Written by: Paula Limbaugh
I just finished reading Matt Serafini’s Devil’s Row, a historical horror fantasy that really surprised me. Published by Severed Press, it’s a prequel to his book, Feral, which at the time I didn’t know. No matter, the story stood alone as a great escape into another time. Now I must admit, this is a book I probably would not have picked up on my own, but Matt contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reading it. I’m glad I said yes!
The story is set in 18th century Europe, where werewolves roam freely. Central to the plot is Elisabeth Luna, a powerful varcolac that has been gravely injured by those who hunt the bane. Barely surviving the assault, she is out for revenge.
Garrick leads the motley band of hunters pursuing Elisabeth. Already having slain Aetius, Elisabeth’s lover, they are hell-bent to finish the job. In the meantime, we are also introduced to Codrin a delusional vampire with dreams of grandeur. His kind has been without sustenance for far too long; hunger can make for a dangerous enemy. Between the three forces, there is plenty of bloodshed.
Matt weaves his tale through rich, descriptive landscapes, mixing fact with fiction to give us a real sense of the time period. He has given depth to his main characters, so we have a better understanding of who they are, and with whom our allegiance lies. With non-stop action and plenty of twists, no one is assured victory.
There may be a few lulls in the story, but for the most part, it will keep you turning the pages! You can pick up a copy here.