A Fine Line

The Ancients: Part One (Volume 2)

Fiction - Fantasy - General
386 Pages
Reviewed on 08/10/2015
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Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite

Whoa! Can you say ‘thrill ride?’ That is definitely how I would describe A Fine Line: The Ancients, Part One by author J.C. Brennan. The story begins with the William Healthaway family. Having survived an attack by the Damned and triumphing over Tetron, the evil warrior, one would think they might have some peace for a time. But no such luck for this family. Revenge is afoot, and the Damned are ready to mete out terror to the Healthaways and all they care for. William, still trying to recover from the Civil War and the loss of his beloved children, has to find it within himself to bring his family together to prepare for what might be their most difficult battle yet. And when the townspeople that the Crew has lived amongst for years and have considered friends begin to turn on the family with whispers of witchcraft, the Healthaways may find themselves in a situation they can’t escape.

I very much enjoyed this book. This is the second in a series, but I was able to follow along with the Healthaway storyline just fine. A fantastical novel set in the time period following the American Civil War is a unique enough premise, but adding in all the elements that author J.C. Brennan does, from clairvoyance and visions to shapeshifting, and you’ve got a very unusual read, even for one in the fantasy genre. I also enjoyed the feeling of magical realism that the book conveys, and the romantic overtones also help to enrich the story. This book would appeal to any reader who enjoys fantasy, history, or just a plain good read. This is the first novel of Brennan’s that I have read, and I certainly look forward to more from this author.