The Will and the Wisp


Fiction - Western
361 Pages
Reviewed on 07/01/2020
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

The Will and the Wisp by James D. Armstrong and Sharon Kizziah-Holmes is a historical novel set in the 1800s as three men try to figure out what is right and what is terrifying. What would you do if you came across treasure you knew was going to change your life? Would you still keep it even if it was cursed? This is the dilemma that O.C. Armstrong had to face. Being a tenant farmer was not an easy job, especially with little mouths to feed. He, his friend Neil and his brother-in-law Bud were making do when they hit jackpot. They found treasure and they were excited to use it. But the natives told them that the treasure was cursed. They don’t heed the warning and soon face the consequences. They should have left the treasure be, but it’s too late now. Or can they do something about it?

I enjoyed Carl’s voice. The narrative from his perspective was exciting, inviting and very attention-grabbing. After an action-packed start, the reader meets the characters through Carl and that is enough for them to form a connection with the story. All Carl knew was that his father and uncle had buried something beneath the floor, but that piques the interest of the reader. I wanted to know what they buried, why they buried it, and how they came across it. The way Johnny shared the legend with Carl made me realize how important Johnny is to the plot. The colloquial language used by the characters added more authenticity to the story and brought the characters to life. I enjoyed this. Interesting and very entertaining, The Will and the Wisp by James D. Armstrong and Sharon Kizziah-Holmes had just the right amount of complex layers to keep me hooked.