A year ago, Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction – and taking the life of Dovey’s best friend, Carly. Since that night, Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her.
But recently she’s started to believe she’s seeing things that can’t be real – including Carly at their favorite cafe. Determined to learn the truth, Dovey stops taking her pills. And the world that opens up to her is unlike anything she could have imagined.
As Dovey slips deeper into the shadowy corners of Savannah – where the dark and horrifying secrets lurk – she learns that the storm that destroyed her city and stole her friend was much more than a force of nature. And now the sinister beings truly responsible are out to finish what they started. (goodreads.com)
I can’t remember where I picked this up. Either at Tucson Festival of Books or Phoenix ComiCon. Either way I’d heard about it, thought it sounded interesting, and decided to try it. I’m always up for some good creepy books and I was hoping that’s what SERVANTS OF THE STORM was going to be.
Dawson definitely set a good scene and really brought Savannah to life as its own entity within the story. Between the storm itself, the aftermath, and the living thing that was the city in the storm’s wake were all incredibly vivid. No problem picturing any of it and I loved the scene it set. Coincidentally I was reading another story set in post-Katrina New Orleans at the same time and had kind of a hard time keeping them separate. I managed.
The world that Dawson created was also incredibly original. I loved how and where her demons came from, the anarchy they were cultivating just under the surface of the city. The havoc they were wreaking. Her world created this hazy film over the world we know in order to block the one we don’t want to see. That in and of itself was chilling. How the demons were doing it even more so.
I especially really liked Dovey. Such a great, sassy character that didn’t take no for an answer and plowed through all the obstacles thrown in front of her in order to help her friend. So strong of a character but emotionally weak as well. I liked how Dawson really played with reality in the beginning and it wasn’t clear whether Dovey was hallucinating or not. What was real and what wasn’t? I like that kind of horror. It’s infinitely creepier than jump scares because are you really seeing something and no one believes you? Or are you crazy?
Throw it all together and eh. It just . . . didn’t strike me like I wanted it to. I really wanted to love it. There wasn’t anything by the way of writing or scene or character development that I didn’t like. SERVANTS OF THE STORM just didn’t sink in. That makes me sad. I wanted it to. It just didn’t.
The end was set up for a maybe sequel. Not sure if anything’s planned. I would read on. I like Dawson’s writing, her world-building, and her characters are great. Just not sure what happened with this one. It didn’t leave a mark.