Herrick's End

- T.M. Blanchet

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You did nothing. You were nothing. And so, you shall remain here, until the end of your days. As nothing.

Ollie’s only friend disappeared a few days ago, and now, he’s frantic to find her. But he doesn’t have much to go on until a mysterious note arrives which reads:
“Still looking for your friend? I know where she is.”
Unfortunately for Ollie, the trail leads to the last place he’d ever expect.

Somewhere dark.
Somewhere deep.
The kind of place where magic spills like blood, vengeance is merciless, and escape seems all but impossible.


Worse still, it soon becomes clear that someone-or something-was expecting him.
Now, time is running out.
If Ollie has any hope of ever seeing home again, he’s going to have to summon every last scrap of courage, smarts, and tenacity he can find. And none of it will matter if he can’t get some help. Fast.

Because Ollie might not know much about the vast underworld that’s ensnared him, but he does know this:
He’ll never make it out alone.

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My Review:

***Thanks to NetGalley and Tiny Fox Press for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided.

average:
3/5

They saw the pleading, and the starvation, and the lies, and the hatred, and the hubris, and the persecutions, and the bodies jerking and twisting at the ends of knotted ropes.
The real witches watched it all.
And they did not forget.

I loved the premise of Herrick’s End. A secret fantasy underworld, vengeful witches, righteous revenge against abusive partners – it all sounds fantastic. The story is fast-paced, the characters are vivid and interesting, and there’s a high sense of urgency with plenty of twists. I just could not overcome the hurdle that is our protagonist, Ollie. The entire narrative is predicated on the fact that Ollie stands by and does nothing when others are in need; otherwise, he’s a great guy. In truth, Ollie is the classic ‘nice guy’ – he doesn’t listen, thinks he always knows best, has a major saviour complex, and blames everything on his weight. When you add this to the fact that the writing is YA fantasy level with dark fantasy content, I struggled to connect. Excellent concept, average follow-through.

Why did power always seem to find the ones who deserved it the least?

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