A gritty urban fantasy thick with occult, suspense, horror themes, Junior Inquisitor is an edge-of-your-seat novel that keeps a person up at night reading. It was not only the suspense and terror which had me reading it overnight; I could not put this book down once I started reading it.
The novel is written in first person narrative, so we are right there with the novel’s main character as he slides deeper and deeper into situations he cannot control. I really appreciate that when things go from bad to worse for Brother Sebastian, he wants to be part of a team even as he is forced to be a lone wolf.
Farish’s paranormal creatures (like ogres and werewolves) are innovative; these are not the monsters of legend readers have come to expect in fantasy novels. Junior Inquisitor‘s characters are fleshed-out and interesting, the world is dark and real, and the conflicts are riveting and captivating. One could almost believe this is happening around us, obfuscated by both sinister and benevolent forces. While I did feel the absence of empowered female characters, the tale is gripping and compelling precisely as it is.
Lincoln S. Farish is an author to read and watch, and he and Junior Inquisitors are discoveries worth making today.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)