The Dreadful Fate of Jonathan York: A Yarn for the Strange at Heart by Kory Merritt
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Discover the horrible fate of Jonathan York as he sets out on his journey through a spooky forest with an alarming party of travelmates!
Jonathan York has led a boring life — a pointless degree from the community college, a lackluster job at the General Store, and never any desire for something more exciting. But when fate leaves him stranded in a sinister land, he finds himself seeking an adventure of his own. Along the way he encounters ghoulish thieves, ravenous swamp monsters, a dastardly ice cream conspiracy, and a necromancer bent on human sacrifice.
Let me start with few words about the graphic – it was fantastic! I loved it. It fitted perfectly, created a spooky mood, portrayed all the characters and monsters in this creepy, unnatural way that enhanced the reading experience. Even the text font looked great. Just look at these pictures:
As for the story, the poor guy went through quite an adventure that changes his life. I’m both sorry for him and envious.
It all starts with him being lost in a swamp. Thanks to some strangers he meets on his way, he finds a shelter for the night. It would all be fine if he could only tell a story in payment, but without a story, he can’t stay there.
Thrown into the night Jonathan gets into trouble. Surrounded by monsters, thieves and evil magic he tries to get out of this situation.
He’s a fascinating character, starting as a boring guy he has to use his wit to overcome all the difficulties. What troubles and what monsters are on his way? I won’t tell you, you’ll have to read it for yourself. I will only tell you that this story is worth your time. There’s plenty of smartly used humor, but still this novel is more about showing you how life might shape you.