Title: Devil in the Countryside
Author: Cory Barclay
Rating: 4/5 stars
Devil in the Countryside is a story about the most famous werewolf investigation in history, brimming with intrigue and war, love and betrayal, and long-kept vendettas.
It’s 1588, the height of the Reformation, and a killer is terrorizing the German countryside. There are reports that the legendary Werewolf of Bedburg has returned to a once-peaceful land. Heinrich Franz, a cold and calculating investigator, is tasked with finding whomever — or whatever — the killer might be. He’ll need all the help he can get, including that of a strange hunter who’s recently stumbled into town. Though they’re after the same thing, their reasons are worlds apart.
And through it all, a priest tries to keep the peace among his frightened townsfolk, while a young woman threatens his most basic beliefs.
I don’t usually read these kind of books ,but “Devil in the Countryside” surprised me in the most unexpected way ! I really enjoyed the book and ,since it is based on true events, I got to learn about the beliefs and values people had in 1588 ,Germany. The writing fits the book as it describes the people and places in that era so you know what to expect and does not try to extend the description too much that you get bored.
The action of the story takes place over the span of twenty years where Investigator Heinrich Franz looks into the murders that took place at the time .While he is trying to find the killer another story is being born and presents Father Nicholas Dieter of the church in Bedburg, and young Sybil Griswold who is the daughter of a wealthy farmer. While the investigator tries to find out who the werewolf of Bedburg is , the church tries to fight off protestants from overtaking the town and installing panic in people’s minds. The characters that take part in this story evolve throughout the story and they are constructed so beautifully, having lots of flaws , thing that makes the seem human and realistic.
To conclude, I really enjoyed the book and, even though I don’t normally read books where religion is an important factor , it was nice to try something new and it was essential for the story . The religion factor actually better shows you the beliefs of the people from 1588 and allows you to see the story through their eyes ! I am really glad I got the chance to read this book and I am now waiting for book two !
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