The Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree introduces us to the world of Destin, a world outside our own, where magic is commonplace and gunslingers roam. A world filled with gigantic sea-monsters, mages and demons. The Silen can pass between our two worlds at will and work to mold both worlds into what they want.
After his father’s funeral, Ross Brigham meets with his friend Sawyer to try and make since of his father’s untimely death. E. R. Brigham, acclaimed novelist, killed before he can finish the last book in his epic fantasy series, left behind boxes of personal notes on the series in hopes that someone will finish it. When Ross and Sawyer come across the pages, they begin a journey that will lead to a battle to save not only Destin, but our own world as well.
I was skeptical when I read the “in the spirit of the Dark Tower” label, but after finishing the book I couldn’t agree with it more. Many authors have tried to copy the success of King’s tales of Mid-World, but few have actually succeeded. Hunt does a phenomenal job building the world, revealing it a little at a time, allowing the us to learn about the world along with the characters.
I highly recommend this book, it’s the start of a ride you won’t regret taking.
S. A. (Sam) Hunt is a U.S. Veteran, who says his stories might be labeled as "fantasy" and "horror," but he just uses them as backdrops. He says his stories are focused on the human condition and what makes a character truly human, which, he says, transcends the boundaries of genre.
Whirlwind is Hunt's first novel. The sequel, Law of the Wolf, can be found on Amazon, but is also now packaged with Whirlwind in anticipation of the release of the third book, Ten Thousand Devils.
You can find more information about the author at his webpage and be sure to follow him on Facebook and Twitter!
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