the Swamp Mother before she drags Suwannee, and everyone else, into her squalid, stinking depths.

Along the way, Derry meets Xade, who bears a mysterious resemblance to Suwannee’s dead ex-husband Michael. Xade’s friend Carrie is an empath, and cannot bear to be touched. Carrie’s sister Rosie is a resident at the same secure facility that lost Suwannee, and she holds an important key to the puzzle. When the four get trapped inside the asylum, they are aided by Cole, who knows her way around the place so well it is almost as if she lived there...

When the walls containing the swamp dwellers fail, Derry, Carrie, Xade and Rosie, along with the mysteriously blind Cole, must fight their way back to the swamp--right to the heart of Spirit-Mother.

Let me get one thing out of the way first. This book is very, very, very graphically violent. No one is spared--women, children, animals, even babies. If you are at all squeamish, then this book is not for you.

However...

Adra Steia’s writing possesses a kind of grim beauty that transcends the disturbing subject matter. I especially liked the scene in the asylum swimming pool, which was a tour-de-force of grossness, a wriggling soup of putrid body parts and still living cannibals. The story bogs down now and then, and I did find myself sometimes bored by the relentless steam of gore as the main characters thrash their way back to the swamp. But the finale is rousing, tying up the loose ends nicely, while leaving the door open for a book III.

Although Spirit-Mother is the sequel to another book, Swamp Baby, I did not find it too confusing, thanks to the brief synopsis of at the beginning.

A worthwhile read--IF you can handle the subject matter.