Author: James A. Hunter
Title: Wendigo Rising
Series: Yancy Lazarus 3
Rating: Three Petals
On the Author's Website:
Bigfoot is real. Yancy Lazarus—mage, bluesman, and rambler—knows because there happens to be a nine-foot-tall, walking myth standing in the road, flagging him down.
Yancy just can’t escape his reputation as a supernatural Fix-it man even when cruising through the forgotten backwoods of Montana. Turns out Bigfoot has a serious problem on his hands: one of his own has gone rogue, developing a taste for the flesh of humans and Sasquatch alike. A greater Wendigo has risen for the first time in thousands of years and if Yancy can’t stop the creature it could be a slaughter for the residents of a rural Montana town.
But even with the monstrous threat looming on the horizon, Yancy has bigger fish to fry. He’s working as an agent of Fate, attempting to put the kibosh on a nefarious scheme, aimed at upsetting the tenuous balance between the supernatural nations. When your boss is Lady Luck, however, nothing is ever left to chance, and his two cases may have more in common than it appears. If he can’t figure out the missing link it could usher in a new world order: an age of inhuman creatures and walking nightmares … one where Yancy Lazarus doesn’t exist.
I received this book as an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Yancy is up to his old tricks, just wanting to hang out at a bar, get drunk, and play some cards or the piano. He doesn't want to be out trying to save the world, but as an Agent of Luck he doesn't have much choice. While on his way to follow a lead, Yancy is met by Bigfoot stopping to ask for help. Of course, when Bigfoot's problems overlap with his own mystery, Yancy can't help being intrigued. Even with Bigfoot's help Yancy doesn't know if he'll be enough to stop the zombie Armageddon that's on its way.
I've said this in the previous two reviews for this series, but I have to repeat it here: Yancy's snark and dark humor are extremely well written. I enjoy every time he opens his mouth even when he's being obtuse or an ass. What Wendigo Rising excelled at, however, was helping him grow past that. It's been clear up to this point that Yancy is a hard outer shell with a soft, gooey center,. The truth revealed in this book is that he doesn't know how to handle strong emotion, so he walls himself off from everyone around him as a defense. Reading about him learning to open himself up and welcome having friends and even a lover was very interesting.
Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy the plot. The beginning dragged. Despite this being the third book in the series and the plot firmly entrenched at this point, there was a lot of exposition to explain the world-building and the magic Yancy uses. In fact, every time Yancy uses his magic he also has to provide an explanation as to what the Vis is and why he can only draw so much without it becoming dangerous. The repetitiveness became a touch boring after a while. The rest of the book consisted of battle after battle after battle. I understand that Yancy is in a race to save the world from the possibility of a zombie hoard, but there needed to be some sort of relief from the constant, almost overwhelming drama to break it up a bit.
Overall I did like this book and I am still enjoying this series. Yancy's characterization is the best part and I really liked his personal growth. I had some trouble with too much exposition and too many constant battles, but I do recommend this book.
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