When I said horror is tough but teaches us lessons, this is what I meant. This book started from page one made me feel the dread of what’s to come. The character connection is immediate and you can’t help but feel for the characters. I got folklore and grief horror from this one. I’ve never heard of Baba Yaga so I had no idea what to expect but I was definitely pleased with the results.
Here is a snippet of the story: When myth becomes nightmare… The Price of blood is alway blood. Natalia is in trouble. Her brother gets hurt under her watch and his condition is worsening. The church and local doctors are no help with the mounting snow so she seeks out help in the unforgiving forest.
“𝙀𝙫𝙚𝙣 𝙎𝙖𝙩𝙖𝙣 𝙙𝙞𝙨𝙜𝙪𝙞𝙨𝙚𝙨 𝙝𝙞𝙢𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙛 𝙖𝙨 𝙖𝙣 𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚𝙡 𝙤𝙛 𝙡𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩.”
The town that is built around this story is small with the Catholic Church in its prime. Religion in books always seems to give me the creeps. It terrifies me when people follow a leader blindly. No if, and or buts because god will smite you or something. Maybe even a lightning bolt will come down to strike us. I really enjoyed the instant connection I had for this story but also the grief weighed on my heart the whole time. I loved Natalia as the main character. She is a strong, fierce little girl who will do anything to make things right. My mind took me places and tried to predict the future of where this book would take me. While I could predict the ending, I couldn’t predict the journey we would take to get there. I gave this one 4 ⭐️
It’s an exciting experiment that I love trying out. THE BALANCE by Kev Harrison is just over one hundred pages so I figured, if I get sucked in, I could probably just breeze through it in an hour or so, and guess what? That’s exactly what happened.
Fans of horror featuring witches, folklore, and a well-paced story are going to want to buy this for their Autumnal/Halloween reading list. I can’t think of a better book to binge-read on Halloween night. Imagine a little village set in Cold War Poland. A sixteen-year-old girl and her ten-year-old brother live with their mother. Out in the woods, tragedy strikes. With a depleted, emergency health care situation, the children turn to alternative medicine. All of the events that happen after this single, life-altering event, set into motion ‘The Balance’.
I am in awe of Kev Harrison’s storytelling voice. My reading experience took me back to the days when I would read out of Grimm’s Fairytales to my little sisters. A re-imagined tale of Baba Yaga for a modern generation of horror readers. This was captivating, unputdownable, and deliciously suspenseful. I had to know what was going to happen. My reader’s heart was one hundred percent emotionally invested. Again, horror lovers looking for the perfect Halloween read, this is your book.