Legacy by JG Faherty

Legacy by JG Faherty
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Horror, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (58 pages)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Some gods demand blood!

Sean Black, a teenage science whiz in a small New England town, leads a pretty normal life…until the night of the storm. After that, nothing is the same. He experiences strange nightmares. He hallucinates about alien creatures and begins to notice weird physical changes in his body, things no one else seems to see. The girl he’s had a crush on for years is acting strange as well, delivering cryptic messages to him that things are not what they seem. When he discovers a secret room in the library, Sean finds himself faced with a life-changing decision, one that could either save the world or plunge it into centuries of death and destruction—with Sean ruling over all.

Dreams aren’t real, so they’ll never actually come true. Or will they?

Sean’s character development was well done. He was smart and insightful, but he could also be judgemental of other people’s choices and self-centered. I like my protagonists deeply flawed, though, so seeing his weaknesses show up so early on in the plot was a good decision. It helped me get to know him before too many bizarre things started happening.

There were a few things that I never quite understood about how Sean’s family functioned. His parents played a much smaller role in his life than I would have usually expected for a teenage main character. While Sean is definitely old enough to make many of his own decisions, I was surprised by how little his parents seemed to know about what he was up to. It would have been helpful to have some more information about why they appeared to be so disconnected from his life. Even briefly mentioning their reasons for doing so would have earned this book a much higher rating.

The pacing in this story made it almost impossible for me to tear my eyes away from the page until I’d discovered how it all ended. One of the thing I appreciate the most about Mr. Faherty’s writing style is how adept he is at drawing me into the plot. His tales often make me feel as though I’m watching everything unfold on a movie screen in my mind, and this one is no exception to that rule.

Give Legacy a try if you like the dark, creepy side of science fiction.

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