The Old One by Jonathan Janz

The Old One by Jonathan Janz
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd
Genre: Contemporary, Action/Adventure, Horror
Length: Short Story (88 pgs)
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

The survivors attempt a desperate escape from their subterranean prison, but the Night Flyers and the Children are savage and relentless hunters. Sam, Charly, Jesse and the rest of the group will need to marshal all their courage, cunning and ferocity to save as many lives as they can. But the Old One, a monstrous creature that for millennia has reveled in sadism and the spilling of innocent blood, won’t be satisfied until every last man, woman and child is dead.

The Children and the Night Flyers, normally adversaries, are now under the command of the Old One.

The humans are finally able to find their way out of the cave but The Old One is right behind them as they find their way out. The number of survivors has diminished as they try to get away from the cave and the monsters that inhabit it.

The action picks up again in this part of the series. The Night Flyers are approaching and those that are left are in a race for survival. I’ve been with the characters from the beginning of the book, and I know under the circumstances with gory monsters out to hunt, anyone can be killed. Without revealing too much, none of the characters I grew to cheer for survived.

The author has a great strength in creating both an engaging and complex setting which add depth and interest. However, I am still left with questions about the origin of the different type monsters. The novel’s main focus was on the humans and their fight to survive. With the variations of monsters I would have liked to read more about the monsters. The ‘After’ chapter was a good snippet into the minds of the Old One and the Night Flyer’s mother. I would have enjoyed more of the monsters view during the novel.

The Savage Species is a fitting title for the ferocious species that Janz has created in this series. If you are looking for a entertaining adrenaline powered read this will be a series you don’t want to miss.

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