Reviewed by Ben Green for Reader Views (01/16)
Article first published as Book Review: ‘Seasons of Pain’ by Imowen Lodestone on Blogcritics.
“Seasons of Pain” by Imowen Lodestone is a horror novel that involves vampires, witches, warlocks, and such, of which I am not into typically. However, I do enjoy well written indie works by authors who are clearly passionate about what they are doing, and that is the case with this story.
“Seasons of Pain” is not for young readers, or those readers with a weak stomach. The amount of blood spilt in this book is in direct competition with the number of f-bombs dropped, and other body fluids mentioned. If none of these things turn you off, then “Seasons of Pain” is most likely for you.
The story is set in a present day world where, unbeknownst to mere mortals, witches, vampires, warlocks, and insanely powerful psychics exist. Obviously, these beings cannot all “just get along,” and this sets the back drop for the narrative. The story follows a half-witch, half-warlock stripper, who refuses to be either witch or warlock. The action focuses on her managing to make it through some violent encounters with a combination of the above mentioned beings. The book begins with a “True Blood” styled romance and suddenly turns into a “Resident Evil” like run and gun, which goes on for several chapters before dropping the main character out at a Waffle house. Thus giving the character, and the read, just enough time to gather their bearings before the craziness kicks in again.
“Seasons of Pain” does what is does well, and it does not try to be something it is not. I did not find it to be the most original story, and it is occasionally a little too dramatic for me, but it does a solid job of keeping the pace and remains entertaining throughout. Those who are into the vampire thing, and fans of the “True Blood” series will definitely enjoy this book. Those just looking for something fun and entertaining will also enjoy “Seasons of Pain.” The writing is solid, the story entertains, and there is plenty of sex and violence. If you dislike strong language, you are going to want to stay away from this one, however for the readers that this book is targeting, I think it easily finds its’ mark.
Overall, “Seasons of Pain” by Imowen Lodestone is good for what it is – an entertaining, blood-spilled vampire read. If this is your jam, then I am sure you will be well entertained. I give it four out of five stars.