September 29, 2021

#BookReview: Slewfoot: A Tale of Bewitchery by Brom

Synopsis: A spirited young Englishwoman, Abitha, arrives at a Puritan colony betrothed to a stranger – only to become quickly widowed when her husband dies under mysterious circumstances. All alone in this pious and patriarchal society, Abitha fights for what little freedom she can grasp onto, while trying to stay true to herself and her past.

Enter Slewfoot, a powerful spirit of antiquity newly woken… and trying to find his own role in the world. Healer or destroyer? Protector or predator? But as the shadows walk and villagers start dying, a new rumor is whispered: Witch. 

Both Abitha and Slewfoot must swiftly decide who they are, and what they must do to survive in a world intent on hanging any who meddle in the dark arts.


Rating: 1 Star
My Review:  
I made it to about 25% then gave up. I was initially excited about this one because I was expecting an exciting witchy story. Sadly it was very slow and boring to me. 


"Which is worse? The Devil of the forest or the terror of Puritan village rumors, accusations, and lies? At the crossroads of victimhood and vengeance, Abitha makes her choice―and blood follows." ―Richard Kadrey, New York Times bestselling author of the Sandman Slim series

"I loved this book. A roaring, bloody, beautiful work of pure imagination." ―Andy Davidson, author of The Boatman's Daughter

"Slewfoot is a lusciously dark tale of witchcraft and devilry ... This book was tailor-made for lovers of folk horror and everyone who wants to live deliciously." ―Mallory O'Meara, bestselling author of The Lady from the Black Lagoon

"A fast-paced, hallucinogenic fairy tale...delivering likable protagonists, exotic beasties, and scoundrels whom we long to see at table with their just desserts." ―Christopher Buehlman, author of The Blacktongue Thief

“Brom has made a convert out of me with Slewfoot, which takes hold of the maxim 'sympathy for the devil' and yanks hard on that literary taproot, unearthing a far more elemental and complex truth. Demon or no, evil or not, the mighty stag Slewfoot deserves our love and devotion. He's got mine now. All hail Brom, all hail Slewfoot!” ―Clay McLeod Chapman, author of The Remaking

Praise for Brom's previous novels:

"Brom is that rare breed: a person who is skilled in more than one area of artistic expression." ―Christopher Paolini, New York Times bestselling author of To Sleep In a Sea of Stars

“[Brom’s] a storyteller with his artwork, and in a very elite class.” ―R.A. Salvatore New York Times bestselling author of The Legend of Drizzt

“Terrific. A wild ride….I loved it. It hooked me and I couldn’t put it down.” ―Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy

“A gruesome and darkly fantastical twist on a classic tale. Brom injects pure horror into fantasy.” ―Holly Black

"Lost Gods is … the kind of story lovers whisper in stolen cars burning rubber from this world down to the very edge of the Abyss." ―Richard Kadrey, New York Times bestselling author of the Sandman Slim series

"Brom effortlessly weaves classical mythology with modern nightmares in this beautifully twisted hell ride. Heartwrenching, operatic, and stunningly illustrated, Lost Gods is a dark gem of a novel." ―Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Red Hands

“Wickedly poetic, The Child Thief makes me want to believe.” ―Kim Harrison

“Beautiful and authentically dark.” ―Sci-Fi

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Over the past few decades, acclaimed dark fantasy artist Brom has lent his distinctive vision to all facets of the creative industries, from novels and games to comics and film. He is the author of The Child ThiefKrampusThe Lost Gods and the award-winning illustrated horror novels The Plucker and The Devil's Rose. Brom is currently kept in a dank cellar just outside of Seattle. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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