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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
To read Covenant Spring by Christopher Watson is to be transported not just to another place and time, but to a world that is both strange and familiar. Astute readers may recognize it as a world deep within ourselves, the one so many lack the courage to explore. If you are one of the braver ones, then start reading. You won’t want to stop until you reach the end and once you do, you might find yourself wondering where you’ve been. It’s that intense a trip.
Despite its unique plot, Covenant Spring is close to being literary fiction as we explore the convoluted, unbridled thoughts of the protagonist narrator, Danny Ivy. Danny’s musings call to mind the old hit song, “Is that all there is?” His career, his experiences, and his relationship with his parents and few friends have left him jaded. He’s desperately in need of a reason to go on. Enter Mordecai Bass who takes him to his swampland origins for a weekend family reunion. What Danny sees, hears, and experiences there strains both his and the reader’s belief. When the weekend is over, Danny is forever changed, and depending on the reader’s ability to identify with much of Danny’s thinking, so is the reader.
To enter the world of Covenant Spring, its characters and its plot is almost a mystical, even poetic experience. Watson’s descriptions are rich and metaphorical; his characters are simultaneously earthly and ethereal. How can that be? There is no easy explanation for how Watson has achieved this magical blend of the real and unreal other than to say he is a brilliant writer. No review can capture the full essence and impact of Covenant Spring as that will truly be unique to each of us. Pick up your copy now and enter the embrace of Covenant Spring: a profound journey into ourselves.