Book Review – Helix: Blight of Exiles by Pat Flewwelling

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Last year at SFContario I had the opportunity to pick up Helix: Blight of Exiles while chatting with author Pat Flewwelling (the dealers room in which we found ourselves in now forever in my mind associated with the Star Wars Cantina theme).

This was one of those novels where I was not sure what to expect at all, based on both cover design and back cover blurb. What I did find inside the pages was a paranormal thriller the likes of which I have never read before and with a host of characters that despite trying to maintain a distance from (one thing A Song of Ice and Fire has taught me to do) I could not because they were that well written. No matter how minor their role, the author managed to give each one a distinct personality and to give the reader an understanding of who they were.

As a plot connoisseur I was hooked from start to finish. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to dive into a book and not want to go to sleep until I’ve finished the chapter. In fact after having finished the book I sat for a few moments in silence feeling a little sad it was over but thankfully I knew the next book was already out.

Due to the nature of the character’s stay on the island, I was also partially reminded of The Walking Dead and The Last of Us, so if you’re a fan of either of these I highly suggest you check this book out.

That’s all I have to say and I can’t wait to read Helix: Plague of Ghouls!

My copy which bravely went to Cuba and back with me.

My copy which bravely went to Cuba and back with me.